Microsoft Mouse Problems with PC Tools and Windows

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SUMMARY
This article contains information on the following known usage problemswith Microsoft Windows, PC Tools, and the Microsoft Mouse driver:

  • Mouse problems with PC Tools version 7.0
  • Mouse problems with PC Tools version 6.0
PC Tools is manufactured by Central Point Software.
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MOUSE PROBLEMS WITH PC TOOLS VERSION 7.0

PC Tools version 7.0 may not work correctly with Microsoft Mouse driverversions 7.0, 7.03, and 7.04. Central Point product support technicianshave noted various problems when using these two driver versions andrecommend updating to Microsoft Mouse driver version 8.0 or later.

The 7.04 driver (with the "/Y" switch) works in most instances, althoughyou may encounter some problems with certain system configurations.

Central Point product support reports no known problems with the 6.24bdriver and PC Tools.

The reported problems may result because some portions of PC Tools conflictwith the increased file size of the 7.0 and 7.03 drivers. Changing to theearlier mouse driver, 6.24b, may free 10 to 15K of additional memory in thecontested address space of RAM.

MOUSE PROBLEMS WITH PC TOOLS VERSION 7.0

PC Tools version 6.0 may have problems running with a Microsoft mouseduring or after a Windows session. To correct this problem, you can do oneof the following:

  • Add the "/M:PS2" parameter to HIMEM.SYS.
  • Remove the"/Y" parameter from the mouse driver.
  • Run FIXMOUSE.BAT and FIXWIN.BAT.
Each of these steps is described more fully in the following paragraphs.

Adding The "/M:PS2" Parameter

Adding the "/M:PS2" parameter to the HIMEM.SYS reference line in theCONFIG.SYS file may resolve this problem. For example, the referenceto HIMEM.SYS in the CONFIG.SYS file should read as follows:
     DEVICE=C:\HIMEM.SYS /M:PS2				
-or-
     DEVICE=C:\HIMEM.SYS /M:2				

Removing the"/Y" Parameter from the Mouse Driver

If your computer does not have a Video Seven graphics card, removingthe "/Y" parameter from the MOUSE.SYS line in the CONFIG.SYS file mayalso resolve this problem. The "/Y" parameter on the mouse driverhelps resolve problems (relating to loss of mouse cursor control) witha Video Seven graphics card.

Run FIXMOUSE.BAT and FIXWIN.BAT

Central Point Software has created FIXMOUSE.BAT and FIXWIN.BAT to correctthe problems. These batch files are available from Central Point Softwarecustomer service or from the Central Point bulletin board service (BBS).

When you run an MS-DOS based application or exit Windows, the portdesignated for the mouse is reset. Windows does a soft reset on the portthat most MS-DOS-based applications are able to use. Some of theseapplications, including PC Tools, require a hard reset on the port to usethe mouse. Central Point Software has created FIXWIN.BAT and FIXMOUSE.BATto provide a hard reset on the mouse port.

Running FIXWIN.BAT starts Windows. When you exit, it calls FIXMOUSE.BAT,which does a hard reset and sends a command string out to the mouse port.

For more information, query on the following words here in the MicrosoftKnowledge Base:
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