Standby or hibernate - mouse freezes on restart - XP Pro

January 6, 2013 at 11:46:22
Specs: Windows XP Pro

Windows XP Pro. A couple years ago I was given a Compaq pc with Windows XP Pro. It works fine most of the time, but since day one, when I put it in standby mode, upon restart, the desktop comes back up ok, but the mouse cursor won't move. The only way to get it back to normal is to hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart, then the mouse will be back to normal. Of course this defeats the purpose of putting it in Standby.

Any idea how to correct this?

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January 6, 2013 at 12:03:03

Standby / Sleep and Hibernate were designed for laptops to conserve battery power. Instead of using those features, go into Control Panel / power management and configure the computer to just shut off the monitor after a certain amount of time and let the hard drives on. Save it and exit. If you're not going to use the computer for quite awhile, shut it off to conserve energy.

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January 6, 2013 at 16:35:20

Does this happen with a usb mouse? Try un/replugging it to see if the driver refreshes. Install the latest driver, or roll back to the previous. Standby is short of hibernation, right? otherwise you can try turning hibernation off, rebooting, then back on. Also check the power settings in the bios.

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January 6, 2013 at 16:56:01

I meant to reply to "grasshooper's:" post, but not sure if I did it right. Are you sure about that? I also have an IBM desktop PC that's around 12 years old, that has W98. This has the standby feature too and it works fine. Click Standby and it powers down into stanby mode. When I move the mouse or click a keyboard key, it powers up and the mouse arrow works fine. It works this way with a USB mouse or the old type.

The Compaq with the problem has the old type mouse, not a USB mouse.

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January 6, 2013 at 20:51:58

solution #1 is the best...especially for a Desktop.

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January 6, 2013 at 22:55:32

I also agree with solution #1.

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January 7, 2013 at 04:21:17

Sleep for desktops is a Hybrid or sleep and hibernate especially designed by MS for desktops. I have used Sleep for my desktops for more than 15years and rarely shut them down (a restart every 2 or 3 months if Windows update doesn't demand one before that).
Make sure that your mouse is plugged into your rear USB ports directly on the motherboard, rather than front ports or ones on any hub or expansion card. If you are using a wireless mouse, try a wired one to see if that is the issue. Try updating your drivers for your motherboard.

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