|dmudbaby, first thought is that by default you should either have a mouse or a cursor (part of the basic OS?). In order for the mouse to be active, it needs a driver.|
Next thought is mouse itself. Do you have a cursor? See if you are able to use your arrow keys to move it. Control panel>mouse ought to get you to mouse settings (if not, see if it's under 'My Computer'). See if the mouse's enabled. Maybe you have to turn it on in the BIOS? Think if you get the mouse itself to work, a pointer will be there and you can select pointers if you like.
Ed in Texas.