Cursor won't move!!!

April 21, 2011 at 17:50:32
Specs: Win 3.1/DOS6.20, 200 Mhz intel/64 MB
I have a 1995 (BIOS date. not exact.) computer with DOS6.20 and WIN3.1 on it. when i ran WIN for first time, the cursor didn't move. tried checking connections, and still no go. i am using a PS\2 mouse on a COM2 port using a adapter. does that not work? it work on countless other restoration projects with PS\2 adapters to COM2 ports.

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#1
April 22, 2011 at 10:11:19
Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. I had a similar problem using a PS/2 into a serial adapter. Tried on a different PC and it worked. I suspect BUS conflict is the reason, in that different motherboards address the ports in their own way. In my case, I eventually managed to dig around and find a true serial mouse and then everything was fine with using that. I don't know if having the true device driver for the specific mouse would help, but it would be worth a try.

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#2
April 23, 2011 at 11:47:12
"i am using a PS\2 mouse on a COM2 port using a adapter. does that not work?"

Often, no, it doesn't. If your using a serial-port for the mouse, then (as MisterGopher states) best to track down a serial mouse.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#3
April 23, 2011 at 17:27:49
but is there any specific driver for a PS/2 to Serial port? i already spent 60$ on this computer and don't want to spend 20$ more.

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#4
April 23, 2011 at 17:35:31
P.S to my last post^^^^
My PS/2 mouse is a Intellimouse Generic Plug-n-Play (if win95 and up) and does not have a driver disk. (or i can't find it.) if you can find any, that'd be great.

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#5
April 24, 2011 at 15:32:05
Asking for a serial mouse at your local computer outlet will get you some funny looks. A local reconditioning shop might be a better bet and probably cheap too. I checked on ebay and they do exist and are fairly cheap. Unless you want an original packaged MS serial mouse (a rare item) which I saw for $75! I only have one myself - a Logitech serial - another hard find. My other generic brand one was clicked to death. Still kept it in case I figure a way to change the click module with a soldering iron.

I think I might go on a hunting and gathering mission for them next time I'm in town or at the weekend flea market.


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#6
April 24, 2011 at 22:05:21
"but is there any specific driver for a PS/2 to Serial port?"

No. As mentioned before, it's somewhat of a crapshoot getting one to work with the adapter.

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#7
July 21, 2011 at 12:11:06
You guys will never believe this! I got a true MS serial mouse, in original package, driver floppy and everything for 25 cents at a garage sale! :-p XD

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#8
July 21, 2011 at 14:43:27
Sealed in original package?! If so, DON'T OPEN IT. I have seen them on Ebay selling for around $50! I have one, but it was a used one I found while rummaging around the IT department junk room. So I was successful in my mouse hunt too I guess.

I am glad you finally found one. Congrats!

Further edit: You probably won't need to use the driver disk. But hang on to it.


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#9
July 22, 2011 at 11:45:03
i haven't opened the package, why not? i've spent a week looking for a serial mouse for my comp, and i find one, now u tell me not to open it? i don't want to profit from it, and i need this mouse for excel 4.0a in win 3.1. why not?

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#10
July 22, 2011 at 12:20:10
I guess if you need it you might as well use it. It's just they are rare shrink wrapped in the original package and you actually hit the lottery for an investment of 25ยข.

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#11
July 23, 2011 at 11:15:47
I love the old yard sales...you never know what old computer goodies you're going to find. If you need a piece of old legacy hardware on eBay it's going to cost you a fortune, it's simple economics, supply and demand.

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