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After installing the proprietary Nvidia drivers, my mouse cursor looks like this:

Large mouse pointer

The arrow image is much larger than normal. How can I fix it?


  • How I installed the Nvidia drivers:

    1. Install linux-source, linux-headers-generic, and nvidia-current-updates, then reboot.
    2. Run sudo nvidia-xconfig.
    3. Run gksudo nvidia-settings, adjust the absolute position of my two monitors, and save the automatically generated xorg.conf.
    4. Apply the workaround for bug #1057000 to xorg.conf, then reboot.
  • The cursor size settings referred to in this answer are normal.

  • The problem does not happen when the mouse pointer is over Amarok or Firefox.

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closed as too localized by ændrük, Luis Alvarado Apr 11 '13 at 20:35

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I did a fresh installation of Ubuntu 13.04 for other reasons and can't reproduce this anymore. – ændrük Apr 11 '13 at 20:19
I have this problem. – Greg Nov 10 '13 at 13:02
@Greg Go ahead and open a new question with the details of your setup, and just be sure to link to this one. – ændrük Nov 10 '13 at 20:18
Same problem with amd drivers.. Fix below does not work. – Christophe De Troyer May 5 '15 at 8:29

I got the same problem and in the end, I just switched from lightdm to gdm and that fixed it.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm

then reboot.

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I too had this problem and a sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm then log out and in fixed it for me. – codeape Feb 21 '13 at 14:59
I don't think this problem really justifies switching to a nonstandard display manager. Also, @codeape, that should be posted as a separate answer. And no, it didn't resolve the problem for me. – ændrük Apr 11 '13 at 20:22
I had this issue in Debian 8.5 and switching to gdm3 worked. – Dax Kieran Jun 26 at 12:29

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