When I put my gaming mouse into the USB slot the light comes on but my cursor won't move and the buttons won't work. I stupidly threw away the CD that came with the mouse but they have the program available on the website and so I downloaded it and when I click on it, it just open as a file and not a executable program. What can i do?
There's no reason a mouse shouldn't work at all without drivers - the drivers are primarily to enable extra keys, or to send commands to the mouse. While I'd test this on a windows system to be sure (and to rule out the possibility that it simply dosen't work in windows), chances are the mouse is faulty (and i've had faulty mice work perfectly as a mouse, I just had problems changing settings on it) and that you ought to get it replaced.
There's a few things I'd check in troubleshooting the mouse in question in ubuntu
If your device is not in /dev/input/by-path , or lsusb, something is off. I'd borrow a windows box (as I suggested earlier), plug it in, and see if it works there (and if it does, I'd be baffled) and if it still dosen't, RMA that darned thing cause its broken.