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    Missing Mouse

    I have several older computers (386, Pentium II era, that sorta thing) that we use for older games. Recently reformatted and reinstalled Win95. A common problem has surfaced. Cannot get any of them to recognize the mouse from DOS. Trying to install some older games that we used back when we used Win95 wtih no problems, but when we install these same games, no mouse. The old Wolfenstein and the old Lemmings can't (in my opinion) be played without a mouse! Any clues as to why DOS wont' see the mouse? Tried using a non-scroll mouse, but that didn't work.
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    Re: Missing Mouse

    DOS never supported the Mouse, only the programs that had drivers for the mouse was supported. Even to day, with the NEW OS's booted to pure DOS the mouse is NOT supported.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Missing Mouse

    Do you mean that it's not being recongnized by your system to where it can be used on your desktop?

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    Re: Missing Mouse

    No, the system sees the mouse and it works fine in Windows. All the mice we've tried work okay. The problem surfaces when we install games that run from DOS. These games used to bring up an option for choosing to use a mouse. Now they do not. Thanks for any input and for your time on this insignificant problem!

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    Re: Missing Mouse

    Hi miladytn,

    For DOS-based programs to be able to use a mouse outside the Windows environment, you'll need to have a real-mode mouse driver loaded, generally via config.sys (usually using a file titled mouse.sys or something similar - or maybe mouse.exe for DOS 6) or autoexec.bat (usually using a file titled mouse.exe or mouse.com or something similar). DOS doesn't recognise a mouse unless the driver is loaded. If you don't want the DOS mouse driver loaded all the time, you'll have to run the .exe or .com version from the command line.

    You'll probably get your games' mouse options back if you make sure the mouse driver is loaded.

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