Weird mouse cursor

The mouse cursor on my Ubuntu Edgy Eft Linux (and on previous versions of Ubuntu as well) has been acting weird for a while.

The mouse cursor was perfectly consistent with the theme I had chosen except when I placed the cursor on a, say, flash animation on a web page, the cursor turned into a large square which looked like a two dimensional barcode.

The same thing happened in when I wanted to use the "format paintbrush" function.

The following image is a very similar picture for the mouse cursor I had when the pointer was on the flash animation. When I moved the pointer away from the flash image, the mouse cursor returned to a normal arrow head.

weird mouse pointer
My weird mouse cursor looked like this

I lived comfortably with this small problem for a long while but recently I decided the time fix this arrived.

Playing with themes did not work. Playing with /usr/share/icons and ~/.icons directories did not help.

After long search sessions with Google, I came across a hint suggesting a solution to disappearing mouse cursors on Matrox support site. Although my graphics card is not a Matrox (it is simple S3 Savage card), I tried the hint and it worked for me as well.

I added the line

Option          "HWCursor" "Off"

into the "Screen" section of my "/etc/X11/xorg.conf" file (see below); restarted the X server by Alt-Ctrl-Bspace and vola...

Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Default Screen"
        Device          "S3 Inc. VT8375 [ProSavage8 KM266/KL266]"
        Monitor         "PHILIPS 107T"
        Option          "HWCursor" "Off"
        DefaultDepth    24
        . . .

I hope this small note helps others as well.