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Annoying cursor flicker with WMP

#1
When Windows Media Player is playing, the mouse cursor flickers between 'Busy
in the background' and 'Pointer' cursors, which is annoying. Is there a
workaround for this (temporary disable 'Busy' cursor)?
 

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Mr. Arnold

#2
"SC@xxxxxx" <SCVENGER@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> When Windows Media Player is playing, the mouse cursor flickers between
> 'Busy
> in the background' and 'Pointer' cursors, which is annoying. Is there a
> workaround for this (temporary disable 'Busy' cursor)?
Move the cursor out of the way so you don't see it?
 

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Mark L. Ferguson

#3
I suppose you could assign a keyboard combo to a shortcut that ran a script
to re-enable the mouse cursor when you wanted it again. Disabling the mouse
device in Device Manager or a script would disable the cursor.

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"SC@xxxxxx" <SCVENGER@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> When Windows Media Player is playing, the mouse cursor flickers between
> 'Busy
> in the background' and 'Pointer' cursors, which is annoying. Is there a
> workaround for this (temporary disable 'Busy' cursor)?
 

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#4
OK, I've had this annoying flicker for quite a while before tracking it down to WMP. Probably because I didn't have WMP open, but I discovered it silently running in the background (Showed in the task list).

So what is the real answer here? And I don't mean the turning off the cursor or moving it out of the way stupidity - they're NOT an answer. How is one supposed to work in a graphics paint program with the flickering, as the active 'point' of the mouse alternates position with the flickering.

Just what the *&^(*) is WMP doing anyway?

Sure I now know how to 'cure' it (kill WMP) but this is a real annoyance.

George
 

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CSharpArchitect

#5
I have the same issue and it just recently started, when I shut down windows
media player the cursor goes back to normal.

"Mr. Arnold" wrote:

>
> "SC@xxxxxx" <SCVENGER@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:D00CD9B6-A5FE-4199-AAA5-EB043306AB31@xxxxxx

> > When Windows Media Player is playing, the mouse cursor flickers between
> > 'Busy
> > in the background' and 'Pointer' cursors, which is annoying. Is there a
> > workaround for this (temporary disable 'Busy' cursor)?
>
> Move the cursor out of the way so you don't see it?
>
>
 

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Fixamer

#6
Try to remove SD card, or whatever WMP tries to sync with. I inserted SD card
when WMP was on. Mouse was flickering when it was in PC with WMP running.

"SC@xxxxxx" wrote:

> When Windows Media Player is playing, the mouse cursor flickers between 'Busy
> in the background' and 'Pointer' cursors, which is annoying. Is there a
> workaround for this (temporary disable 'Busy' cursor)?
 

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#7
Fixamer: The problem is that WMP is not 'running' visibly, so you can't 'see' what its accessing. In my case there are no memory cards inserted, only a couple of USB cards. And my system monitor shows it hammering the hard drive, not the USB devices. As soon as WMP is killed, the HD usage goes back to zero.

As I said: WTF is it doing? I don't even use WMP to handle my media collection, I use iTunes.
 
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System One

  • CPU
    AMD Phenom Quad 2.2 ghz
    Memory
    3 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro
    Hard Drives
    500 gb internal
    160 gb USB external