How to get the mouse to work in MS-DOS?

Question

How do I get the mouse to work in MS-DOS?

Answer

This question was answered on April 3, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

For the mouse to work in a real DOS environment you must have either the Microsoft Mouse driver mouse.com loading in your autoexec.bat or the mouse device driver mouse.sys loading in your config.sys

Before placing any information into the Autoexec.bat / Config.sys you need to locate one of the files on your computer To locate a file in MS-DOS type either of the following commands at C:\>.

dir mouse.com /s

or

dir mouse.sys /s

Once either of the commands are typed in you should receive a listing of which directory contains one of the above files If you get file not found try the alternate command.

Once the file has been located on the computer, depending upon which file is found, use one of the following examples:

IN AUTOEXEC.BAT:

LH C:\WINDOWS\MOUSE.COM

IN CONFIG.SYS:

DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\MOUSE.SYS

Keep in mind the above two lines are examples and if either file is located in another directory you would need to substitute the C:\WINDOWS\ for the directory the file was found in.

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Posted by olivia of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 3, 2003