I think this is a NVIDIA-related problem. If it belongs somewhere else, PLEASE redirect me. I'm running a 2002/2003 Windows XP machine, Service Pack II installed. My video card is a NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (driver version = 188.8.131.5216). I just installed DirectX 10 this morning. System Restore has not been turned on in a LONG time.
Here's the story. I've been playing Age of Mythology and Diablo II for a long time; there've never been any problems running them on my system. The other day, I started AoM, and whenever the title screen would load, something odd would happen. I could move the mouse cursor for a second or two, and then the visuals would freeze for about fifteen seconds; the music would continue playing. Suddenly the music/sound would "grind" or "skip" and then I could move the mouse again. Then it would freeze, starting the cycle all over again. The whole time this is happening, the graphics start to look kind of funny--I'm not sure how to describe them. I tried installing old NVIDIA GeForce drivers over my newer ones (to sort of revert?), and I think that might have made the problem worse, which leads me to the next problem.
After thinking that reinstalling older drivers messed things up, I installed the new ones (I think they're the newest ones?) again. Now, my mouse is acting funny. Once it gets a few pixels from the far left edge of the screen, it disappears. I can "drag" it to the left--off the screen--for a few seconds, and then I have to drag it to the right for an equal amount of time for it to get back on-screen. I took a screen shot trying to illustrate the problem, and it came out like this
. The text reads "Mouse cursor disappears in this circled area / This is how my desktop appears when I take a screenshot of it."
Before directing me, please note that I've already been here
, tried to follow the directions, but to no avail. Thanks in advance, and I'm sorry for the long post.