Mouse pointer freezes on bootup

  ARTEXMANN 23:52 16 Apr 03

During bootup, the mouse pointer freezes, becoming unresponsive, and the whole bootup process halts. The only thing which gets things moving again is to repeatedly press the CD-ROM drive button, so that the caddy comes out, then to push it back in. After doing this from one to five times, things get going again.
It may happen three or four times during bootup.
Could the CPU be on the way out?
It's a Pentium 166, running Windows 95.

  Giggle n' Bits 00:56 17 Apr 03

Possibly a system cleanup my realise some resources. Thing is Win95, bit dated now.

Any programmes you do not need I would zap away carefully not taking any shared system files though.

You didn't say what type of mouse you have. COM Port/seriel type connection, PS/2 or usb ?.

On boot the computer loads the systems drivers, its just getting run down with age or overloading of other programes/devices. Possibly more memory would help, clean out cookies, temp internet files.

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