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Mouse Pointer Disappears Under xorg "nv" Driver

Om running etch on my shuttle XPC SN21G5.  According to lspci, this
machine has on-board GeForce 6100 video:

mmiller@xpc1:~/postgres/8.2.0/postgresql-8.2.0$ lspci |grep VGA
00:05. VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation C51G [GeForce
       6100] (rev a2)

Now, "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg" does not automatically detect a
proper video driver, and selects "vesa" as the default driver.  If I
pound my way through dpkg-reconfigure, accepting defaults all the way, X
works, but scrolling and widow movement are painfully slow.  If I tell
dpkg-reconfigure to use "nv" as the video driver, and then run through
the rest of the defaults, I get snappier window behavior, but my mouse
pointer disappears.  The mouse still works; if I move it around I'll
eventually see some evidence of where the pointer should be, and I can
click away as usual.  However, I can't seem to get an X configuration
that has both snappy window response and a visible mouse pointer.

My mouse is connected to the PS/2 jack, but I've had similar problems
using a USB mouse.  I've tried various permutaitons of mouse settings in
dpkg-reconfigure, but to no avail.

What can I try next?

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