Turning off animations results in lagging mouse

I did it. I don't know how. But I turned on animations. It's not something I would normally do. Now I have a little square chasing my mouse cursor everywhere.

If I turn animations off, the mouse action on screen becomes nearly unusable. I've tried rolling back my install by a day from a timeshift backup but this square keeps following my cursor.

Please help me before I descend into madness. :wink:

Hi and welcome to the forum :slight_smile:
Could you please tell us the version and edition of Zorin you are using?
GNOME desktop and XFCE desktop behave very differently.

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When you turned on animations I guess you did not expect a Tom & Jerry cat and mouse chase to appear on your screen.

Please reply to @FrenchPress question whether you have ZorinOS 16 Core, Pro or maybe ZorinOS 15.3 Lite. We need to know if your desktop is GNOME or XFCE.

EDIT: Also, Is your mouse wired or wireless?
Have you tried disconnecting and reconnecting it?


That is close to what I expected when I turned it on for the first time. :rofl:

I have the pro version. The mouse is wired. I have tried unplugging it and then plugging it back in. I'm running on an AMD Ryzen 3750 based machine with 16GB memory.

I have enabled 200 percent scaling on my 4k monitor. I also tried altering the font sizes. I set them all back to what the system defaults were but the problem persists.

I tried connecting a Bluetooth mouse. The problem seemed to momentarily go away. Then it came back. If I turn off animations, both mice track in a very chunky mode and are practically useless.

I'm at the stage where I can just go back and rebuild the system. I do have a backup. I just wanted to see if there was an easy solution. I also really want to participate in some small way.

I'm really liking this OS and GUI. I sacrificed Windows on a brand new machine to run it. Even with this little snafu, I'm not missing the Windows. :wink:


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Aha! The trailing squares went away and I don't recall doing anything to specifically address the problem. I did install remote viewer, the X11 vnc server, and Steam. However, the problem of turning off animations still results in a chunky performing mouse. So I'll leave them on.

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Okay. I spoke too soon. It's back.

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What if you turn the 200% scaling off?

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Nope. Turning off scaling doesn't work. The problem follows.

If you guys don't need any diagnostics from me, I'm reverting to my original install and go from there. I'll wait for a couple hours for your reply.

Zorin 16 Pro includes the installation assistance.

If none of our suggestion works, you could also ask for a help directly to the Zorin team by sending email you have received when you purchased Zorin 16 Pro.


I did try a websearch for this in relation to Ubuntu 20.04, but nothing similar came up.

I assume you still have your Zorin16 Pro USB?
Can you boot that and see what happens when you turn mouse anmations on/of in "Try Zorin" mode from the USB?


Though old, perhaps this thread may still be useful:

I had never heard of this, either.


Thanks for this. This page has several things to look for if the problem raises its head again. I started over early this morning from a cold install. The problem is gone for the moment. By default, animations are turned on so I haven't dared turn them off. I shall be aware of things like zoom or an app that does this. What surprises me is that I kept creeping backwards through several snapshots I normally take with Timeshift. I couldn't shake it even with the snapshot I made right after the original install. Definitely some weird stuff going on.


My animations are not working at all , in the Version 16, Do anyone have any idea?

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