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My mouse works under Windows 95, and in DOS boxes running under Windows 95, but not when I boot to DOS or "Restart the computer in MS-DOS mode"
Explanation: You are running Windows 95 and the mouse works properly within the graphical interface (regular Windows 95). DOS programs have mouse support when run within Windows 95 (in a DOS box or window). However, when you restart the computer into DOS mode, or boot straight to DOS without starting Windows 95, your DOS applications have no mouse support.
Diagnosis: You do not have a DOS-based mouse driver loaded, and you need one. Windows 95 has native mouse drivers which function when the graphical user interface is running. The mouse driver loads when you start Windows 95 and supports both Windows applications and also DOS applications that run within Windows. However, when you "Restart the computer in MS-DOS mode", you are merely shutting down Windows 95 and staying in the DOS 7 environment that underlies it. This unloads the Windows 95 mouse driver, so you won't be able to access the mouse unless you load a DOS mouse driver when you shut down (or don't start) "true" Windows 95.