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"control main.cpl" (no quotes) brings up the mouse control panel from the
Run dialog box. Give this a try and see if you can access your mouse
properties. 192806 How to Run Control Panel Tools by Typing a Command http://support.microsoft.com/?id=192806
Make sure you have the proper drivers loaded if the mouse in question
requires anything more than standard PS\2 or USB drivers for connectivity.
Ensure the file exists, and then check that it does not have .disabled
appended to it . <Program Name>.cpl.disabled. This should only occur on a
XP upgrade, but I threw it in there.
You may need to replace "main.cpl" in order to repair a corrupted file:
this is from an NT4 article, but it should work on 2000
173132 Replacing Missing Control Panel Icons http://support.microsoft.com/?id=173132
It would help to know, when this started (was anything
changed\added\removed) and what type of mouse this is. Based on the post, I
would say main.cpl was corrupt and control panel does not recognize the
file. Therefore, you may have to extract it from the original CD to repair
it. For the KB article on extracting files from CD: 221153 Control Panel
Does Not Open http://support.microsoft.com/?id=221153 <---- this KB article should help
you resurrect a corrupt control panel if that is the issue.
Elijah Landreth [MSFT]
Microsoft Server Setup Team
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