I got a new computer for my son (thanks, @Enidigm) that is a Alienware Alpha–a PC with a console form-factor, a bit like a Steam machine. We’re trying to use it as a desktop, which it mostly does fine. However, it automatically sets the controller up to drive the mouse cursor. There are supposed to be some special button presses on the controller to turn this off, but they don’t work, I think because we didn’t run the entire console-mode setup process (for a variety of reasons).
Anyway, after a bunch of experimenting, I found that the machine has two devices in the device manager, one which is a second mouse device and the other which is a second keyboard device. Disabling them doesn’t seem to remove controller input to the mouse cursor, but uninstalling them both does. (You might ask why I need to uninstall the keyboard one? I don’t know why, but if I just uninstall the mouse device, then the RIGHT stick moves the mouse cursor, when the left stick did it previously. Weird.)
Alright, so this is a decent solution, but there’s one problem: Even though I’ve uninstalled the devices, when the computer reboots, they’re back again.
Does anyone know what might cause these to always get installed, and if there’s somewhere I can so to stop that from happening?
I’ve scoured Google and there are a variety of threads on the general controller/mouse issues, but none that address this problem.
The machine runs Win 8.1, by the way.
Thanks for any help!