Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS6, CC: Cursor disappears on Mountain Lion (MacOS 10.8)

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My cursor keeps disappearing with CS4 and CS5. This started after I installed Mountain Lion. I have noticed this on 2 different iMacs, one at home and one at work.
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Marc Straub

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Terrence Seaford

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This may be a solution. First, some background.
I experienced the disappearing cursor in CS5.5 after upgrading to 10.8 from 10.6. I reverted to Snow Leopard successfully. A couple of weeks ago I decided to give 10.8 another try. But this time I skipped upgrading over a Snow Leopard installation.

I backed up my boot drive, wiped it and then booted my 10.8 test installation from an external disk, restarted, and booted the Recovery partition. I installed 10.8 on my MBP's internal drive from the Recovery partition. I then restored my apps and files, after OS installation, using Migration Assistant.

After an hour of running small to large cursor exercises, Photoshop behaved as it should. No cursor issues. Last Friday I upgraded to CS6. So far so good.

So, upgrading over the 10.6 install may be the culprit, forcing the misalignment of ones and zeros that have caused so much pain and suffering. And if this "solution" continues to work, I'll likely tear everything apart and do a complete virgin install of everything from the ground up.
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This sounds like a brilliant and sensible solution. I think I’ll do this 1st, as opposed to doing the upgrade over Snow Leopard.
Nothing like a clean install to do the trick.

Has anyone else tried this?
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A few people have done a clean OS install and reported that cursors worked correctly (and other OS bugs got better). But we have not been able to confirm this.

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