I went ahead and installed the cursor theme, but......since my dconf editor has NO contents<!!!> I can't switch to it.
Couriouser and couriouser.
Surely ALL my config files can't be missing...but something sure is up with that. At one point I did attempt to reset the Unity configuration - Oh, that's right that was your suggestion - so that should have written a cile for that, yet dconf editor shows NOTHING in ANY of the categories.
I've been using the Ubuntu desktop just to see if anything doesn't mystically change on its own, but maybe I need too d/l a 13.04 image, burn it and hopw Ubuntu has a repair install....or just trash the whole damn thing and start from scratch. On a cosmic scale, it wouldn't be all that much of a disaster, as the main reason for my Ubuntu VM is just to do email - it's not like it's my main and only PC, although there would be a certain satisfaction in getting to the bottom of this. Surely there's a repair install. I might just try that....but don't stop with the suggestions...Come to think of it, I also have a couple month old mirror of this VM that I could still maintain my email without a risk, I need to verify that it's still there, and my email is all happy and functional, then see if I can do a repair.....