It sounds like the sort of thing that can happen when a program is using obsolete hardware commands -- which means we would need someone with know-how to update some of the library routines. T hope this isn't the case.
It's also possible that you're running a desktop gadget that's using the same video address as the menu system. I'm hoping this is the case. If so, try disabling those while running the game.
Another possibility is that you have two pointing devices competing for attention. If this is running on a laptop then you might need to disable your touch-pad.
Please let us know if you find a solution. Thanks.