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Sat, Aug 01, 2015 10:33 pm

Resetting the mouse in Ubuntu

I could no longer move the mouse pointer on an eMachines netbook system running Ubuntu 12.04. I could use Alt-Tab to move between open windows, but could not move the mouse pointer using the touchpad. Using the instructions at Restarting your touchpad/mouse in Ubuntu in simple steps, I used the Alt-F2 key combination to obtain a "run a command" field. I tried gksudo modprobe -r psmouse then hit Alt-F2 again and entered gksudo modprobe psmouse but found no difference. I already had a terminal window open, so I switched to it with Alt-Tab, though you can open one by hitting Alt-F2 and entering gnome-terminal . I entered the command sudo modprobe -r psmouse there and provided my password when prompted. The screen then went black for a moment and I appeared to have been logged off. I provided the login password for my account, hit Alt-F2, typed gnome-terminal, then typed sudo modprobe psmouse. That restored mouse movement using the touchpad, though I did see the message "System program problem detected Do you want to report the problem now?" I chose to report the problem. That led to another window opening with the message "Sorry, Ubuntu 12.04 has experienced an internal error. If you notice further problems, try restarting the computer." When I chose to look at details, I saw the following:

Executable Path
  xserver-xorg-core 2:1:.11.4-0ubuntu10.13
Problem Type
  Xorg crashed with SIGABRT in raise()

A crash report for the incident was placed in /var/crash.

At that point after submitting the report, I decided to reboot.

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