X issue? No mouse cursor in between sessions (sometimes).
I have a regular optical USB mouse conected to PS/2. Occasionaly i
come home to the gdm login screen, turn on the monitor and discover i
have no mouse cursor. I can login and do whatever i want, the mouse is
there and works, but i see no pointer.
I've tried issuing kill -HUP to both gdm (two instances?) and Xorg as
well as killing them both and restarting gdm. There's a process called
kpsmoused i can't seem to kill. So far the only "solution" i've found
is the rather unelegant reboot. I mostly use fluxbox but i don't think
that's relevant and i believe that it has happened with gnome as well.
There's no particular pattern i can follow to duplicate this, i log
in/out all the time. I last ran apt-get dist-upgrade a few days ago
but this particular issue still persists and, if i remember right, it
happens not only in between sessions but during a session as well.
Here's some useful info:
Debian unstable running on an Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard.
shell: dmesg |grep mouse
[ 0.917797] input: Macintosh mouse button emulation as /class/input/input0
[ 0.928133] mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
shell: Xorg -version
X.Org X Server 1.4.2
Release Date: 11 June 2008
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: Linux Debian (xorg-server 2:1.4.2-9)
Current Operating System: Linux deb64 2.6.26-1-amd64 #1 SMP Mon Dec 15
17:25:36 UTC 2008 x86_64
Build Date: 15 November 2008 06:52:35PM
Module Loader present
Is the SMP for multiprocessor? 'Cos i only have one... I also don't
have Bluetooth but that shows up on my dmesg.
which got no response. I couldn't even register in the X.org's mailing
list 'cos it kept giving me "mailman error"s. After pestering debian's
irc channel on freenode, CutMeOwnThroat pointed me to this thread:
...which solved the issue. At least so far i haven't lost the mouse
and it's been 7 days running. Anyone having the same problem (mouse
cursor disappearing) can use this. Short answer, add
Option "HWCursor" "off"
to the Device section of your xorg.conf
HTH the next guy
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