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Old 01-05-2008, 07:43 PM
Default mouse/keyboard not responding under Xorg

On Fri, 2008-01-04 at 12:16 +0000, michael wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-01-03 at 15:51 +0000, michael wrote:
> > I've not managed to define precisely when I get problems but I'm
> > noticing
> > the following symptoms and was wondering if some kind soul would help me
> > debug what's going on in order to get to a solution? Thanks, Michael
> >
> > set-up: etch, gnome (eg gnome-core, metacity 2.14.5-4 and
> > Dell/Logitech USB optical mouse (seems to work fine in WinXP), with
> > nVidia graphics card/TwinView and 2 monitors (diff resolutions)
> >
> > symptoms (occasional and not sure how to repeat)
> >
> > a) double clicking won't select anything
> > b) in evolution, clicking on a new message or folder has no effect
> > c) the cursor (arrowhead) disappears - if I set prefs to show cursor by
> > depressing 'CNTL' I get the moving rectangles but there's no cursor
> > there)
> > d) focus doesn't move to new window (as it should and usually does)
> >
> > I think the following is also a symptom but not 100% sure:
> > e) doing ALT-TAB to move between windows does nothing on very first
> >
> > If it's the keyboard that's failed then using I also cannot get Gnome
> > menus (it selects the top level but nothing is shown) but can use the
> > mouse to open more new app/windows and then at some pt the keyboard
> > seems to be 'reset' such that it starts working again.
> >
> > I've tried KDE and that also has the keyboard not responding (eg if I
> > try to switch desktops quickly then the keyboard stops responding) -
> > opening the control centre and changing options in there appears to
> > 'reset' the keyboard.
> >
> > Any thoughts either on what's going on or how to debug it to narrow
> > down the issues? I've asked on the Debian mailing list but am still
> > stuck. I've had this line in my xorg.conf re Mouse device:
> > Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
> > although it's a USB mouse I'm using, but commenting it out I still see the same issues
> adding boot kernel option 'noapic' (as suggested on some fora) doesn't
> help

but if in Gnome I turn off Gnome
(metacity?)'s "select windows when the
mouse moves over them" option (and thus also turning off auto-raise) it
*seems* to make the problem go away...

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