How to bring your mouse back to life in Ubuntu

Posted on the February 2nd, 2011 under Linux,Software and Technology by Tohir

Occasionally, I encounter the issue where my mouse moves around the screen, but I can’t left click. Right click does work. Instead of rebooting tonight, thought I’d try to find a solution tabbing away on the keyboard whilst I still had a browser open.

Solution:

  • Press Ctrl+F1 to go to a terminal screen
  • Login with your username and password
  • sudo mobprobe -r psmouse
  • sudo modprobe psmouse
  • Ctrl+F7

This removes the mouse ‘driver’ from the kernel, and re-adds it. Wallaa!



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