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After installing Ubuntu 12.04 on a Macbook pro 6.2, the touchpad and external USB mouse worked perfectly. After restarting the system, I can't get either touchpad or external USB mouse to work. Sometimes there is no cursor, but more often I can only move the cursor horizontally of the way across the monitor from the top left. I have uninstalled mouseemu. xinpu list shows the USB mouse. xinput query-state for the USB mouse shows the following:

ValuatorClass Mode=Relative Proximity=In

and re-issuing this command with the pointer at its right hand extreme displays the same except for:


So the valuator[0] seems to be the x-coordinate of the cursor and the range of motion 480-1679 is indeed about of the display width (1440). But valuator[1] is suspiciously large given the display height is 900. Perhaps this is a side-effect of having previously been using a dual monitor although booting with that monitor connected does not help.

There are other entries listed under xinput list:

  1. Virtual core XTEST pointer which seems stuck at position (840,1050).
  2. bcm5974 which seems stuck at position (837,6700).

Removing the bcm5974 module using rmmod disables the touchpad as expected but does not fix the USB mouse problem. After adding the module back, it is stuck at position (840,1050) instead of (837,6700).

etc/X11/xorg.conf was generated by nvidia-settings and contains:

Section "InputDevice"

    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
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A couple things -- what did you do between reboots after installing? Does it work if you boot from a livecd? It may help to remove your xorg.conf file and try using the nouveau (OSS) drivers for the nvidia card and see if things work under that config. Add things back in from there until you discover the issue. – balloons Jun 8 '12 at 2:31
@balloons. Good suggestion. I now am in a repeatable state. With no xorg.conf I can boot with no external monitor. Using NVIDIA to detect dual displays and create a xorg.conf works providing I keep the external monitor plugged in. If I reboot without the external monitor, I need to remove xorg.conf first otherwise I'm back to the above symptoms. This at least gives me a workaround. – Glyn Normington Jun 14 '12 at 7:51

Answered in comments by balloons

As a work around, it may help to remove your xorg.conf file and try using the nouveau (OSS) drivers for the nvidia card and see if things work under that config.

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You may be right, but this system no longer exists. – Glyn Normington Jul 9 '14 at 14:43
Just adding to help other users with a similar problem. – Tim Jul 9 '14 at 14:43

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