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I have a usb Microsoft mouse that works fine on Windows, but on Ubuntu it stops working if I stop using it for three seconds (literally, I counted). At this point, I am unable to move it, I have to click, almost as if it wake the mouse up. And that sucks because apparently that click is a legit click and I end up closing out of stuff sometimes...

Anyway, please help if you've ran into this sort of problem before. I know that there's a chance that this is just an unsolvable hardware issue that I might just have to live with (or write a driver).

Thanks in advance for your time.

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I have exactly the same problem. Never had it with previous Ubuntus or previous computers (same microsoft usb mouse). Did you find a solution at the end ? – rodrigob Mar 14 '13 at 17:11
maybe some default values of variables changed in the kernel – thom Jun 25 '13 at 17:32
What solved this problem in my case was executing this: for i in /sys/bus/usb/devices/*/power/control; do echo on > $i; done. You can find more information here:… – ΔλЛ Jan 25 '15 at 10:16

Yes, I encountered this same problem (although in a different way).

In my case it was due to agressive powersaving on USB ports.
This was something I did (to) myself.

If you want to change this behaviour (which, I guess, you do), you could create a permanent settings file to force USB always on.
Open a root console and type (or copy/paste):

echo 'ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", TEST=="power/control" ATTR{power/control}="on"' >/etc/udev/rules.d/usb_power_save.rules
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