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I had 13.04, upgraded to 13.10, and did a fresh install of 13.10, no luck. Any ideas? Just tail -f'd my syslog and plugged in the mouse. here is what I got:

Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia kernel: [83369.618365] usb 1-1.5.2: new full-speed USB device number 6 using ehci-pci
Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia kernel: [83369.718913] usb 1-1.5.2: New USB device found, idVendor=04d9, idProduct=a081
Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia kernel: [83369.718919] usb 1-1.5.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia kernel: [83369.718921] usb 1-1.5.2: Product: USB Gaming Mouse
Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia kernel: [83369.718924] usb 1-1.5.2: Manufacturer: Holtek
Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia kernel: [83369.722486] input: Holtek USB Gaming Mouse as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.5/1-1.5.2/1-1.5.2:1.0/input/input13
Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia kernel: [83369.722786] hid-generic 0003:04D9:A081.0004: input,hidraw3: USB HID v1.10 Keyboard [Holtek USB Gaming Mouse] on usb-0000:00:1a.0-1.5.2/input0
Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia kernel: [83369.729362] hid-generic 0003:04D9:A081.0005: usage index exceeded
Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia kernel: [83369.729366] hid-generic 0003:04D9:A081.0005: item 0 2 2 2 parsing failed
Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia kernel: [83369.729379] hid-generic: probe of 0003:04D9:A081.0005 failed with error -22
Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia kernel: [83369.731759] hid-generic 0003:04D9:A081.0006: hiddev0,hidraw4: USB HID v1.10 Device [Holtek USB Gaming Mouse] on usb-0000:00:1a.0-1.5.2/input2
Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia mtp-probe: checking bus 1, device 6: "/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.5/1-1.5.2"
Oct 26 16:15:50 Orithyia mtp-probe: bus: 1, device: 6 was not an MTP device

So, I see it did see it is a mouse... but the cursor doesn't move when I move the mouse. Not sure where to debug from here.


$ xinput
⎡ Virtual core pointer                      id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Logitech USB Laser Mouse                  id=8    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                     id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard               id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                              id=6    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                              id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ daskeyboard                               id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ daskeyboard                               id=10   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Holtek USB Gaming Mouse                   id=11   [slave  keyboard (3)]

kinda funny that a mouse is under the keyboard category. Probably related to whatever problem this is.

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"USB HID v1.10 Keyboard" I see a probable problem there. What's the output of xinput? Also, did it work in a Live CD? or a version older, like 12.04.3? – Braiam Nov 2 '13 at 21:44
just added that output. It didn't work in 12.10. Didn't try 12.04. It doesn't work in a liveCD/USB environment. – NullVoxPopuli Nov 2 '13 at 21:47
This seems like a kernel bug, it seems likely because of the hard-to-find nature of the hardware that the driver might need work. My recommendation is to try your luck with a report at and include the results of the outputs in your question, as well as lsusb. In your report, also report your finding with a fresher kernel. – Richard Nov 2 '13 at 22:04
Aight. I'll try that. Do I really need a new kernel? 13.10 just upgraded the kernal. uname -a: Linux Orithyia 3.11.0-12-generic #19-Ubuntu SMP Wed Oct 9 16:20:46 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux – NullVoxPopuli Nov 2 '13 at 22:07
The kernel guys will ask you to anyway; it helps to be absolutely certain it hasn't been fixed yet. You just have to download the *x86_64 files and *all file, cd to the directory they're in, and do sudo dpkg -i *.deb. Once finished testing, remove them with apt as you would any other kernel. These kernels are upstream kernels that represent the latest Ubuntu kernel versions as opposed to the version that's in the Ubuntu archives people download with apt. – Richard Nov 3 '13 at 0:11

3 Answers 3

up vote 1 down vote accepted

1. Upgrading the Kernel to 3.11.7

The most probable reason seems to be that there's no driver for this particular piece of hardware due to it being a not-so-popular brand. Upgrading to a new Kernel (3.11) that comes with 13.10 Saucy may solve this.

  1. Run commands below one by one to download DEBs for Kernel 3.11.7 (use Ctrl+Alt+T to open the Terminal):

    For 32 bit systems:


    For 64 bit systems:

  2. Both 32 bit & 64 bit install them via:

    sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.11.7-*.deb linux-image-3.11.7-*.deb

    Once done, restart your computer.

2. Reporting a Bug

If upgrading the Kernel doesn't solve it, you better report a bug giving as many details of your problem as possible here.

3. Get a new Mouse

You should report the bug, but it may take some time before it's patched (or it may be fixed in a couple of days too). Although I hate to give this advice (for it's not fit for developers to talk such), but these day Mice are dirt-cheap; ones from likes of Microsoft & Logitech cost INR 300-350 (USD 4.8-5.6 today) here in India. Just get a simple Logitech one if you can.

P.S. I know Nascita is a pretty good Gaming mouse, but you don't need it for that purpose on Ubuntu.

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thanks. :-) You're right, a gaming mouse on ubuntu is a little overkill. I actually can't really play computer games anymore due to my carpel tunnels being dumb. But the mouse is THE most comfortable thing I've ever held. :-) – NullVoxPopuli Nov 6 '13 at 20:59

The problem is with the kernel itself, and its not just mouse or keyboard, but all USB devices (bluetooth, wlan, ...)

The solution is to upgrade to a newer kernel (newer then 3.11.0) which at this moment is not available directly.

Follow the directions at

to upgrade your kernel to 3.11.7 This solved all my USB related problems at least :)


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Yes, you really need a new kernel. The mouse exceed HID_MAX_USAGES as a lot of other Holtek based devices. Support have been added in kernel 3.11.5 and higher. If you for some reason wanna stick to your current kernel and add support for the device manually. Have a look at this patch.

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thanks for explaining the reasoning for why it doesn't work with my kernel. I like knowing details like this :-) – NullVoxPopuli Nov 6 '13 at 16:37

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