I am totally new regarding Ubuntu, recently converted from Windows. A friend installed Ubuntu 13.10 on my laptop a few months ago. It's been working great up until about thirty minutes ago.
I booted up the system tonight after having shut it down this morning before work. Upon startup my mouse/cursor is missing, my internet connection is disabled (despite the wireless adapter being switched on and the internet connection working fine on other devices in the house). I am able to use the keyboard and access the terminal, but I don't know the first thing about fixing this issue.
I tried searching the Ubuntu forums and Ask Ubuntu, but I don't see any issues that mimic mine. I also, unfortunately, am unable to offer any sort of system data because I can't access the internet or use the mouse on my laptop to even obtain such data.
I really need help. I can't even begin to speculate how this happened considering everything was working fine at 8 a.m. this morning.