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I have a new Lenovo G560e, and have just installed Ubuntu 10.04. But the laptop's trackpad does not work! suggests some commands to run before reporting a hardware issue -- but my immediate problem is that I can't work out how to access the terminal from GNOME without a mouse!

Any help / suggestions would be gratefully received.

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For the record, my problem seems to have been related to this -- -- and the suggested solution, reloading the psmouse module worked for me. – grifaton Jul 11 '11 at 20:00
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I use the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut to start the Terminal very quickly.

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it works with 10.04? – enzotib Jul 10 '11 at 16:12
Does this work with 10.04 ? – Binarylife Jul 10 '11 at 16:12
Perfect, thanks! – grifaton Jul 10 '11 at 16:13
This works in 11.04 for sure, and I think it should work with 10.04 LTS, though it's been a while so I'm not completely sure on that. If it doesn't work, you may have to open your Keyboard Shortcuts, find the entry for starting a terminal, and manually entering it (or some other key combination you might prefer). – Christopher Kyle Horton Jul 10 '11 at 16:22
Works with 12.04 running within Parallels (Control + Option + T). – wberry Apr 12 '13 at 18:56

The shortcut Alt-F2 allow to enter a command: write gnome-terminal. Alternatively Alt-F1 bring you to the main menu.

Also, to switch between application you can use Alt-TAB.

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Who needs a mouse anyway? – grifaton Jul 10 '11 at 16:13
yeah!, down with the GUI, CLI ftw!11!1 – Uri Herrera Jul 10 '11 at 16:35

Despite the shortcuts how to access the terminal ;if you want you can control the mouse using the keypad.

Try to go to System->Preferences->Keyboard, under Mouse keys :

Check Pointer can be controlled using the keypad.

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This looks potentially useful -- but any idea how I can do this without a mouse? – grifaton Jul 10 '11 at 16:24
Use Alt + F2 to access the keyboard Preferences. Or use Alt+F1 to access the main menu then navigate to system. – Binarylife Jul 10 '11 at 16:27
Alt-F1, System->Preferences->Keyboard, then using arrows, tabs, and enter you can obtain all you want – enzotib Jul 10 '11 at 16:28

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