I'm running Ubuntu 18.04. Every other time I log in (after having closed the lip on my laptop, letting it sleep), I am unable to use most of the graphical interface. I say "most", because right clicks still register and bring up the menu, although clicking on any of the selections doesn't register. The keys do work (F12 does give me the Guake terminal which I can use, and F1 gives me "Help"), but, again, I am unable to click on anything and have to restart. After that, everything works fine (until it happens again).

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I cannot tell you why that's happening but I can suggest some things that can help you find out. You can open a console and look at log files by pressing Ctrl-Alt-F2 then logging in. Look at the system log with this command:

less /var/log/syslog

You can skip to the bottom of the file (to view the most recent entries) by pressing shift-g.

You can also look at the Xorg log which might contain useful information:

less /var/log/Xorg.0.log

And query the systemd journal:

sudo journalctl -xe

Instead of rebooting you can also restart the display manager which will end the current graphical session and enable you to log in again:

sudo systemctl restart gdm

This is assuming you're using Gnome. If you're suing KDE change gdm to sddm.

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