I have Ubuntu 14.04 and when I click in the spotify window, I lose the ability to click the mouse anywhere else. If I have a terminal already open I can run compiz --replace and get the mouse back. If I click in spotify again the same thing happens.

Any idea what is causing this or how to fix it?

  • Did you find an answer to this? Problem exists still today. Ubuntu 14.04, Spotify 9.17.1
    – Eugene K
    Jan 8, 2016 at 19:46
  • No, it still happens occasionally, but not all the time. Its pretty frustrating Jan 8, 2016 at 20:45
  • It happens when I do a quick alt-tab or move to another virtual desktop from Spotify for me. I end up having to restart compiz, which is essentially restarting my PC. I'm going to try to see if I can determine the problem better.
    – Eugene K
    Jan 8, 2016 at 21:40

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Spotify (here):

Can you start spotify from a terminal window and see if it outputs any error messages when this occurs? (Ctrl+Alt+T) to open terminal and then type spotify &

To close spottily: select it and press Alt+F4 or in a terminal type killall spotify.

Mouse restart (from here and here):

If you are stuck with no mouse movement on your laptop (touchpad) then press the key combinations Alt+F2 and type in

gksudo modprobe -r psmouse

Type in the password, press enter, and then press Alt+F2 again for entering the following

gksudo modprobe psmouse

Thats it. Your mouse pointer will start working again.

If you like to do it through the terminal, then type in gnome-terminal after pressing Alt+F2 When the terminal open up type the following

sudo modprobe -r psmouse
sudo modprobe psmouse

If your usb mouse is getting stuck, then use the following command after pressing Alt+F2

gksudo /etc/init.d/hotplug restart

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