I've just installed Ubuntu desktop 16.04 (x64) on ASUS k501U. Sometimes (not always), my mouse pointer disappears after login. I tried some solutions like Ctrl+Alt+F1 and Ctrl+Alt+F7 but they did not fix the problem. After I restart, mouse usually appears again.

It's quite an annoying issue, is there a way to fix?


have the same problem after upgrading to 16.04. Often the mouse pointer will disappear. I found a way to get round this by restarting lightdm:

sudo service lightdm restart

but it's not a fix solution, since each time I have to type the command again.

So I changed lightdm to gdm:

sudo apt-get install gdm
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  • sudo service lightdm restart fixed my issue with Ubuntu on VBox on MacOS. Tnx buddy. – CppChase Jan 31 '18 at 8:26
  • Restarting your DE may not always be an option. The solution posted by @T04435 should be the accepted answer. – Juanpi Jun 15 '19 at 12:35

This fixed for me on Ubuntu 19.04:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.cursor active false
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  • Works for me on Ubuntu 16.04 when also set “org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.mouse active” to false: gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.cursor active false gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.mouse active false – NieFan Nov 11 '19 at 9:01
  • This worked for me, but I had to reboot first. – Phil_T Feb 19 at 19:03

On my laptop running Ubuntu 16.04, the mouse pointer disappeared frequently.

My problem was: The mouse pointer seemed to disappear when I moved to the right side of the screen. It then appeared after say 3 to 5 seconds after moving the mouse up, down, left, right. This was quite annoying when doing work on the computer.

The solution was:

Click Dash (upper left corner) and type "system settings". Click "System Settings", then All Settings > Displays If its as of my case, you will see a box call Unknown Display to the left of Built in Display in a big box with grey background

Click on unknown display and de-activate it by turning off the button just below the grey box.

I found the answer here (Thanks to Justin Samuel!).

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  • Works like a charm on a fresh install of 16.04 LTS on a MacBook Pro (A1286). – Duc Apr 17 '17 at 17:33

In my case none of the above works. The mouse disappears because of enabling coolbits on a .deb installed Nvidia graphics drivers.

The issue seems to work on a clean Lubuntu/ubuntu install installing the drivers from the .run file instead.

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  • Interestingly, this problem started happening to me as well right after enabling coolbits for NVIDIA GPUs. – merlinND Jun 23 at 8:10

In my case one of the above worked fine for a while (I will try to look up where I left the fix, it's been a while since I applied it), but nowadays things are a bit hectic and the cursor disappears say in 20% of the cases.

A sign out/re-login attempt sometimes helps in these cases. (Obviously not meant to be a fix/answer, just a suggestion for cases when in need of a quick temporary workaround.)

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My mouse was disappearing on the login screen on my laptop and after trying all the answers here (and elsewhere) I plugged in a USB mouse and the mouse showed up again and worked when using the USB mouse (but the trackpad still wouldn't work). To get the trackpad working again I had to restart WHILE the USB mouse was plugged in. Now I'm back to normal.

No idea why this worked... I'm on Ubuntu 16.04, and all of the terminal commands I ran showed the trackpad as expected.

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Mouse cursor disappear should be some bugs of the mouse support service in Ubuntu.
I installed mouse service "gpm" in my Ubuntu server 20.04 on VirtualBox. Mouse cursor disappears frequently in Ubuntu terminal when I switch between VirtualBox and windows 10.
Other than rebooting VM, my lightweight solution is to stop the mouse support service "gpm" and restart it again as below:

sudo gpm -k                                  //stop gpm
sudo gpm -m /dev/input/mice -t exps2         //restart gpm

There should be similar mouse support service for Ubuntu Desktop which can be stopped and restarted as a lightweight solution.

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I just pressed Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T and the pointer re-appeared. I'll have to try it again before I know if its just a coincidence as it re-appears by itself sometimes.

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