I just installed Ubuntu 16.10 on my desktop and have a USB deathadder. The problem is I can't see where the cursor actually is because it appears only in the top left of my screen. The mouse still moves but the cursor graphic doesn't follow

  • I am suffering from this same issue. If it is any help, this happened right after I installed a new GTX 1070 GPU. This issue happens in the installer or when ubuntu is booted from live-USB for 16.10. Nov 14 '16 at 22:54
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    @ThomasAntony yeah I have a GTX 1070 and I can't get ANY distro of ubuntu to properly work with it. It is super frustrating!
    – Dibesjr
    Nov 14 '16 at 23:15
  • I could get it to move if I added nomodeset in the boot options. Of course, this makes the graphics reset to low-res. But I could at least get through the installer. I guess this means there is some specific driver that is causing this issue? I will let you know if this persists after the installation is done. This could be specific to 16.10. I installed Linux Mint which I assume is based on the LTS version and the mouse worked fine. Nov 16 '16 at 3:09
  • Just found this: askubuntu.com/questions/838692/… Could fix our issues. Nov 16 '16 at 3:15

I was able to fix this by installing the nvidia-370 drivers. Try the following steps:

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 at the login screen. This will drop you down into a console where you can login to your user account.

  2. Run sudo service lightdm stop

  3. Use the following commands to download and install nvidia-370. Make sure you are connected to the internet: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install nvidia-370 nvidia-settings
  4. Disable the nouveau driver. This step may be unnecessary but I did it anyway. Edit the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and add blacklist nouveau at the bottom. Save and Exit.

  5. Run the command sudo update-initramfs -u

  6. Restart with sudo reboot
  • I will try this and let you know if this works for me! Would be fantastic :D
    – Dibesjr
    Dec 1 '16 at 16:52

try rebooting. That happened to me too. I went trough this problem on xubuntu. I tried rebooting and the curser reappeared. Thats all I know. I hope this helps!

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    I've tried rebooting a lot. The cursor is there, just the graphic is stuck in the top left corner. I can still use the mouse as if it works I just can't see where it is!
    – Dibesjr
    Oct 17 '16 at 3:44

Seems like sometimes the cursor will freeze especially on touch-enabled devices.

  1. Pressing CtrlF1 (use Fn if needed in your keyboard to activate the function keys).
  2. Type letter r on the dialogue box and press Enter.

This will restart the Graphical User Interface (GUI) service and your cursor will be back to normal.

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