Please help, I am having an issue with my mouse, and sometimes the keyboard.

  • The mouse can move, but after opening some windows, I cannot click on particular things.
  • Sometimes the keyboard will stop working also.
  • And sometimes the keyboard and mouse start working again after clicking random things.
  • Re-installed 16.04 a few times and the problem reoccurs, even just after installation.
  • The mouse is a basic dell mouse that works on Windows fine.
  • it seems you may have some problems with the mouse itself(does it turns off in a specific mouse movement?) or problems with usb port itself.
    – Reborn
    Apr 9 '17 at 9:55
  • It turns off after opening different windows in ubuntu, and all usb ports work fine on the mb. The PC is running windows 10 fine, and the mouse is a basic dell mouse. The mouse and the keyboard work fine. Apr 10 '17 at 11:47
  • i had same situation, but reversed(Linux - OK, Windows - Not) until i changed mouse.
    – Reborn
    Apr 10 '17 at 11:49
  • In my case switching to a different mouse solved a number of issues see here
    – djvg
    Jan 8 '19 at 15:48

This has probably got something to do with your drivers. Change your display drivers to Nvidia proprietary drivers. Hopefully, it will resolve the issue.

  • Why do you think, that graphical driver can be issue for mouse movement and clicking?
    – Reborn
    Apr 9 '17 at 10:00
  • I installed the nvidia proprietary driver, but unfortunately it made no difference. Apr 10 '17 at 11:48

I encounter the same issue recently on ubuntu 18, dell inspiron 7559. My solution is as following: show pointer devices with xinput

$ xinput

disable them in order and try click

$ xinput disable 1

when find the device causing issue, enable the devices disabled before

$ xinput enable 1

Remember the device info. When same issue happens next time, try disabling the device.

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