irritating problem...

Paul Howarth paul at
Wed Oct 20 13:57:59 UTC 2004

Birju Prajapati wrote:
> i'm pretty new here, and have a problem which is probably quite easy to 
> solve, but dont know how!
> about once a week, when i left click with the mouse while pressing 
> shift, the mouse completely hangs. I end up having to ctrl-alt-bsp and 
> restarting X to get it working again. it's a microsoft usb optical mouse 
> on a dell 4550. i'm running fedora core2 with the kernel upgraded to 
> 2.6.8-1. i haven't upgraded gnome or anything.
> i dont really want to restart X everytime it happens, but i wouldnt mind 
> restarting the mouse server (or whatever software it is that does the 
> i/o for the mouse). so here's my question: how do i just 'restart' the 
> mouse?? btw i do have full keyboard access and can navigate to a bash 
> console with it whenever it happens.

I used to have a problem like this with the USB optical mouse on my Dell box 
at work, but I've not seen it since I upgraded to the 2.6.8 kernel. The 
workaround I used to use was to unplug the mouse and plug it back in, which 
restored mouse functionality without having to restart X.

It looks a bit like Bug #124378


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