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After a varying period of idle, my Logitech TrackMan Wheel, Model T-BB18 wired USB, goes crazy, moving all over and even outside the desktop, wildly opening calendar, other apps and sprinkling many Untitled Folders on the desktop. Downloaded latest Linux driver for TrackMan to find file HIDPoint1-0.bin is the same as presently installed. Changed mouse to Microsoft optical wheel mouse and also to older model Logitech TrackMan Wheel, both with the same crazy mouse result. TrackMan Wheel is necessitated by small space on desk keyboard tray. XKILL does not shut down and the solution is manual computer power off.
Also, uninstalled Hibernate, reset input Method and Mouse (Acceleration and sensitivity of pointer size and speed).
Crazy mouse first happened in Linux Mint Cinnamon 16 64-bit on a dual boot to Windows. Then used KVM switch (PS/2 ports with USB to PS/2 adapter for USB mouse) connection between Windows and Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.0 32-bit on a Pentiom 4 with 2 MB RAM. Crazy Mouse happened again. Clean installed Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.2 on Linux Box; same crazy mouse after a day of configuration and copying files and programs.
Some time ago there were reports of mouse pointers going haywire when using PS/2 mice on KVM switches. A solution would be to set the psmouse module this way in /etc/modprobe.d/psmouse.conf:
options psmouse proto=imps
Back then I could solve this way a problem similar to the OPs. While the mouse used by the OP is USB, it is plugged in through a USB to PS/2 adapter, hence the above setting might still be relevant to the described issue.
It locked again 11/09 after spending many hours on a document in Write. Firefox was open in 2 tabs, Nemo was open, computer idle for a few minutes when mouse started opening calendar & sprinkling 7 Unnamed folders on desktop, PC locked up, neither keyboard (Ctrl-Alt-Backspace) nor mouse would work. I could not get Philip Lacroix's suggestion done to add "/etc/modprobe.d/psmouse.conf" and it would not let me add a .conf folder or the "options psmouse proto=imps". I don't know how to do it in Terminal. Powered computer off with button and lost document. After that, I found LibreOffice Write backup was incorrectly set. Such is Linux for me.
It locked again 11/09 after spending many hours on a document in Write. (...) Powered computer off with button and lost document. After that, I found LibreOffice Write backup was incorrectly set. Such is Linux for me.
You should never assume that a program has an auto-save feature enabled by default. Especially when you work on the same document for a long time. With such premises, in a similar situation you would have lost your document anyway, with any operating system. That having been said, I find the "Ctrl-S" command quite straightforward.
Regarding your trackball issue, what I suggested above involves adding a file named "psmouse.conf" to the directory named "/etc/modprobe.d/". In that file you should put the line "options psmouse proto=imps", nothing else. You need root permissions in order to do that. Perhaps it won't solve your problem, but in my opinion it's worth trying.
EDIT: By the way, did you try unplugging the trackball and plugging it in again?
Last edited by Philip Lacroix; 11-12-2015 at 02:48 PM.
After a varying period of idle, my Logitech TrackMan Wheel, Model T-BB18 wired USB, goes crazy, moving all over and even outside the desktop, wildly opening calendar, other apps and sprinkling many Untitled Folders on the desktop.
I had a very similar situation. I discovered that most of the troubles "went away" when I disabled other pointing devices -- especially the trackpad which is built into my keyboard.
I created some scripts that I used to select which pointing device I wanted to use and to systematically disable the others. Like I said, most of the troubles "went away."
I found another issue while using a trackball that I've had "... like, ugh, forever..."
I have my keyboard and trackball on a keyboard tray. Vibrations of that tray would cause minor rotation of the trackball resulting in pointer dislocation. I played with various movement settings like acceleration and managed to reduce this trouble to a minimum. (grin, blush) I also tightened some desk hardware so that thing did not vibrate much if any.
Thanks to Philip, Your suggestion worked since 11/13 for 6 days now. It took this newbie 3 tries to make the file in Terminal to fix erratic and wild TrackMan Wheel after idle. Since 11/13 I had one computer lockup with several things open, but no wild and crazy mouse pointer or lost file as before. I set auto backup at 3 minutes in Writer. Many thanks,
Hi Joe. You're welcome, I'm glad that you could solve the problem, and I hope your TrackMan Wheel will be stable from now on. BTW, I had the same issue a few days ago after a fresh OS install. After setting psmouse.conf the problem disappeared once again.
Last edited by Philip Lacroix; 11-19-2015 at 03:21 PM.