Originally Posted by tommcd
Simply run in the terminal: sudo modprobe usbhid and the module should be reloaded again.
You can reboot after running the above command if simply loading the module does not help.
1) thanks for that suggestion Tommcd. I did what you said - twice. However, no sign of any loading of a module was visible, just my usual prompt was returned and upon rebooting I still was stuck on low res with my specific monitor unrecognised. Any more suggestions?
2) A strange thing happened when I tried to boot from an Alternate CD (thinking I could run a repair process)... even though in the BIOS I set all three boot options on "load from CDROM" my Alternate CD was ignored and the system booted from hard drive. I was expecting it to do nothing if it couldn't boot from CDROM (actually it was a DVD in the CD/DVD drive, but that wouldn't matter would it?)
3) my mouses still don't work, but it's not that the USB ports don't work at all, since they all recognise my flash drive.