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Old 11-11-2013, 06:45 PM   #1
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response to mouse left click is erratic in Ubuntu 13.04


Sometimes when I left click an action, I can see the button depress and nothing happens. I click it again exactly the same way, and this time the desired result occurs. Sometimes it takes a third click before it works, but not usually. This performance seems to be unique to 13.04 because I've never noticed it before. Does anyone else have this problem ?
 
Old 11-11-2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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The first thing I would do is test with a different mouse that's known to function properly. If the problem repeats, I would boot to a Live CD of something and test again with both mice.

I have seen mouse buttons get cranky or fouled and not work properly. When this happens, the left button is a more likely culprit because it gets used the most.
 
Old 11-12-2013, 01:16 AM   #3
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mouse click erratic

How can the button icon respond to the mouse click normally and then the action the button symbolizes not be performed ?
 
Old 11-12-2013, 01:45 AM   #4
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like Frankbell I suspect a 'hardware' problem with your mouse button


post 3 symptoms could be explained by a double click action, where there is a sticking issue introducing a delay, or the second click is simply not registered.

a known 'working' mouse, or the liveCD as described by Frankbell would help confirm this.
 
Old 11-12-2013, 09:10 PM   #5
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Not being a hardware tech, I have no idea how this might happen, but, when I have seen erratic mouse behavior from a mouse that has been working fine, it has turned that replacing the mouse was the cure.

The other thing is this: If it's the mouse, no amount of software troubleshooting in the world will fix it. At the least, ruling out a hardware issue is worth it for that reason. When hardware can be ruled out by an easy test, it's almost always worth doing.
 
Old 11-13-2013, 04:23 PM   #6
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You were both right. And I was all wet. Thanks for the help.
 
Old 11-14-2013, 08:40 PM   #7
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You are most welcome.

And I wouldn't say you were all wet. We've all been down that road; we get so used to fixing stuff in software--and hardware has become so reliable--that we forget physical stuff breaks too.

I used to do tech support for a company that manufactured circuit boards and the software to make them do things. I learned there (through many phone calls that were far longer than they should have been when I was newb) that, if you can easily do so, troubleshoot the hardware first.
 
  


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