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Connecting an external mouse might help you out for now (don't know if it's an option)
Learn to navigate using the keyboard (<tab>, arrows, spacebar and <enter> keys)
Press <ctrl><alt><Fn> (e.g. control alt F2) and login; issue the command sudo shutdown -h now to shutdown the machine (I assume that you're familiar with sudo; if not, it will prompt you for your password; while you type the password, you will not see anything happening on the screen)
If I understand you correctly, you upgraded from 9.04 to 9.10. Without doing research to make sure everything will work, it's the most stupid thing to do. Ubuntu does not have the best reputation at this moment with regards to upgrades. The easiest way to solve things if you're in a hurry is to re-install 9.04 (I hate to say this).
We understand that you're in a hurry, but kicking a thread with in 24 hours is considered rude.
everywhere I went I saw sites saying that linux was a huge community and that any questions could be answered in a matter of seconds in forums.
Can you please forward me to such forums?
I haven't seen any forum much bigger than this one, but this is just as big as any windows forum...
well there weren't any questions, these were more suggestions, as you mentioned. I read it, and i know i can use the arrows when the mouse doesn't work.
It doesn't fix my problem.
I need someone to tell me what to do to fix my problem, please.
What exactly IS your problem? Wim Sturkenboom gave you suggestions how to 'bypass' the unability to navigate with the touchpad. He also said that upgrading without preparation is just plain stupid. Wim also adviced you to reinstall version 9.04 of Ubuntu since 9.10 doesn't seem to be all that stable (known for new Ubuntu releases).
Which of his suggestions/advices have you followed/applied? And what are the results? If none are applied then what do you expect from us?
BTW: this forum is in my personal opinion one of the best I have ever encountered. But the only thing better (read faster) is paid support. If you don't have the patience nor the education to keep it polite, I suggest you get paid support. All the forum users here are volunteers as far as I know and respond to problems and questions when they see fit, not at your convenience. So please exercise some patience and courtesy.
the arrows and enter and tab and spacebar unfortunately didn't help me to stop the machine, so i did unplug the plug .
now the password was accepted, and i'm in the ubuntu desktop, but the mouse still doesn't work.
edit: this was an answer to evo2 only