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Old 05-05-2014, 11:45 AM   #1
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LinuxMint 13 xfce

I did something stupid. The Menu > Settings > Mouse & Trackball shows 3 different mice. I turned all of them off.

This, of course, leaves me with no mouse and no obvious way to activate a mouse.

I think there must be some way to run the Menu from the keyboard and then select the appropriate links from there.

If not, maybe the mouse setup can be run by a desktop command?

Can anybody help me to get a mouse back?

joey
 
Old 05-05-2014, 04:17 PM   #2
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I think there must be some way to run the Menu from the keyboard and then select the appropriate links from there.
use the tab, space, return and cursor (= arrow, up/down/left/right) keys to navigate & select.
might take a few attempts, but definitely possible.
 
Old 05-05-2014, 09:08 PM   #3
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You might also be able to use the control keys (ALT, Tab, arrow keys, and so) to get back in system settings and turn the mice back on.
 
Old 05-05-2014, 10:26 PM   #4
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Hya

When I tried something in similar situation. I was kicked out from X session (xfce4) and was not able to get back...

Once you can everything streight out, could you please post correct sequence.

Another way to solve your situation may be editing config file. You can use console or ssh login. Make sure that no cats around you..

Have a nice Penguin!
 
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use the tab, space, return and cursor (= arrow, up/down/left/right) keys to navigate & select.
might take a few attempts, but definitely possible.
I thought so, but I tried and got nowhere. Can you be more specif9ic?
 
Old 05-06-2014, 10:02 AM   #6
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Hya

When I tried something in similar situation. I was kicked out from X session (xfce4) and was not able to get back...

Once you can everything streight out, could you please post correct sequence.

Another way to solve your situation may be editing config file. You can use console or ssh login. Make sure that no cats around you..

Have a nice Penguin!
Can you tell me where and which file contains the config?
 
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I thought so, but I tried and got nowhere. Can you be more specif9ic?
yes, but only if you are more specific, too!

but wth, i'll give it my best anyway.

you're lucky i have xubuntu installed on a vm!

hopefully you get all the way to the desktop after logging in.

now,

pressing ctrl+escape should open the menu.
from there it's really easy: typing "settings", press return, should bring you to the settings manager.
typing "mouse" and pressing enter twice should open mouse settings.
the "devices" tab should be active, and in it the mouse already selected as pointing device. now you just type alt+e to enable it.
if that doesn't help, pressing "alt" should show you all possible keyboard shortcuts by underlining one letter. so, with alt+v, and then arrow keys and enter, you can select a different device.

hope that helps.
 
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Thx for this. (not sure what you had in mind for 'more specific' - thought I was!

This seems to be the right direction. Once the menu is activated from the keyboard the solution using the keyboard arrows, tab and spacebar becomes trivial.

I also found Alt + F1 , as an alternative.

However, my experimentation with the keyboard has had a negative effect. somehow I have achieved a black desktop. :-( that is black/black. I will start a new thread 'black desktop' with more details.


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yes, but only if you are more specific, too!

but wth, i'll give it my best anyway.

you're lucky i have xubuntu installed on a vm!

hopefully you get all the way to the desktop after logging in.

now,

pressing ctrl+escape should open the menu.
from there it's really easy: typing "settings", press return, should bring you to the settings manager.
typing "mouse" and pressing enter twice should open mouse settings.
the "devices" tab should be active, and in it the mouse already selected as pointing device. now you just type alt+e to enable it.
if that doesn't help, pressing "alt" should show you all possible keyboard shortcuts by underlining one letter. so, with alt+v, and then arrow keys and enter, you can select a different device.

hope that helps.
 
Old 05-07-2014, 03:20 PM   #9
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why is this marked solved?
if you found a solution, please share it. others might benefit.
 
Old 05-08-2014, 11:27 PM   #10
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why is this marked solved?
if you found a solution, please share it. others might benefit.
I thought I had.

get into the menu by one of the 2 routes indicated, then select the mouse settings from the menu, using the indicated keys (csr down mainly), spacebar to toggle the x selects of 'enable' in the mouse settings.

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