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tronayne 03-02-2013 11:00 AM

Xfce 4 Disappearing Cursor at Log In Every so Often
A couple weeks ago I upgraded a friend's 32-bit box from Slackware 13.0 to 14.0 and began experiencing a disappearing cursor problem with all non-root users -- that problem seemed to be associated with the graphics card in that box, an ATI RV370 Radeon X300SE, which got solved with an xorg.conf entry for a software cursor see (

Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Card0"
        Driver      "radeon"
        Option      "HWCursor" "false"
        Option      "SWCursor" "true"

Now, the same thing is cropping up on my main desktop system, a Dell Optiplex 780 (64-bit) -- which does not have any proprietary graphics or sound cards:

00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801JD/DO (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)

It does not happen all the time; I log out, log back in with the same userid and restart X (I use startx). I can "fix" it by removing the ~/.cache directory.

So, what's up with this nonsense?

cwizardone 03-02-2013 05:02 PM

I've had the same problem, but use a NVidia card. Not only will the cursor disappear, but so will the frames (boxes) around each window.
As you have found, the short cut to fixing it, temporarily, is to log out and delete the xfce related files in ~/.cache/sessions/ and then log back in.

Habitual 03-02-2013 05:54 PM

I use

rm -fr ~/.cache/sessions
It keeps the gremlins away from my system. ;)

tronayne 03-03-2013 08:09 AM

Yeah, the shortcut seems to work but it sure would be nice to know what the problem is too.

Oh, well.

flyingv2 03-03-2013 03:42 PM

Xfce faq -> "I have only one desktop and can't move my windows anymore!"

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