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My mouse Cursor dissapears when using Gnome3.

asked 2013-08-30 23:36:48 -0500

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updated 2013-08-31 02:00:30 -0500

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My mouse Cursor disappears when using Gnome3. I have a touchscreen laptop and also have a mouse connected to it. I can still use the mouse and move it around. I know this because i can see icons flicker as if a mouse was over it. I change Desktops to KDE and don't have a problem with this so its Gnome specific. Any Ideas or suggestions on fixing my Houdini Mouse Cursor?

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Sometimes, when I restart my laptop, I don,t see my mouse. I just reboot it and it seems to work. I would file a bug report but I have no idea what caused it.

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2013-08-31 00:56:52 -0500 )edit

I also used to have this problem about a month ago for a couple of days, on a clean (only Fedora repos) and up to date Fedora 19, Gnome 3, intel integrated graphics, in 2 cases: after reboot and after screen lock (with gnome-screensaver - Gnome 3 on Fedora 19 is missing manual ctrl+alt+l screen lock feature) I remember switching to the console (ctrl+alt+f2) and back to the graphical mode (ctrl+alt+f1) was enough to restore the cursor for me, as the first bug says. Is your Fedora up to date?

marcindulak gravatar imagemarcindulak ( 2013-08-31 12:41:20 -0500 )edit

I just updated it and am running the newest Kernel at the moment and i am still having this issue. I think for the moment I will be using a different Desktop Environment. I will look for existing bug. I have noticed that when I have a hunch that openshot video editor might have something to do with it. I am still experimenting with what sets it off so that I can get a better understanding of it.

Sg.Bee gravatar imageSg.Bee ( 2013-09-01 03:23:29 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-07-03 10:49:06 -0500

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I had the same problem in Fedora 20. None of the responses here (or that I could find elsewhere) helped. This seems to have fixed it, though:

Open a terminal window and type:

dconf write /org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/cursor/active false

I don't know why setting this "false" gives me the mouse and true takes it away, but maybe I just don't understand what "cursor active" means. Anyway, I'm just glad to have the pointer back!

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answered 2013-09-25 00:15:14 -0500

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updated 2013-09-25 00:22:34 -0500

I've hit exactly the same problem! After i've unlocked screen, I see no cursor. but desktop is responsible to mouse button clicks and mouse-over events. If fixed after restart and does not appear again, by current. But - i'm sure it's a kind of sporadic bug. My system is fully up-to-date. Added a comment in bugtracker.

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answered 2014-01-16 13:59:09 -0500

I had the same problem with my vaio pro. Here are what I've done that fix the problem.

1) install dconf-editor

2) open terminal and type

dconf write /org/gnome/settings-daemon/peripherals/touchpad/touchpad-enabled false

then type

dconf write /org/gnome/settings-daemon/peripherals/touchpad/touchpad-enabled true

Your mouse should be working again.

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answered 2014-01-05 17:10:50 -0500

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updated 2014-01-05 17:17:59 -0500

Had the same symptom after upgrading to Fedora 20, I suspect gnome-settings-daemon tries to be smart and hides the cursor on tablets (I have a lenovo laptop with a touchscreen and and trackpad). Disabling the "cursor" plugin of gnome-settings-daemon fixed things for me: install and launch dconf-editor, go to org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/cursor and uncheck the "active" checkbox.

edit : see gnome bug 698310 which might also be relevant for the touchscreen cases

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