Gnome Manager Window Problems (keyboard and mouse)

Yorvyk yorvik.ubunto at
Thu Jul 8 11:47:40 UTC 2010

On Wed, 07 Jul 2010 22:27:49 -0400
Tim Henderson <bizdev at> wrote:

> I have setup numerous gnome desktops however one of my latest is having 
> serious mouse and keyboard problems.
> Upon opening any window, namely Preferences and Properties Windows 
> (because that's all that is installed atm) I have one click.  After the 
> one click, I am unable to click anything else.  I have to ssh into the 
> machine and kill of the process then my clicking ability comes back.
> During the time when I can not click, the mouse moves around just fine. 
>   However, I have noticed the buttons and checkboxes that normally 
> highlight on a hover do not highlight.
> In an attempt to log the problems I opened a few of the gnome properties 
> type windows from the command line.  Doing so would not let me click the 
> window.  For some reason any mouse clicks seem to go right through the 
> window to the terminal behind it, even though the window was on top.
> Furthermore, I have had random keyboard loss as well when windows are 
> open.  Sometimes I can tab between fields, other times I can not.  I 
> have even noticed I could type any character except for an 's'.  After 
> killing the open window remotely, my keyboard and mouse functionality 
> comes back.
> I have checked time stamps on all the logs within /var/log and nothing 
> seems to update during my problems.  Is there another place I can check?
> Has anyone else experienced these problems, or noticed a forum post with 
> a potential fix of a similar problem?
> Please note I have 2 of these 10.04 desktops setup with identical 
> hardware, identical installations, and the one is functioning without a 
> problem.
Swap the two drives over and see which way the problem goes.

Steve Cook (Yorvyk) 

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