HELP! Cannot use mouse or keyboard any more

Kevin O'Gorman kogorman at
Sat Jun 6 16:51:49 UTC 2015

I will try that.  I doubt that the per-user stuff is at fault because no
user has yet logged in.

The settings I modify most have to do with having 3 monitors, and I'd
expect that to be system-wide.  But I'll try anything right now.

renaming (not deleting) ~/.nvidia-settings-rc        no joy
renaming ~/.config/... things                              no joy
these do not exist in /root

On Sat, Jun 6, 2015 at 9:09 AM, sktsee <sktseer at> wrote:

> On Fri, 05 Jun 2015 20:49:20 -0700, Kevin O'Gorman wrote:
> > I'm running Xubuntu, and have done for quite a while.  Right now it's at
> > 14.04.   I just hosed it somehow, and when I reboot I cannot log in
> > because the keyboard and mouse are being ignored.
> >
> > It's not the hardware, because the grub menu works with the keyboard,
> > and going to a recovery version of the kernel also works but it's
> > console mode,
> > not X.  But when I try a normal boot, the cursor stays in the middle of
> > the desktop and the keyboard cannot enter my password.  I have to do a
> > hard reset because 3-finger salute is also ignored.
> >
> > The last thing I did was to change my nVidia settings by deleting one of
> > my monitors.  That means X configuration, which also affects mouse and
> > keyboard.  But I cannot find an xorg.conf file anywhere.
> Actually, nvidia-settings usually doesn't touch /etc/X11/xorg.conf. It
> sets a per user X configuration in the users home directory, ~/.nvidia-
> settings-rc. Boot into console mode and delete or rename ~/.nvidia-
> settings-rc. And if you ever have run nvidia-settings as root (which you
> should not do), you should delete
> /root/.nvidia-settings-rc if it exists.
> >
> > Probably I just need to find out where the config settings are kept, and
> > I can reset them from a backup.  Does anybody know?
> These probably are the files you'd want examine.
> ~/.nvidia-settings-rc (also possibly in /root)
> ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-desktop.xml and xfce4-
> session.xml
> I would try deleting the nvidia.settings-rc file first, though.
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