Distribution Upgrade Halts Cursor in X

Robby Workman rw at rlworkman.net
Mon Dec 1 18:50:45 CET 2008

On Mon, 1 Dec 2008 07:59:49 -0800 (PST)
Rich Shepard <rshepard at appl-ecosys.com> wrote:

>    Just upgraded my notebook from Slackware-12.0 to -12.1 and
> Xfce-4.4.2. However, when I start X, the cursor sits in the middle of
> the screen and will not move.


As others have noted, this is distribution specific and should not be
asked here.  However, here are some thoughts.

I suspect you should read the CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT [1] documents,
particularly the part about changes to udev and module-init-tools.
Most likely, you didn't complete the upgrade by moving/merge .new
config files, and thus you have an /etc/modprobe/psmouse and
an /etc/modprobe/psmouse.new file as well.  The old one results in the
psmouse module being blacklisted, so it's not loaded, thus no mouse.
All of this is covered in the C&H document though, along with quite a
few other FAQ's and commonly encountered issues, so please have a look
at it.

[1] http://slackware.osuosl.org/slackware-12.1/CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT

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