Not sure what’s going on. I’ve had this happen with 2 different mice on 2 completely different systems. USB keyboard works fine, and I have to resort to keyboard use to reboot the system, at which point the mouse works fine again for a little while, and then again randomly freezes. Still lit up, but won’t do anything. Won’t click, won’t move, won’t scroll. Plugging it into a different USB port doesn’t make any difference.
It seems to do it if the system has been sitting idle for a few minutes. It will work for a moment after resuming use, and then freeze. Not even after necessarily locking the screen or having the system actually sleep, just if I leave it for a few moments and then come back. A few minutes ago, I booted it up, and it sat on the login screen for several minutes before I got back to it. I logged in, and clicked on firefox, and the mouse froze. I rebooted. I logged in, and opened firefox and surfed fine for a few minutes. Left to get a drink. Came back, moved the mouse, it froze.
As mentioned, when it does this, the keyboard still works. However, shutting down via the shut down command freezes after the system appears to have started shutting down (ie: gui exited, stuff unloaded, goes to blank screen, then hangs without powering down - while still showing a lot of hard drive activity)
This has happened both on a desktop with a usb mouse plugged in, and a laptop with either a usb mouse or the alps touchpad (which according to device manager in windows uses a usb interface)
I’ve even tried two different models of logitech optical scroll mouse, and same issue with either, and again with the touchpad as well.
This is in openSuse 11.3. Did it during install and after install. default install from dvd. all recommended patches applied. added window managers Gnome and LXDE to the available options.
Also, once this happens, the system does not log out properly. I can select log off or restart or shut down from the menu using the keyboard, and it starts to, but then hangs and doesn’t complete the shut down. I have to manually power-down and restart. This is with KDE as the window manager, or Gnome. I had Gnome on the laptop, and KDE on the desktop. I’m going to try one of the lightweight ones to see if that makes a difference.
Any ideas? Does it matter that I installed the 32bit version before I realized the processor shows in the bios as a 64bit? Should I reinstall with the 64bit version?
Does the power-saving method matter to Suse? I have it as S1 for faster resume.
Broadcom nic, Nvidea geforce graphics, amd sempron 3400+, 1gb ddr2 533mhz sdram, Sony SATA cdrw/dvdrom drive, wd SATA 80gb hard disk. Using grub bootloader from the 70gb extended partition. (dell diagnostics partitions are on the primary partition)
This is SOOOO weird, as everything was autodetected and set up perfectly, it seemed. Everything worked, sound, nic, usb ports, etc. I’m sooo confused. I know it’s not the mice, as they are known good mice from working systems.
I don’t have the specific models of the above hardware, they’re at home, so I’ll update when I get home with more info, but in the meantime, any suggestions are greatly appreciated!