I loaded 11.4 several months ago and have a problem that occurs every several days. The mouse cursor simply disappears and will not come back. I can move the mouse and tabs will highlight where the now invisible cursor is moving and I can click on those locations and controls if I can hit them with the invisible cursor. I have tried the keystroke sequences that were recommended for earlier versions of OpenSuse, but they don’t bring the cursor back. The only solution is to alt-tab to a command window, su to root and do a “shutdown now”. Even then, that’s only partially successful. KDE is killed and the drive light flashes for a bit, but then everything hangs to the point that only a hard shutdown (i.e., pushing the power switch) will shut the computer down.
hp Compaq D530CMT
Processor (CPU): Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
Speed: 2,992.68 MHz
Total memory (RAM): 2.9 GiB
Free memory: 107.3 MiB (+ 1.7 GiB Caches)
Free swap: 2.0 GiB
Vendor: nVidia Corporation
Model: G98 [GeForce 8400 GS]
2D driver: nouveau
3D driver: nouveau Gallium (7.10.2)
There seems to be little correlation to computer activities that induce the cursor loss. It may be occurring somewhat more frequently when doing graphics-intensive things (Gwenview, SMplayer, etc.) but it also occurs if I’m just web browsing or doing other less graphics-intense tasks as well.
Any help on this would be appreciated. This is becoming quite frustrating.