Laptop left click not working in Jaunty

Bug #371563 reported by Andy Extance on 2009-05-04
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Bug Description

Shortly after upgrading to Jaunty (9.04) the left click on my laptop stopped working. It worked for a few days, then failed, interestingly enough. When Jaunty starts, it opens a drag-window, as if left is being held down. Could that be the issue?

The left click works OK on an Intrepid live CD, so I've reinstalled Intrepid (8.10) on a new partition. It starts with a similar drag-window, but cancelling that allows the mouse to work properly.

It's clear I'm not alone in the odd mouse isses here. The following look to me like they might all be related to this problem.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1135337
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1090383
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1144856
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1111242
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=991153
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=7201163
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1123746

In my various researches I've found some references to Compiz causing these kind of problems, but as far as I know I do not use Compiz....

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.04
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/yelp
Package: yelp 2.25.1-0ubuntu5
ProcEnviron:
 PATH=(custom, no user)
 LANG=en_GB.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: yelp
Uname: Linux 2.6.28-11-generic i686

***********UPDATE******************

It turns out it was my touchpad dying, I think. I am using Jaunty successfully for everything now having turned it off.

I got a clue when, having gone back to Intrepid, after about 10 days of correct mouse usage I started getting random left clicks all over the place. I guessed it was probably the touchpad, and sure enough when I turned it off my trackpoint and buttons worked just fine.

Switching across to Jaunty and turning off the touchpad solved my problem there, and I'm even confident enough to be using it as the sole OS.

It's still odd that there was a difference between the two versions of Ubuntu, however. I also think I had an inkling that this was going on before, as when I turned on the computer in either OS it often initially brought up drag-boxes. That and the fact that I could make other left click options work temporarily did make me wonder if the trackpad was acting as if it was holding down left click all the time. I thought I'd investigated it, but if I did it clearly wasn't very thoroughly.

Either way, you can probably close this, if anyone is even interested.

Andy Extance (aextance) wrote :
Andy Extance (aextance) on 2009-05-19
description: updated
kallek (hturesson) wrote :

I'm experiencing a similar problem on my laptop. Its a lenovo thinkpad t61. Left click randomly (random boot-ups) stops working. This affects both on touch-pad and "mouse" button.

However, a few times I have booted from a live xbuntu cd (9.04), and those times it has worked fine (although, since the problem is stochastic, this could be by chance).

The problems started some weeks ago under jaunty. But yesterday, I did a clean install with karmic and the problem still remains. Since the problem has gradually became more frequent it appears that it may be the touch-pad wearing out, but the computer is only 1 1/2 years old, and restarting Xorg generally fixes the problem (if not, another killall Xorg will do it). And once a session is running ok, it will stay ok until Xorg is started the next time.

How to proceed? Which information should I gather?

Thanks

kallek (hturesson) wrote :

I filed it as a bug (#458959)

kallek (hturesson) wrote :

How did you turn off the touchpad?

I think that there are at least two ways to do it. I went into "mouse"
in "system"=>"preferences", and on the "touchpad" tab there is a
checkbox labelled "enable touchpad", which I unchecked. I know it's
difficult to use the menus without left-click, but you can do it with a
combination of tab, alt and space.

I think you can also go into the bios on startup. I don't know if you
can still do it on the T61, but if you press F1 quickly after startup on
the T30, you can disable the touchpad there.

Good luck!

On Sat, 2009-10-24 at 21:25 +0000, kallek wrote:
> How did you turn off the touchpad?
>

kallek (hturesson) wrote :

Thanks. Disabling the touchpad in the BIOS has solved my problem. In Karmic, it is no longer possible to disable the touchpad in system>prefrences>mouse>touchpad.
It seems a bit weird that the touchpad should be worn out already. The computer is only 1 1/2 years old. Is mouse failure to be expected? I thought thinkpads were of high quality. I got a 5 year old vaio where the mouse still works perfectly.

Andy Extance (aextance) wrote :

Does it work in Windows, or even another Linux flavour? At the end of
the day, electronics break. I think I may have read about this being a
known problem, but even if it's a 1 in 10,000 thing, then it looks like
we are those guys.

On Mon, 2009-10-26 at 10:31 +0000, kallek wrote:
> Thanks. Disabling the touchpad in the BIOS has solved my problem. In Karmic, it is no longer possible to disable the touchpad in system>prefrences>mouse>touchpad.
> It seems a bit weird that the touchpad should be worn out already. The computer is only 1 1/2 years old. Is mouse failure to be expected? I thought thinkpads were of high quality. I got a 5 year old vaio where the mouse still works perfectly.
>

kallek (hturesson) wrote :

I do not have anything besides Karmic installed. However, I just tried xubuntu 8.04 from a live cd and left click worked fine. So it appears to be, at least partially, software dependent (at least to my naive eyes).

Taylor Braun-Jones (nocnokneo) wrote :

I'm having the same problem on a Dell XPS m1330. The problem seemed to start after a batch of seemingly benign Security/Recommended updates. Running 9.10

Monkey (monkey-libre) on 2010-03-22
tags: added: jaunty
Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better.
Is this bug reproducible with the latest Lucid packages ?
Thanks in advance.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Incomplete
Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

 Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This bug did not have a package associated with it, which is important for ensuring that it gets looked at by the proper developers. You can learn more about finding the right package at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/FindRightPackage .

When reporting bugs in the future please use apport by using 'ubuntu-bug' and the name of the package affected. You can learn more about this functionality at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs.

Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

We'd like to figure out what's causing this bug for you, but we haven't heard back from you in a while. Could you please provide the requested information? Thanks!

Andy Extance (aextance) wrote :

Upgraded to Lucid and did not experience this problem. Difficult to say what the package was - probably typical mouse driver?

Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

Hello Andy Extance
Thanks for the reply
This bug report is being closed due to your last comment regarding this being fixed with an update. For future reference you can manage the status of your own bugs by clicking on the current status in the yellow line and then choosing a new status in the revealed drop down box. You can learn more about bug statuses at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/Status. Thank you again for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Please submit any future bugs you may find.
Fabio

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
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