Extra frozen / stuck mouse cursor after auto screen lock / sleep

Bug #1875528 reported by Joel Lisenby
This bug affects 8 people
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mutter (Ubuntu)

Bug Description


After my computer had gone to sleep and I log in I should see only a single active mouse cursor.

What happened instead:

After my computer had gone to sleep and I logged in I noticed a second frozen/stuck mouse cursor was on screen and was rendered in one place over any active application windows.


I recently upgraded to 20.04 from 19.10 but the same issue was occurring in 19.10 as well.

Logging out completely then logging back in again removed the extra frozen cursor.


lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
Release: 20.04

apt-cache policy mutter
  Installed: 3.36.1-3ubuntu3
  Candidate: 3.36.1-3ubuntu3
  Version table:
 *** 3.36.1-3ubuntu3 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 20.04
Package: mutter 3.36.1-3ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 5.4.0-26.30-generic 5.4.30
Uname: Linux 5.4.0-26-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.11-0ubuntu27
Architecture: amd64
CasperMD5CheckResult: skip
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Mon Apr 27 19:53:03 2020
InstallationDate: Installed on 2019-03-09 (415 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" - Release amd64 (20181017.3)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: mutter
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to focal on 2020-04-28 (0 days ago)

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Joel Lisenby (sven-svenagen) wrote :
affects: ubuntu → mutter (Ubuntu)
tags: added: cursor
Changed in mutter (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Piotr Gajdowski (p-a-gajdowski) wrote :

Experiencing same problem, in most cases displays that go into sleep modus (or you turn them off and on again) don't remove themselves from the display driver.
But some displays gets removed form the gpu(or xorg, i don't know) display driver and the re-added.
So basically this happens when you displays are re-arranging cause you added or removed a display (either manually or automatically by the display itself).

This problem is viewable in multi-monitor setup, where 1 monitor is programmed to detach himself from the gpu when going to sleep or off, and the other(s) are just turning the screen black, but stay connected to the gpu.

When you turn off you (problem) display, you actually see linux re-arranging windows/applications on the screen(s) that don't detach themselves from the gpu.
Seeing this happen, I came to this conclusion, that some display detach themselves from the gpu when going to sleep, and therefore linux thinks a display is being removed and re-arranges everything.

During this re-arrangement process a duplicate cursor is created and becomes frozen, a new cursor is created and becomes your primary cursor that behaves normally.

possible fix for this is linux resetting all cursors in xorg/gpu driver when completing such re-arrangement process.

I have zero understanding of xorg or gpu driver programming, but i do know that xorg is programmed to be able to have multiple cursors.
So my suspicion is with xorg programming.

I hope this gets fixed, It's really annoying, when you are working and have tons of apps open, you are required to log out and restart your workspace, which can be a hasle and time consuming.

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Joel Lisenby (sven-svenagen) wrote :

With the latest updates installed for Ubuntu 20.04 I am no longer seeing this double mouse cursor issue after two sleeps in a row. Will report back if the issue returns.

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samuelbailey (samuelbailey) wrote :

I'm having the same issue - dead cursor appears after machine has gone to sleep when I have multiple monitors connected. I'm on Ubuntu 20.04 and use Wayland, on an AMD GPU. I have updated everything with apt to the most recent version and the issue is still occurring for me.

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Syver Stensholt (7rst1) wrote :

I'm also having this issue, even with the latest Ubuntu 20.04. I tried taking a screenshot of it with Spectacle, but when it asked me to draw rectangular region both my screens blacked out and came back every second. This removed the extra cursor too, which is weird and might suggest the two issues being related. I've also had problems with fullscreening both YouTube and Netflix. Could it all be related to fractional scaling? (I'm a noob, pure speculation)

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Greg Williams (greg2lapa) wrote :

@Syver Stensholt,

I don't think it's possible to screenshot it. The screenshot does not capture the cursor even though it's there when the screenshot is taken.

When I notice the 2nd fixed mouse cursor icon, if I reboot the machine, it goes away. But then at some point the 2nd fixed mouse cursor will appear again.

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Joel Lisenby (sven-svenagen) wrote :

Issue did return for me. You can always take a picture of the screen with your phone if screenshot does not capture the cursor. I did take a picture of it happening in 19.10 as well (attached)

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Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Thanks. Though just a reminder: 19.10 has now passed end-of-life.


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Joel Lisenby (sven-svenagen) wrote :

Yes I'm on 20.04 now and the issue produces the exact same result seen in the photograph when it goes to sleep. This bug is the only reason I can't use ubuntu daily currently.

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area256 (andre-area256) wrote :

I'm also seeing this problem with 20.04.1 with all the latest patches. I have an AMD GPU (Vega 64), and dual monitors (5k2k and 4k, with display scaling 125%). Interestingly the extra cursor shows up larger than my normal cursor, and doesn't show up in screen shots like the normal cursor.

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Bob Bobbart (bobbobbart) wrote :

I am also having this issue on a brand new laptop (Ryzen 5 4500), however the dead mouse pointer is there from a fresh reboot. It is left over from the login screen and remains there once the system has logged in. If I logout, the 'dead' mouse becomes the only one on the login screen, yet loging back in causes it to freeze while a second pointer becomes active.

Very strange behaviour!

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Sean Sweeney (ssween828) wrote :

To address the two other commenters who mentioned fractional scaling - that's definitely the cause of the extra mouse cursor in my case. If I set the display scaling back to 100%, the extra cursor goes away and stays away between reboots and logout/login cycles. Upon setting it back to 125%, the second cursor initially remains gone, but returns when I reboot the machine or log out and then back in.

I'm also on 20.04, on a Thinkpad A485, Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U w/ Radeon Vega gfx.

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Joel Lisenby (sven-svenagen) wrote :

Just to confirm my monitor is set to 100% scaling and I still get the duplicate cursor after wake from sleep. 20.04.1 here with latest updates still has the issue.

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Syver Stensholt (7rst1) wrote :

Seems like everyone having a AMD GPU is the common denominator.

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Yannick (moravit) wrote :

I have the same problem. Using Wayland with an AMD R580, dual monitor and fractional scaling set to 200%.

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John in SF (jsoulsby) wrote :

This extra cursor frozen on screen issue exists in 20.10 Groovy Gorilla. (Just installed 20.10 on Lenovo T14 AMD and have a few issues to research.)

Actual behavior:
- Fractional scaling is on (actually needed to make laptop screen readable).
- Extra cursor frozen on screen.

- Fractional scaling on should not cause an extra dead cursor on screen.

- Turning off fractional scaling makes the dead cursor go away.

If this should be reported elsewhere, let me know.

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Afro (amilan-inlogic) wrote :

John in SF, I can confirm behavior. When I enable fractional scaling i have extra frozen pointer on desktop. When I disable it, extra pointer is gone.

tags: added: groovy
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arvind das (dass-arvind) wrote :

The guy here has posted a solution which worked for me.

Open the terminal and type these commands
sudo modprobe -r psmouse
sudo modprobe psmouse

this will free the mouse from frozen state. :)

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Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Yes that's a common workaround with touchpads. Although as I understand it, this bug is about there being too many cursors. The fact that one of them is frozen is not a problem in itself.

If you have an actual problem with a frozen cursor making the system unusable then please open a new bug.

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Syver Stensholt (7rst1) wrote :

I'm not having this issue anymore, and I didn't really pay attention to the issue in the meanwhile, but I think it disappeared when I switched from Ubuntu 20.10 to Pop OS 20.10.I don't know if that's useful at all, but looks like the issue is vanilla Ubuntu only.

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Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Oh, for some reason I thought this was bug 1873052. It should probably be marked as a duplicate of that one. That one indeed won't occur in PopOS because it's related to X11 fractional scaling, which is an Ubuntu-only feature.

tags: added: xrandr-scaling
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