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Thread: Drag-selection with mouse doesn't stop!

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    Post Drag-selection with mouse doesn't stop!

    This is really weird. This Dell Inspiron 9100 has a fresh load of Hardy-Har-Har Heron (as of last night, actually). I've got everything up-to-date, restricted drivers and all, and everything's working properly... except the built-in mouse.

    It's one of those dual deals - both the trackpad and the track- nub (not to be confused with the n00b running the machine =-P) Anytime I click and hold, it begins the normal function of creating a selection box. However, upon release, the box remains on the screen. I can create overlapping selection boxes, even. However, once the error begins, I cannot access all the proper functions (such as delete, etc.) from the right-click menu. Furthermore, the left-click no longer works, either (except to create more perma-selection boxes). I can't even left-click items such as scroll bars or menus. The only solution I've found thus far is to Ctrl-Alt-Backspace, and restart Xserver. Unfortunately, this forces me to close all applications, which is really annoying.

    Thus far, the problem only seems to happen with the built-in mouse. I am unable to reproduce it with a USB mouse. However, if I create the error with the built-in mouse, the USB mouse will perform the erroneous functions as well - save for creating more of the little selection boxes THAT JUST WON'T GO AWAY! *breath* *breath*

    Any help would be appreciated. ^_^

    -The Space Master, who's currently navigating the universe via keyboard...

    sudo apt-get install gsynaptics
    after the reboot, this didn't work.

    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
    got back this this was already up-to-date

    I looked around at this thread in Ubuntu Forums, as well as this alternative. Following the latter, I catastrophically broke my Xserver (Actually, this didn't dissappoint me, because I haven't broken it since the upgrade to Hardy - it was about time). After picking up the pieces, I've come back full-circle to my original problem: the trackpad buttons still behave like ill-tempered goats. Should I just take away its candy and tell it not to play with the other children, or may there yet be hope for it?
    Last edited by SpaceMaster; July 25th, 2008 at 09:16 PM. Reason: recounted failed attempts at correcting the issue

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