mouse problems on Lumina

Antonio Olivares olivares14031 at
Tue Aug 30 21:42:05 UTC 2016

On Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 4:35 PM, Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:
> On Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:21:44 -0500, Antonio Olivares wrote:
>> Dear FreeBSD users,
>> I have successfully installed FreeBSD 11.0RC2, I have installed Lumina
>> as my desktop, it is small and does not use much memory.  I like it
>> and have run it successfully on another machine running DragonFly.  I
>> have dbus_enabled="YES" in /etc/rc.conf and added hald_enable="YES" as
>> well, [...]
> Is HAL still needed? I thought it was abolished in Linux some
> years ago and is not neccessary in FreeBSD anymore. Have you
> tried temporarily disabling HAL and checking if it was the
> cause of your problem? That would be my first suggestion for
> further diagnostics.

I did not have it in /etc/rc.conf, but in some sites, they recommend
it along with dbus_enable="YES".  I added it to see if it made a
difference, but I will remove it again.

>> [...] but I lose mouse functionality when I switch from firefox to a
>> terminal and then try to switch back to firefox, the mouse pointer
>> gets lost and looks like a capital i .
> That cursor shape is a typical text field (input area) cursor.
> Otherwise, you could try using X terminals instead of switching
> to the text mode virtual terminals. (If I read your question
> correctly, you're refering to switching "out of" and "back to" X;
> if this problem concerns switching between xterms and Firefox...
> well, that would really be strange.)
I am logged in to X with lumina desktop and using xterm, xterminal.  I
want to switch back to firefox and lose that ability.  The mouse
pointer becomes like a capital i, If I log out of terminal(xterm) I
get the mouse back if there are no more xterminals open.  Otherwise I
have to close them out.

>> I have to use alt keys
>> sometimes to quit applications.
> Which key combination is this? Do you say that it isn't working
> even though it should?
ALT+F4 to quit for instance firefox if I cannot do it with the mouse.
I can click, but no response.

>> Mouse is a usb mouse device usm0 from
>> Microsoft, and I also have moused_enabled="YES" in /etc/rc.conf.
> The moused entry isn't needed for USB mice, you can remove it.
I will do this and see what happens.
> --
> Polytropon
> Magdeburg, Germany
> Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
> Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

Thank you for your input.  You have always provided help when someone
has asked for help.

Best Regards,


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