LM12 + Cinnamon = Hang --> no mouse -- Help Please

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johnb0647
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LM12 + Cinnamon = Hang --> no mouse -- Help Please

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I spent a long day installing Linux Mint 12 on one of my computers, an old Dell Dimension 8200, and bringing it up to date. I tried various setting and didn't quite find what I want in a desktop so I started installing Cinnamon 1.3.1 via the Software Manager. At 70% the process hung. I left it overnight but after 12 hours it was still hung at the same point so I killed the process and rebooted.

When I got to the login screen...... no mouse, no apparent keyboard access to shut down and a short press on the hardware reset did not trigger a shut down so I finally had to do a hard reboot. Optimistically I tried again. This time I tabbed to the choice of desktop option and was surprised to see Cinnamon there. I tried all four options but still no mouse. Shut down and booted windows to verify there is nothing wrong with the hardware.

I'm sure I can get into the LM installation with the live CD but I have no clue what to do.

I really hope I don't have to re-install. The guys who plan out the install sequence seem to think that everyone everywhere has gigabit internet so if they force download of a few hundred megabytes of language packs I won't ever need or cumulative updates involving more data than the original install disk....... who cares. Out here in a third world country where 250Kbps is considered "broadband" that's several hours at the best of times.

Pardon the rant....... I really could use a little help here.

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Re: LM12 + Cinnamon = Hang --> no mouse -- SOLVED

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Solved

A few more hours of Duck Duck Go and I found another forum that mentioned that the combination of LM12 + Cinnamon has broken PS/2 mice.

I plugged in a USB mouse and got mouse back but lots of random goofs which I attribute to the incomplete install of Cinnamon.

Uninstalled Cinnamon and got the PS/2 mouse back.

Reinstalled Cinnamon. Got a complete install this time. PS/2 mouse still works.

Makin' progress.

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