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Jittery/Jumpy mouse pointer

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Howdy Folks,

I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction or better yet has a solution. I am new to Linux, about a month in to my Linux experience and continue to have issues with mouse pointer. Outside from mouse pointer I am digging OS and would love to get past this issue. I have found multiple posts on this forum for “jittery mouse pointer” which is what I am experiencing and have tried recommendations but no luck yet. I have tried toggling the pointer sensitivity and acceleration made some improvements and I thought it was good enough to get my by, but then with some apps its jumping all over the place to the point it's not worth it.

I have all updates applied and continue to check driver manager. Below is some details of machine if anyone has any suggestions it would be appreciated.

CPU: Dual Core Intel Core i5-4300U (-MT MCP-)
speed/min/max: 2026/800/2900 MHz Kernel: 4.15.0-72-generic x86_64
Up: 11d 10h 20m Mem: 5174.0/7882.4 MiB (65.6%)
Storage: 119.24 GiB (19.4% used) Procs: 251 Shell: bash 4.4.20 inxi: 3.0.32
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⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)]
⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)]
⎜ ↳ ELAN Touchscreen id=11 [slave pointer (2)]
⎜ ↳ AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint TouchPad id=14 [slave pointer (2)]
⎜ ↳ AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint Stick id=15 [slave pointer (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard id=3 [master keyboard (2)]
↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard id=5 [slave keyboard (3)]
↳ Power Button id=6 [slave keyboard (3)]
↳ Video Bus id=7 [slave keyboard (3)]
↳ Power Button id=8 [slave keyboard (3)]
↳ Sleep Button id=9 [slave keyboard (3)]
↳ Laptop_Integrated_Webcam_HD: In id=10 [slave keyboard (3)]
↳ Dell WMI hotkeys id=12 [slave keyboard (3)]
↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard id=13 [slave keyboard (3)]

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Kernel: 4.15.0-72-generic x86_64 bits: 64
Desktop: Cinnamon 4.2.4 Distro: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: Dell product: Latitude E7440 v: 01
serial: <root required>
Mobo: Dell model: 0PC4X0 v: A00 serial: <root required> UEFI: Dell v: A08
date: 02/18/2014
Battery:
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 41.0 Wh condition: 41.8/48.2 Wh (87%)
CPU:
Dual Core: Intel Core i5-4300U type: MT MCP speed: 877 MHz
min/max: 800/2900 MHz
Graphics:
Device-1: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics driver: i915 v: kernel
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa
resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell Mobile v: 4.5 Mesa 19.0.8
Network:
Device-1: Intel Ethernet I218-LM driver: e1000e
Device-2: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 119.24 GiB used: 23.09 GiB (19.4%)
Info:
Processes: 250 Uptime: 11d 10h 22m Memory: 7.70 GiB used: 5.09 GiB (66.1%)
Shell: bash inxi: 3.0.32
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Re: Jittery/Jumpy mouse pointer

Post by trytip »

this is what developers say from upcoming mint 19.3 release notes. should be the same as what you have:
Known issues
Touchpad drivers
The default touchpad driver in this edition is "libinput" (provided by the xserver-xorg-input-libinput package).

If you experience problems with it, you can switch to another driver called "synaptics" (provided by the xserver-xorg-input-synaptics package).

To know which driver is used by your input devices, run the following command:

grep -i "Using input driver" /var/log/Xorg.0.log
When both drivers are installed, "synaptics" takes priority.

To switch to the "synaptics" driver, install it with the command:

apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
Then log out and log back in.

To go back to using "libinput", simply remove the "synaptics" driver:

apt remove xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
Then log out and log back in.

Note: You can also try installing the "evdev" driver (provided by the xserver-xorg-input-evdev).
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Re: Jittery/Jumpy mouse pointer

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Trytip,

Thank you for passing this along... I am using the "libinput" driver (see output below) so I am going to install the synaptics driver see if that does the trick. Once I have installed and tested I will post reply and let folks know if that did the trick. Thanks
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~$ grep -i "Using input driver" /var/log/Xorg.0.log[ 5.888] (II) Using input driver 'libinput' for 'Power Button'
[ 5.910] (II) Using input driver 'libinput' for 'Video Bus'
[ 5.925] (II) Using input driver 'libinput' for 'Power Button'
[ 5.942] (II) Using input driver 'libinput' for 'Sleep Button'
[ 5.970] (II) Using input driver 'libinput' for 'Laptop_Integrated_Webcam_HD: In'
[ 6.019] (II) Using input driver 'libinput' for 'ELAN Touchscreen'
[ 6.050] (II) Using input driver 'libinput' for 'Dell WMI hotkeys'
[ 6.065] (II) Using input driver 'libinput' for 'AT Translated Set 2 keyboard'
[ 6.102] (II) Using input driver 'libinput' for 'AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint TouchPad'
[ 6.135] (II) Using input driver 'libinput' for 'AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint Stick'
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Re: Jittery/Jumpy mouse pointer

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trytip,

Thanks again for passing info along. I installed the synaptics driver last night and so far so good, my mouse pointer is much more stable. No more jittery, bouncing all over the place behavior. Anyhow, just wanted to follow up and let folks know it worked in case anyone else is in the same predicament.

Thanks,
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Re: Jittery/Jumpy mouse pointer

Post by alexwilliams93 »

Worked for me in 20.0 Beta as well. Thanks
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