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My wireless USB mouse is not plugging and playing.

This is my first time using linux (Ubuntu 12.04) and I'm trying to get a development environment going to learn to use the shell, Python, and other things as I learn more.

I have done my best to solve the problem, but I cannot find a solution. I have run lsusb, and I can see the Novatek device goes away when I enter lsusb without the usb nub plugged in.

Is there anyway to use my mouse? On windows, it's plug and play. I don't know if that matters.

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I'd run lsusb with more debugging turned on to see what specifically the Linux system knows about the mouse.

$ lsusb -vv

Also take a look at the dmesg log to see if the mouse was detected correctly and if a driver and/or kernel module was assigned to it during start.

For example in my dmesg log for my mouse:

$ grep -i mouse /var/log/dmesg
[    1.668480] mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
[    2.637695] generic-usb 0003:046D:C521.0001: input,hidraw0: USB HID v1.11 Mouse [Logitech USB Receiver] on usb-0000:00:1d.0-1.1/input0

I can see it was detected and assigned to input0.

Another tool that has helped is hwinfo, specifically hwinfo --mouse. Fr example:

$ # hwinfo --mouse
38: USB 00.0: 10503 USB Mouse                                   
  [Created at usb.122]
  Unique ID: R8DB.etCFWb3M1lD
  Parent ID: FKGF.0j9+vWlqL56
  SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-1/2-1.1/2-1.1:1.0
  SysFS BusID: 2-1.1:1.0
  Hardware Class: mouse
  Model: "Logitech USB Receiver"
  Hotplug: USB
  Vendor: usb 0x046d "Logitech, Inc."
  Device: usb 0xc521 "USB Receiver"
  Revision: "57.01"
  Compatible to: int 0x0210 0x0028
  Driver: "usbhid"
  Driver Modules: "usbhid"
  Device File: /dev/input/mice (/dev/input/mouse1)
  Device Files: /dev/input/mice, /dev/input/mouse1, /dev/input/event5, /dev/char/13:69, /dev/input/by-id/usb-Logitech_USB_Receiver-event-mouse, /dev/input/by-path/pci-0000:00:1d.0-usb-0:1.1:1.0-event-mouse, /dev/char/13:33, /dev/input/by-id/usb-Logitech_USB_Receiver-mouse, /dev/input/by-path/pci-0000:00:1d.0-usb-0:1.1:1.0-mouse, /dev/char/13:63
  Device Number: char 13:63 (char 13:33)
  Speed: 1.5 Mbps
  Module Alias: "usb:v046DpC521d5701dc00dsc00dp00ic03isc01ip02"
  Driver Info #0:
    Buttons: 8
    Wheels: 2
    XFree86 Protocol: explorerps/2
    GPM Protocol: exps2
  Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
  Attached to: #37 (Hub)

The above shows which driver is being used for this device, usbhid.

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