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May. 16th, 2007 | 04:25 am
mood: busybusy

Nice to know: if your X desktop becomes unresponsive, it's probably because some app has locked up while it has 'grabbed' the mouse and keyboard inputs, and killing the guilty process will release it. So drop to a console and start picking off suspicious processes until you regain control.

http://docs.kde.org/stable/en/kdebase/faq/tips.html#id2564149

EDIT: and if that only frees up the keyboard, leaving the mouse stuck... relaunch the guilty app that you killed, and close it again. You get the mouse back!

EDIT: Here's another (new?) way of dealing with it. Keep in mind some apps may crash if you take away their toys :)
Section "ServerFlags"
  Option "AllowDeactivateGrabs" "true"
EndSection
If this works, X will allow the Ctrl-Alt-(keypad "/") combination to ungrab the mouse and keyboard.

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caliedoscope

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from: caliedoscope
date: May. 20th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Most computer problems are easily solved with application of a hammer or apathy.

Use care in deciding which to use first. Some solutions are more final than others. Your mileage may vary.

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Triple Entendre

or both

from: triple_entendre
date: Sep. 1st, 2007 09:17 am (UTC)
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I found an answer that's both: apathy eventually guided me to a hammer. :)

"Here's another (new?) way of dealing with it. Keep in mind some apps may crash if you take away their toys :)
Section "ServerFlags"
  Option "AllowDeactivateGrabs" "true"
EndSection
If this works, X will allow the Ctrl-Alt-(keypad "/") combination to ungrab the mouse and keyboard."

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