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Mouse pointer starts to shake, makes gnome-shell crash

asked 2018-02-27 15:01:41 -0600

dokterw gravatar image

updated 2018-03-09 14:59:51 -0600


My setup: Fedora 27 HP Probook 350 G3 I7, Intel Wifi, BT & Video.

It started after an updated I did after 23rd Feb.

After some usage, sometimes less than 15 min the mouse pointer (using the onboard trackpad) starts to shake or wobble. Then suddenly, gnome-shell crashes and logs me out.

I've tried to locate the issue and make sense of the crash report, but I haven't understood the cause or found a solution.

It does the same when I use Xfce, but so far no crash-logout.

Any suggestions or what more info do you need? Let me know and I'll provide it.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I decided to reinstall as I use the laptop daily and need to be logged in longer than 10-15 minutes.

I could stay longer logged in if I avoided the mouse, but that's really not an option.

So It's kind of solved, but without finding the cause.

Update: The days before the update was release I did some distro hopping.

Ubuntu Budgie allowed me to try the Budgie DE. Pretty nice DE, but I've used Red Hat since '99, so as they say, old habits die hard. And Gnome 3 is exactly what I look for in a DE. Functional yet minimal and great UX.

I eventually went back to Fedora Xfce. The mouse pointer still did it's jolly dance, but it didn't crash the DE.

As soon as I applied the update and noticed everything was fine. I did a fresh reinstall of F27 (G3).

It was a frustrating bug indeed. Getting logged out within 10-15 minutes, but I have to say, it is the only major issue I've had with Fedora.

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If this happens both in Gnome and Xfce, your DE isn't the issue. I'm not sure, yet, what might be, but looking into Gnome and/or Xfce isn't the answer.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2018-02-27 15:26:22 -0600 )edit

That is something I thought about. That it's not the main issue. The DE. What is interesting tho is that one DE crashes, the other doesn't.

But any suggestions what to try and where to look would be much appreciated.

dokterw gravatar imagedokterw ( 2018-02-27 15:29:16 -0600 )edit

I made that comment to keep people from chasing down the dead end of blaming it on the DE. Have you tried logging into a CLI when this happens and looking at .xsession-errors? If that's not practical for you, look at .xession-errors.old as that contains messages from your previous session.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2018-02-27 16:00:58 -0600 )edit


I`m on a Dell E6420, my gnome is not crashing but my mouse pointer also shakes a lot using the onborad trackpad since the Feb 13th update, hope to have a fix soon.

actually since the Feb 23rd update my dual boot is not working, I can`t run either windows 7 or fedora

Isaacmo84 gravatar imageIsaacmo84 ( 2018-02-27 17:07:50 -0600 )edit

I have tried to locate .xsession-errors, but couldn't find them. Not even locate after update db found that file.

However, when I look at the Logs app in Ghome one of the errors shows that gnome-shell crashed.

dokterw gravatar imagedokterw ( 2018-02-28 14:17:22 -0600 )edit

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answered 2018-03-07 08:40:54 -0600

a-zander gravatar image

I see an updated libinput package is available this morning and the update notes indicate that it may address some or all of these issues.

Update Information:


Fix touchpad jitter by changing from "disable if no jitter" to "enable if jitter"

After applying this (and the other updates available) the drag and drop issues I was seeing seem to be better, but not completely gone.

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I dare say that might've been the culprit. I had the same effect.

dokterw gravatar imagedokterw ( 2018-03-09 14:54:01 -0600 )edit

I can confirm, this update has fixed the jittering mouse pointer issue with the touchpad. Linux Mint didn't have this problem at all.

stephanus gravatar imagestephanus ( 2018-03-09 14:58:23 -0600 )edit

answered 2018-05-03 15:58:07 -0600

This problem is unfortunately back. The mouse pointer shakes violently when I put my finger on the touchpad. Subtle movements also trigger this behavior. I've got Fedora 28 Gnome and libinput 1.10.5 installed right now. Unfortunately it makes my Dell Latitude E6430 unusable with Fedora. The mouse pointer shakes under Kubuntu 18.04 too, but it's nearly not as bad.

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