I've been having the same problem since switching to 3.8. It seems like an upstream bug. The best workaround I have is to plug the mouse out and back in when it freezes.
on 04/09/2013 – Made popular on 04/09/2013
I'm having an issue in Kubuntu (also tried in Mint with Cinnamon and Arch with kde/kdm) where, upon login, I can move my (USB) mouse for about 5 seconds. After that, my mouse freezes and will not move; mouse buttons do not work either. If I unplug it and plug it back in, it does not even light up. I've tried other USB ports on the computer, which do not work either.
I have spent all day on the Ubuntu forums and going through google search results, and everything I have tried so far (including downgrading the kernel) has gotten me nowhere, so I figured I would post my own thread and see if maybe someone could help find a specific solution to my problem.
Basically my usb ports have simply stopped working. They will not read usb mouse or dvd drive.
When i install Ubuntu 9.10, My Laptop keyboard is not working, then after a while my mouse that i have connected via USB stopps responding but trackpad keeps working, when i unplug my mouse and plug the mouse in again, it doesn't even get the lights on on my mouse.. it looks like USB port stopped working or something..
My Ubuntu12.04 often appears stuck - mouse, keyboard, all did not respond, everything stopped. I tried all methods to prove that indeed is a very serious problem. I know many people are like me, unfortunately, this problem still exist in 12.10.
I think the two most suspicious:
1 mouse. I do not use the mouse (I use the laptop touchpad), and never had problems.
I have very strange problem with my USB mouse and keyboard:
Sometimes during normal work in W7 they became deatached (there is that funky sound of deataching device in W7), without any my ingeretion. They cannot be reatached until next reboot, even if I plug them out and then plug in (even in different USB slot).
My wireless mouse (logitech M310, but also another wireless mouse) freezes after a couple seconds of use. But the track pad on the laptop (Lenovo ThinkPad T420s) continues to work. Moving the mouse or clicking does not wake the thing up.