How do I get my wireless USB mouse working

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – 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. (HowTos)