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Login screen doesn't respond to cursor

1256 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: May 24, 2013 2:42 PM by Tuttle RSS
Lloyd Deane Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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Jul 30, 2012 7:51 PM

After restarting I get a login screen, but I can't interact with it with the cursor.  In order to log in I have to type the first letter of my account and then press enter.  I tried reinstalling Mountain Lion but it still won't accept input via the cursor. 


While this doesn't seem like a huge problem, I can't interact with the system restore screen (i.e., holding the 'option' key down during restart).  So I can't actually restore anything in emergency situations. 


Anyone else experiencing this?  Is there any known workaround?


MacBook Pro 13 in (mid-2009)

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion, 8GB Ram, 320GB 7200 rpm HD
  • Tuttle Level 7 Level 7 (28,960 points)
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    Jul 30, 2012 8:08 PM (in response to Lloyd Deane)

    Not saying this isn't an issue, but you can easily navigate between accounts in the login screen using the arrow keys. When you've selected the account you want to log in to, press the return key and the password field should have a blinking cursor and be ready to accept text.


    Starting up holding the option key is the same: you can use the arrow keys to navigate between boot volumes, and the return key to boot from the volume you've selected with the arrow keys.

  • ClayG Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
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    Jul 30, 2012 8:53 PM (in response to Lloyd Deane)

    Try resetting your PRAM. Restart your Mac while holdding down command, option, P, R. Hold down until you hear a second chime sound.

  • William Paplham Calculating status...
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    Aug 22, 2012 8:34 PM (in response to Lloyd Deane)

    I don't have a cursor at login. None responsive to mouse and keyboard (so no typing first letter of account).


    Some times I can get the cursor to appear by connecting via VNC on my iPad. Most of the time as soon as I connect I see the cursor.


    This last time I still couldn't do anything via mouse or keyboard until I clicked on the Bluetooth menu item (via VNC) and then the cursor appeared and the keyboard began to work.


    Once keyboard and mouse start working it's not an issue until I reboot.

  • asaaz Calculating status...
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    May 24, 2013 11:55 AM (in response to Lloyd Deane)

    I just purchased a refurbed Macbook Air. OSX v 10.8.3. I have been using it only for a few days. I don't have any creative software loaded on, or Chrome. My cursor doesn't appear after sleep and I have found no way to log back in other than to turn the computer off. This has happened since the day I received the computer, so I am certain it's not my software.


    If you have any suggestions please let me know. I hate shutting it down every time this happens.

  • Tuttle Level 7 Level 7 (28,960 points)
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    May 24, 2013 2:42 PM (in response to asaaz)

    Best to start a new topic for this issue, asaaz.


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