Does anyone know how to set LXDE to move the mouse cursor with NUMPAD keys? I've tried all combinations of CTRL + ALT + SHIFT keys that I can think of as well as toggling NumLock setting with SHIFT + NumLock. Nothing works. Surely this is something there should be a simple fix for.

I cannot load or update anything as I cannot connect to WiFi without setting that up in LXDE. And I cannot set up the WiFi (although I can see the right connection in WiFi Config) because the GUI has no way of simulating a double-click on the right network if there is no mouse. I need the two RPi USB ports for dongle and keyboard, so its a very nice Catch 22.

The frustrating thing is I fixed this exact problem about 6 months ago, but now I can't figure out how I did it :(

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You should still be able to setup your Wi-fi from the command line. If you use CTRL-ALT-F1 will switch you to a console terminal. You can then edit /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf to add your network:

  ssid="<NETWORK NAME!>"

After you add this simply plug in your wireless adapter and it should work. More directions here. CTRL-ALT-F7 or F8 should take you back to LXDE.

  • Thanks Fred. I tested this and couldn't get it to work, but I suspect I was doing something wrong as I've seen this solution documented in a few places. In the end I connected via ethernet to my Mac and used wicd-curses to get set up. I've updated the title to reflect the solution for the benefit of others.
    – geotheory
    Mar 5, 2014 at 19:06

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