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Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop failing on Ubuntu 9.04

Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop failing on Ubuntu 9.04

I'm using a Microsoft wireless optical mouse and keyboard, which has stopped working following a reboot. If I look in /var/log/dmesg and grep for "Microsoft", I see a lot of entries like this

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Guest [Entry]

"That's basically a sign that the device isn't initialising correctly so it's getting repeatedly duplicated on USB. Try using a different USB port/controller or connecting via PS/2 and see if that helps.

Otherwise, try on another machine, I suspect it may be broken. :("