Have you installed the vmware tools on your guests? They do include keyboard drivers, however I've not experienced your problems when the tools have not been installed.
Yes, I installed vmware tools for both hosts and still I see the same problem.
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Same problem here, with Ubuntu 8.10 host (Linux gobo 2.6.27-7-server #1 SMP Fri Oct 24 07:37:55 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux):
My guest WinXP boots, then asks for Ctrl-Alt-Del, but this doesn't work (and yes, VMtools are installed).
I've analyzed this with "xev" in an Ubuntu guest: The main keys (from ESC to F12, and below) are working fine; only the buttom row is weird:
The arrow keys and keys above are completely scrambled:
So I can login to the XP client by pressing Ctrl-Alt-PrtSc. The numeric pad works partly (with NumLock off).
My host system has a perfectly working USB keyboard, and the strange key assignment is restricted to the VMware Remote Control Plugin 184.108.40.206460 for Firefox 3.0. The keyboard works fine, when using "rdesktop".
I guess, the problem is caused by the Firefox Plugin.
Yes, I can confirm that I have same issues as ralph-d and it seems to be problem on Firefox plugin. Rdesktop works fine. thank you for the tip!
I have exactly the same problem, but with VMWare Workstation. I get this problem, even if I am not running firefox. Indeed, upgrading to Ubuntu Intrepid gave me Firefox 3.0.3 and thus my VMWare add-on (for servers) is disabled.
Maybe this article is useful for you:
I presume, that Workstation and the Server Remote Plugin share the same code. So, if you manage to find out, which settings in which config file solves your problem, I'd be grateful to hear from you. Maybe it'll also fix my problem with the Server Plugin.
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Got my answer from the Workstation forum. For those who are interested the fix is to add this to vmware/config
xkeymap.keycode.108 = 0x138 # Alt_R
xkeymap.keycode.106 = 0x135 # KP_Divide
xkeymap.keycode.104 = 0x11c # KP_Enter
xkeymap.keycode.111 = 0x148 # Up
xkeymap.keycode.116 = 0x150 # Down
xkeymap.keycode.113 = 0x14b # Left
xkeymap.keycode.114 = 0x14d # Right
xkeymap.keycode.105 = 0x11d # Control_R
xkeymap.keycode.118 = 0x152 # Insert
xkeymap.keycode.119 = 0x153 # Delete
xkeymap.keycode.110 = 0x147 # Home
xkeymap.keycode.115 = 0x14f # End
xkeymap.keycode.112 = 0x149 # Prior
xkeymap.keycode.117 = 0x151 # Next
xkeymap.keycode.78 = 0x46 # Scroll_Lock
xkeymap.keycode.127 = 0x100 # Pause
xkeymap.keycode.133 = 0x15b # Meta_L
xkeymap.keycode.134 = 0x15c # Meta_R
xkeymap.keycode.135 = 0x15d # Menu
Can you post your entire .vmx file here? (or just any lines that include the string 'key' if you prefer)
I have the same problem, but just adding the individual key mappings didn't solve it for me, it seems that something is missing.
For example, did you add a line like 'xkeymap.usekeycodeMap = true' too?
Thanks for any help,
many thank you for your suggestion. the problem is solved.
the changes go in "/etc/vmware/config" (on my ubuntu 8.10 laptop)
Thanks! These lines should go either into
~/.vmware/config (user preferences)
or /etc/vmware/config (? server settings ?)
or /usr/lib/vmware/config (system wide settings)
Finally, I found out, that the following line only also fixes the problem for me:
xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true
"xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true" to the /etc/vmware/config file also worked out in my system (ubuntu 8.10)
Hi there, recently I did upgrade my laptop with Ubuntu 8.04 to 8.10 and then to 9.04, I think the keys mapping got broken when I did 8.04 to 8.10. Funny thing is that it does not work on the client site under Ubuntu. So when I fire up my laptop and want to use vm system over web interface console the keys are wrong. When I use windows it is perfectly well. In both scenarions I use Firefox. I have added all suggested entries on server site but it stil does not work with the client under Ubuntu. There is no files to edit in my workstation. Any suggestions what to do in this case?
Ok Ladies, so far noone said anything about fixing problem on workstation using plugin to access VMs. First we have a server with VMware 2.x.x and then we connect using webbrowser from external computer. My laptop is Ubuntu 9.04 but the server is not, server goes on different system. So there is no problem on the server, the problem is in Ubuntu on my laptop. Remember that Ubuntu by the standard does not have root password and you can´t log in as root. In my case I like to know what I am doing so I created root login. So you log in probably as user and if you work from console you #su to root. So if you root then whatever you do stays in root home folder /root. So to get this thing working you need to create a folder in your home directory. I mean the user which you use on daily bases. /home/userx/.vmware and there you do #touch config and then echo 'xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true' > /home/userx/.vmware/config
The user profile needs to know to turn off mapping in the plugin, by default it is mapping to 101 keys and I use 105 ...