3 Replies Latest reply on May 21, 2009 5:29 PM by dreich

    VMware Fusion upgrade: mouse gone in Ubuntu Linux Unix

    dreich Lurker

      I just upgraded from 2.0.1 to 2.0.3 and started my Ubuntu vm. The mouse doesn't work so I can't install the upgraded vmware tools! The window comes up showing me the tar ball but I can't click on it.

       

      I'm trying to find a keyboard shortcut command to open up a Terminal window but things like  are mapped to the Mac and open up the System Preferences. The VMWare Fusion Send Keys menu doesn't seem to have anything to help Linux? I'm better at using Windows without a mouse than Linux. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can fix the mouse using the keyboard to open Terminal and install the updated tools package?

       

      Mac Pro OS X 10.5.7

       

      Thanks!

      Darrell

      San Diego, California

        • 1. Re: VMware Fusion upgrade: mouse gone in Ubuntu Linux Unix
          RiteshK Hot Shot

          First of all you should have upgraded to version 2.04 instead of 2.03

           

          You can check the below threads to fix your issue:

           

           

          http://communities.vmware.com/thread/208507?tstart=0

           

           

          and

           

           

          http://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/2009/04/ubuntu-904-on-vmware-fusion-2.html

           

          Message was edited by: RiteshK

          • 2. Re: VMware Fusion upgrade: mouse gone in Ubuntu Linux Unix
            WoodyZ Guru
            dreich wrote:

            I'm trying to find a keyboard shortcut command to open up a Terminal window but things like <Alt>+<F1> are mapped to the Mac and open up the System Preferences. The VMWare Fusion Send Keys menu doesn't seem to have anything to help Linux? I'm better at using Windows without a mouse than Linux. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can fix the mouse using the keyboard to open Terminal and install the updated tools package?

             

            Updating the VMware Tools will not by itself fix the problem so this is what I'd do...

             

            Normally Alt+F1 would bring up the Application menu in Ubuntu however under Fusion with OS X Keyboard Mappings set certain ways you either need to temporarily modify that in System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse or try this...

             

            Click into the Virtual Machine's display for it to grab input...

             

            FnAltF1 should bring up the Applications menu and then use the Arrow Keys to navigate to Accessories > Terminal and the type the following and then press Enter and then type in your Password and press Enter:

            sudo apt-get install mdetect xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse
            

            Then when the prompt returns type the following to reboot...

            sudo shutdown -r now
            

            Then if this is Ubuntu 9.04 you can use the shell script I wrote to reinstall VMware Tools: Installing Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition with full support of VMware Tools - Simplified!

            • 3. Re: VMware Fusion upgrade: mouse gone in Ubuntu Linux Unix
              dreich Lurker

              Where is the Fn key? I can't find it on my Dell PC keyboard or on my Apple Mac keyboard. I see one on my Dell Laptop.

              I went to System Preferences and got Alt+F1 to get me to the Applications menu and started Terminal

               

              I was able to install vmware tools from the Terminal command line window

              I ran: sudo apt-get install mdetect xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse

              It reported the latest version had already been installed.

              I upgraded to VMware fusion 2.0.4

               

              The best I can tell from the command line, I have Ubuntu from November 2008 not the bleeding edge latest version.

              A balloon pops up in the upper right corner of the desktop in the menubar prompting me to click for updates but the mouse is frozen in the center of the screen

               

              Any ideas on how I can get the mouse back?

              Anyone know how to get over to the upper right side of the screen with the keyboard?

               

              AltF1 gets me to the Application menu where I can use the arrow keys to move around. AltF2 gets me the run box.

              Now that I have a terminal, I just need to know what to type? Thanks!