14 Replies Latest reply on Oct 22, 2010 6:25 PM by azum5555

    Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7

    twrangham Novice

      Has anyone had issues with the Keyboard not working in the new Ubuntu 10.04 Beta? I had it working upon first install, then after a reboot, it quit. Reinstalled and keyboard doesnt work either. Tried different KEyboard layouts, doesnt seem to matter.


      Mouse works fine.



        • 1. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
          BringIt Lurker


          I have exactly the same problem.  Must have something to do with the radical changes they made....like ripping out the HAL daemon....



          Anyone have a fix?



          • 2. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
            SGiff Novice

            I had similar problem in that the mouse worked on the gdm login screen but the keyboard did not.  I was able to login using the on-screen keyboard.


            I enabled the on-screen keyboard via the universal access preferences, (little man-in-circle button on gdm screen).  Also had to reboot to get the keyboard to display properly.  Once logged in the regular keyboard worked fine.


            I found the :0-greeter.log file in /var/log/gdm had errors complaining about not find symbols for "U.S. English" keyboard layout in  us keyboard file. A little grepping later finds "U.S. English" is set in /etc/default/console-setup. 







            Reboot and keyboard now works at login.  Don't know if this is VMware's or Ubuntu's fault during install, since I used the auto install process in Workstation 7.  Sounds like it could be VMware related as a manual install seems to avoid this.


            Hope this helps.

            • 3. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
              rizlaw Enthusiast

              Thanks SGiff for the tip. I was having the same issue and I'm happy to report that your workaround works perfectly. 

              • 4. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7

                I can confirm this workaround also works for the new 10.04 RTM released recently.







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                • 5. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
                  MikeCIO Lurker


                  I can't say I've had the same luck.  Not only does the keyboard not work, but selecting the on-screen keyboard via the universal access preferences just flashes a window up in the background for a fraction of a second, then does nothing.



                  I recall about 15 years ago, you could boot Linux in single user mode (yeah... its been about that long since I've had to resort to it).  I'm pretty sure you could pass in a switch in Grub's edit mode to get linux to boot this way.  Ubuntu 10.04 removed grub with their new HAL.  Anyone know of a key-combo or similar to break out of the boot process and go into single user mode/non-graphical mode?  



                  • 6. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
                    MikeCIO Lurker



                    Ok... Changed some virtual machine settings and the on-screen keyboard finally popped up.  Tried to revert the changes to reproduce but failed. 



                    The settings I had deselected included Processors=2 (meant to select 2 cores), 3D Graphics acceleration, automatic USB connection, ...? I think that was it.  Reverted everything back to default and onscreen keyboard came up.



                    After applying fixes suggested and rebooting, I'm able to log in.  Thanks SGiff






                    • 7. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
                      Raoulvb Lurker

                      I have the same issue with the just released new version of Ubuntu.

                      But also changing VMware options as suggested does not solve the same issue: the onscreen keyboard flashes and is gone. I have no way login on, so I also cannot apply the patch as suggested.

                      Anyone another idea how to fix this problem?




                      • 8. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
                        Raoulvb Lurker


                        this is how I fixed it:

                        I still had my VMware machine with Ubuntu 9 so I added the virtual disk of my ubuntu 10 to it, booted, mounted the disk of my new ubuntu and made the changes as suggested above in indicated file (as root).


                        After that all worked fine..


                        thanks for the hints !!!



                        • 9. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
                          SGiff Novice

                          I also had the problem with the onscreen keyboard when you first enable it.  If you leave it enabled and reboot, the onscreen keyboard will appear on the next boot. 

                          I spent some time tracking down the root of this problem.  I've found that using the "Easy Install" method in VMware workstation (7.01) does indeed cause the problem.  When you attach the Ubuntu iso file during the VM creation, vmware recognizes it and creates autoinst.iso and autoinst.flp and attaches them to the newly created VM.  These boot devices contain a vmware generated preseed configuration that contain the bogus keyboard entries for the debian-installer.  So, if you disconnect the autoinst.iso and autoinst.flp devices before booting the VM to do the install, you can avoid this.

                          • 10. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
                            guylj Lurker

                            I installed 10.04 LTS on VMWare Player 3.0.1 227600. Took all the defaults and the Easy Install route  I specified 4 cpus. Hit the no keyboard at login so enabled on screen keyboard which didn't appear so rebooted VM but on screen keyboard still didn't appear. Shut down VM and changed cpus to 1. Restarted VM and on screen keyboard now appeared and I could login. Shut down VM again, changed cpus back to 4, started VM again. This time I stil had the on-screen keyboard and the System Monitor shows 4 cpus.

                            • 11. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
                              rstrang Lurker

                              Thanks SGiff. 


                              Had the same problem with Ubuntu 10.04 as guest under VMWare Player 3.  The console-setup change fixed the problem.

                              I also verified that the change matched the console-setup on my Unbuntu 9.10 host system.

                              • 12. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
                                m0te Lurker


                                Had a similar problem with Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop and UNE, both the final versions.  Standard VM setup resulted in a VM that would not accept keyboard input, and the onscreen keyboard simply did not appear when I enabled it.



                                The way I got around it was was to simply remove the floppy drive when setting up the VM initially.  After installation finished, the VM booted into command-line.  Logon, issue a "shutdown -r", and the next time it will boot into the GUI and the keyboard works just fine.  FWIW, this happened on the latest VMware Workstation (, which I downloaded yesterday evening).  So it seems to be an ongoing quirk.  Again FWIW, this was on a Dell Latitude D830.



                                Performing the trick fixed both Desktop and UNE setups



                                • 13. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
                                  paologai Lurker

                                  I had the same problem.


                                  setting the etc/default/console did not solve the problem.


                                  We solved it by commenting out the lines



                                  Section "ServerFlags"

                                      Option "NoAutoAddDevices"





                                  in this way xorg is able to detect the keyword and everything worked fine after this!



                                  • 14. Re: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 VMware Workstaion 7
                                    azum5555 Lurker

                                    Thank you paologai!


                                    None of the fixes did it until I tried commenting out the xorg.lines! Thank you again!