1 2 Previous Next 18 Replies Latest reply on Nov 24, 2008 4:28 PM by russjar

    VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest

    JoeBruce Novice

      I am running VMware Workstation 5.5.2-29772 and just installed Ubuntu "Edgy Eft" (6.10) as a guest OS yesterday. Everything works great until I install VMware Tools and reboot the guest. Once X restarts, the mouse wheel no longer works.

       

      I trashed my first VM in frustration and tried again, paying attention to exactly where things break - the VMware Tools install is what does it. I imagine if I revert to my pre-VMware Tools snapshot the mouse wheel will work again.

       

      Any suggestions?  I really don't want to use the new Ubuntu without VMware Tools (1024x768 is a bit limiting), and I can't use it without the mouse wheel (amazing how we become dependent on such minor things).  I have not seen this issue with Ubuntu 6.06, FC4-6, or SUSE.

       

      \- Joe

        • 1. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
          RDPetruska Guru
          vExpertUser Moderators

          >Any suggestions?

          Wait for the next maintenance release of Workstation, where Ubuntu 6.10 should be a supported guest. 

          • 2. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
            JoeBruce Novice

            That's one possibility. I at least wanted to ensure that VMware was alerted to the problem, or the next maintenance release may or may not fix it.  That said, I can't imagine I'm the first person to try Ubuntu Edgy under VMware, and I had no such problem with FC6.

             

            Maybe I'll try the "Other 2.6 Linux kernel" guest OS choice...  Gotta love snapshots. 

            • 3. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
              RDPetruska Guru
              vExpertUser Moderators

              Nope, you're not the first person with problems with 6.10.  And, if you look at the forum posts for the past 2 days, lots of people keep reporting various problems (mostly when updating their hosts, though).

               

              I think this has to do with X.org 7.1 - perhaps FC6 doesn't use that?

              1 person found this helpful
              • 4. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
                JoeBruce Novice

                Nope, you're not the first person with problems with

                6.10.  And, if you look at the forum posts for the

                past 2 days, lots of people keep reporting various

                problems (mostly when updating their hosts, though).

                 

                I noticed, but I didn't see anything about mouse problems (for the past year or so), so I wanted to make sure that this particular issue was reported (and I still hold out some hope for a work-around or fix).

                 

                I also noticed a number of posts regarding FC6, which I struggled with a bit as well. It is not entirely unexpected for the latest-and-greatest to fail, but I hope for things to work without new releases from VMware.  I guess it does[/u] work as long as I don't "need" VMware Tools.

                 

                I think this has to do with X.org 7.1 - perhaps FC6

                doesn't use that?

                 

                FC6 also uses X.org 7.1, so I'm mystified...

                • 5. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
                  JoeBruce Novice

                  Maybe I'll try the "Other 2.6 Linux kernel" guest OS

                  choice...  Gotta love snapshots. 

                   

                  For the record, this does not appear to work. Note that I did not, however, choose "Other 2.6 Linux kernel" and reinstall from scratch. I simply cloned a snapshot made before VMware Tools was installed, changed the Guest OS type, and then retrieved VMware Tools installation.

                   

                  I know that "Other 2.6 Linux kernel" works fine - at least as far as the mouse wheel is concerned - with FC6, which also uses X.org 7.1. That was the RPM installation and for Ubuntu I use the TAR installation, but I doubt that would make the difference.

                   

                  In any event, it is frustrating to have Edgy and VMware work so well together with this one (relatively minor, but maddening) bug...

                  • 6. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
                    zeus.jay Novice

                    Hi I think I have a solution (Atleast for Microsoft mouses). I have had the same problem.

                     

                    Open the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file

                     

                    Find the Section for Input Device -> Configured Mouse.  For the option

                     

                            Option        Protocol        "ps/2"

                     

                    I changed it to

                     

                            Option        Protocol        "IMPS/2"

                     

                    Restart X of course (easy to use CTRL + ALT +  Backspace).

                     

                     

                    I Found this online that mentioned some other options.

                     

                    https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+bug/8312

                     

                     

                    Jason.

                    • 7. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
                      JoeBruce Novice

                      Thanks!  That does the trick.  For the record, the exact line is:

                       

                      Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"

                       

                      Note the quotes around "Protocol".  I'm not familiar enough with the X11 config file format to know whether that's significant or not.

                       

                      Also note that FC6 has no "InputDevice" section at all for the mouse in /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Apparently this section is optional?

                       

                      Thanks again,

                      Joe

                      • 8. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
                        Sorcerous Lurker

                        Try a different mouse. I had a similar problem using 6.06. The mouse wheel would not scroll after the first spin. I tried this tip mentioned above IMPS/2, and nothing. Then I switched to another mouse, and surprise the scroll wheel works fine! Both mice are M$FT mice.

                         

                        Wheel Mouse Optical USB -> works great

                        Notebook Optical mouse 3000 -> fails

                        • 9. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
                          zchris Novice

                          Is anybody of you running Edgy in VMware on Windows or are you using Linux as the host OS?

                           

                          I'm asking because I can't get it to run at all with VMware tools:

                          http://www.vmware.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=60211&tstart=0

                          • 10. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
                            JoeBruce Novice

                            I am running Edgy Eft under VMware Workstation 5.5.2 build-29772 with Windows XP SP2 as the host OS.  I was able to get it to work (including VMware Tools) using both "Ubuntu" and "Other 2.6 kernel" as the guest OS choices.

                             

                            Unlike with FC6, I don't remember Ubuntu giving me any problems building VMware Tools (tarball installation based on the VMware Workstation manual).

                            • 11. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
                              AlvaroE Novice

                              Can you please post the instructions on how you got it working!!

                               

                              Thanks

                               

                              Alvaro

                              • 12. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
                                JoeBruce Novice

                                The instructions were given above by zeus.jay (the post marked "Correct"):

                                 

                                1. Open the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file

                                 

                                2. In the section marked Section "InputDevice" with Identifier "Configured Mouse", change:

                                 

                                    Option "Protocol" "ps/2"

                                 

                                to

                                 

                                    Option Protocol "IMPS/2"

                                 

                                3. Restart X (Ctrl + Alt + Backspace).

                                 

                                To address a separate bug, while you're editing the X11 configuration you might also want to fix the X11 font paths - the FontPath lines should read "/usr/share/fonts/X11/..." instead of "/usr/share/X11/fonts/...". Unlike the mouse wheel problem, this is a general issue with Edgy Eft that is not specific to VMware.

                                 

                                If you are referring to the VMware Tools installation, I didn't have to do anything special. I just followed the instructions for the tarball installation option in the VMware documentation. Caveat: I am using VMware Workstation 5.5.2, and VMware Server has a different version of VMware Tools. I have not tried the installation under VMware Server. See the linked issue for more discussion...

                                 

                                Message edited by JoeBruce (clarification)

                                • 13. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
                                  Juul Novice

                                  Open the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file

                                   

                                  Find the Section for Input Device -> Configured

                                  Mouse.  For the option

                                   

                                          Option        Protocol        "ps/2"

                                  ged it to

                                   

                                          Option        Protocol        "IMPS/2"

                                  t X of course (easy to use CTRL + ALT +  Backspace).

                                   

                                   

                                  Thanks a bunch, Jason, for this solution!

                                   

                                  I'm sometimes really amazed about how people succeed in finding those kind of solutions!

                                   

                                  Best rgds,

                                   

                                  --Juul

                                  • 14. Re: VMware Tools breaks mouse wheel on Ubuntu Edgy Eft guest
                                    miguelt Novice

                                    Note that it should be:

                                    Option Protocol "ImPS/2"

                                    (Lower "m")

                                     

                                    Otherwise, VMware Toolbox will fail to startup...

                                    1 2 Previous Next