6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 18, 2019 2:48 PM by wila

    VMWare Fusion Stuck Keys

    Bradall Enthusiast

      Thought I would reopen a new thread on this issue as the old one located here High Sierra and Fusion "stuck" keys was related to High Sierra and as we are now into Mojave and the problem still exists for a number of people. OI had to move to another product and occassionally return to see what and if this has been resolved. It has not been on my 2017 MAC. The issue was fixed by a once off patch to fusion 10.1.3 or some thing but then lost in subsequent updates to fusion. All in all this issue has existed for over a year and the official bugs and tribletickets were closed against the earlier version. The problem persis and its sad to see the state of repair and bug resolution frequency on Fusion. Once such a great product.

        • 1. Re: VMWare Fusion Stuck Keys
          Bradall Enthusiast

          well while having time off at present thought  would try and solve this other ways because its obvious that VMWare are using some old calls that do not behave the way they used to and that VMWare can not actually see or even recognide they have a problem. I've tried all sorts of things to stop this from occurring and the closest i can come is to permanent enable the touch bar. Nothing else seems to impact the outcome except for this. Seems that when th touchbar switches modes then the key repeat occurs. Simply can not remove that issue. Seems back toparallels.

          • 2. Re: VMWare Fusion Stuck Keys
            wila Guru
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            Hi,

             

            Upgraded my MBP (now a 2018 15" one with all the bells and whistles), also installed the latest Fusion 11.0.2 and am now seeing keys getting stuck after a few days of use.

             

            I'm pretty much only seeing this when I swipe from one full screen VM to another full screen one.

            On initial typing into the VM a key can be stuck, especially moderator keys (Ctrl or Alt), but it can be any keyyyyyyyyy.

             

            Did not see this on my old 2012 MBP where I ran an older Fusion version.

             

            FWIW, using an external keyboard and screen.

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            Wil

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            • 3. Re: VMWare Fusion Stuck Keys
              Bradall Enthusiast

              Yes happens with VMWare on MACOS12, 13 and 14 with internal and external keyboards seems that those with touchbars are effected more greatly than those without. Any itttttt can be annnnnnnny key as you say. Its been this way for well over a year now and obviously not going to be fixed by VMWare. Best t head towards an alternative product if you want to use a VM.

              • 4. Re: VMWare Fusion Stuck Keys
                wila Guru
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                Hey Brad,

                 

                Happy to say that I have not really seen it happen since that one time and even then it was sporadic.

                 

                So while I believe you in the problem that you are bumping into, it does not happen to everybody or happen all the time.

                Chances of this getting addressed when VMware cannot reproduce it are pretty slim I'm afraid.

                I really hope they know how-to reproduce this, but somehow I doubt that.

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                Wil

                | Author of Vimalin. The virtual machine Backup app for VMware Desktop Products
                | Vimalin : Automated backups for VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation Professional
                | More info at https://www.vimalin.com
                | Twitter @wilva
                | VMware Wiki at http://www.vi-toolkit.com
                • 5. Re: VMWare Fusion Stuck Keys
                  Bradall Enthusiast

                  Thanks for the response. Yes this has been an issue since version 8 of Fusion. There is another thread High Sierra and Fusion "stuck" keys |VMware Communitieshttps://communities.vmware.com/thread/577500 that is 12 pages long on this topic. VMware did seem to fix it in a 10.3 patch release that did not seem to go public. Release 11 returned to the same old problem and 12 the issue remained. It is extremely simple to replicate on my machine. Simply install ubuntu server, get to a cli line and then wait for the Touch Bar to turn off. The next key the MAC lights up the touch bar and the key bounces in the ubuntu terminal. Has not changed in the years and makes using Linux inside of fusion almost impossible. Luckily there are alternatives to Fusion that do not suffer from this issue. It is a pity because I like Fusion, and I keep returning in hope that some year the issue may be addressed but as you point out its unlikely this will ever occur and I'm best to remain using alternative products.

                  • 6. Re: VMWare Fusion Stuck Keys
                    wila Guru
                    vExpertCommunity WarriorsUser Moderators

                    Brad,

                     

                    If the touch bar is part of the issue, then perhaps I am not seeing it anymore because I reconfigured the touch bar to always show the F1 .. F12 and Escape keys when a VM is focused.

                    The standard touch bar buttons as offered by VMware Fusion are completely - I think the technical term for it is - useless to me.

                    Besides that I do sometimes have a need for functions keys so it was a no-brainer for me to reconfigure that.

                     

                    See the workaround from Zhus here:

                    Re: Fusion 10 MacBook Pro Touch Bar configuration?

                    on how-to apply that workaround.

                     

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                    Wil

                    | Author of Vimalin. The virtual machine Backup app for VMware Desktop Products
                    | Vimalin : Automated backups for VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation Professional
                    | More info at https://www.vimalin.com
                    | Twitter @wilva
                    | VMware Wiki at http://www.vi-toolkit.com