Few days ago I have upgraded my Ubuntu to latest 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) and found that keyboard just doesn’t work in VMware Server Console. The problem was that I couldn’t use keyboard under guest operating system including Windows, Linux etc. After few hours of research I found simple solution which works for me:

$ setxkbmap
$ echo "xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true" >> ~/.vmware/config

After this restart vmware-server-console and see if it helps. If not you can see other solutions of the same problem at this site:
http://nthrbldyblg.blogspot.com/2008/06/vmware-and-fubar-keyboard-effect.html

I hope it helps!

P.S. Here are vmware-server-console’s libs I use:

artemn@artemn-laptop:~$ ls -la /usr/lib/vmware-server-console/lib
total 172
drwxr-xr-x 40 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 .
drwxr-xr-x 11 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 ..
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libart_lgpl_2.so.2
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libatk-1.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libatkmm-1.6.so.1
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libcrypto.so.0.9.7
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libexpat.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libfontconfig.so.1
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libfreetype.so.6
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libgcc_s.so.1
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libgdkmm-2.4.so.1
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libgdk_pixbuf-2.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libgdk-x11-2.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libglade-2.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libglib-2.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libglibmm-2.4.so.1
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libglibmm_generate_extra_defs-2.4.so.1
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libgmodule-2.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libgnomecanvas-2.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libgnomecanvasmm-2.6.so.1
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libgobject-2.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libgthread-2.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libgtkmm-2.4.so.1
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libpango-1.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libpangoft2-1.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libpangomm-1.4.so.1
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libpangox-1.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libpangoxft-1.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libpng12.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 librsvg-2.so.2
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libsexymm.so.1
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libsexy.so.1
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libsigc-2.0.so.0
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libssl.so.0.9.7
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libstdc++.so.5
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libview.so.2
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libXft.so.2
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libxml2.so.2
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2008-12-24 12:56 libXrender.so.1
-r-xr-xr-x  1 root root 10173 2008-12-24 12:56 wrapper-gtk24.sh

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27 Comments

 

  1. December 24, 2008  10:16 pm by skinnypuppyx Reply

    I also have a fix for problems with VMware:

    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose

    ^
    |
    :>

  2. December 25, 2008  8:31 am by artiomix Reply

    Ha-ha, skinnypuppyx! :-)

  3. January 22, 2009  8:32 am by 0disse0 Reply

    Where I can do this command? in the linux vmware server or in my pc client ?

  4. January 23, 2009  8:02 am by artiomix Reply

    Hi 0disse0,



    Those commands should be entered at client PC where you start vmware-server-console. In my case it's laptop with Ubuntu :)

  5. January 29, 2009  12:59 pm by MyTer Reply

    Hi

    Thanks!

    did the trick!

  6. January 30, 2009  4:22 pm by Giorgos Kolomvos Reply

    Thank you, i had problem with the arrow and Delete keys since v.1.0.5 of VMware, but thanks to your simple hint it is now solved.

  7. January 30, 2009  4:23 pm by Giorgos Kolomvos Reply

    My present version of VMWare server is v.2 and your hint works great.

  8. February 3, 2009  8:27 am by Tinhorn Reply

    Thanks



    That worked!

    I did this on my Ubuntu 10.0 workstations and servers the problems that I was having with the keyboard mapping were resolved.



    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose

    setxkbmap

    echo "xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true" >> ~/.vmware/config

  9. February 11, 2009  11:22 am by mbentley Reply

    thank you for your solution. works perfectly for me as well in 8.10.



    and to Tinhorn:



    the "sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose" was a joke. that installs another virtualization product called virtualbox ;) i like virtualbox but for a production environment, i am going to stick with vmware.

  10. March 20, 2009  6:54 pm by greg Reply

    worked, you are dreamy



    thanks

  11. March 26, 2009  7:26 pm by Mikepre Reply

    Sorry, it seems it only works with English keyboard layout.

    If you have a LatinAmerica keyboard layout, some keys do not even work.

    I have tried everything, with no luck.



    Ubuntu 8.10 64 bit, VMWare Server 2.0.0 for Linux, Build 122956 64 bit

    VMs: Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP, other Linux distos..



    Mike

  12. April 1, 2009  4:25 pm by Nick Reply

    Thanks, worked for me on Ubuntu 8.10

  13. April 16, 2009  11:47 am by hrongyorgy Reply

    Very-very thanks for this post. It works with Hungarian keyboard layout on Gentoo host with Win2k3 guests.

  14. April 16, 2009  7:58 pm by pictux Reply

    works like a charm also with debian sid & vmware server 1.8!
    Tnx!

  15. April 25, 2009  8:00 am by Marco Tonoli Reply

    Thanks it work for me!!!!

  16. April 30, 2009  1:08 pm by Yoeri Van de Moortel Reply

    Hi, thanks for the hint.
    What about the settings when using the remote console as a firefox plugin? I can't seem to get that to work correctly.

  17. May 27, 2009  6:00 pm by slestak Reply

    Thanks, worked awesome in 9.04

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  20. June 3, 2010  11:44 am by Cody Wohlers Reply

    Thanks! This solved my problem with Ubuntu 9.10 x86_64 host, Firefox 3.5.9, and Ubuntu 10.04 x86_64 host.

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