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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