VMware server console keyboard problem in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex

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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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My name is Stefan, I'm the admin of LinuxScrew. I am a full-time Linux/Unix sysadmin, a hobby Python programmer, and a part-time blogger. I post useful guides, tips, and tutorials on common Linux and Programming issues. Feel free to reach out in the comment section.

12 thoughts on “VMware server console keyboard problem in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex”

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Yoeri Van de Moortel

    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.

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