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Keyboard Not Working Propertly on VMware

Yesterday, I made the upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10 and minutes later installed my number one application WMware Player only to notice moments later that my keyboard was not working property, the arrow keys were disabled for some reason. Thanks to a problem with the evdev input driver my keyboard was partially functional. The solution is actually very simple.

Create a new file and place the following values in the new file.

sudo nano /etc/vmware/config
xkeymap.keycode.108 = 0x138 # Alt_R

xkeymap.keycode.106 = 0x135 # KP_Divide

xkeymap.keycode.104 = 0x11c # KP_Enter

xkeymap.keycode.111 = 0x148 # Up

xkeymap.keycode.116 = 0x150 # Down

xkeymap.keycode.113 = 0x14b # Left

xkeymap.keycode.114 = 0x14d # Right

xkeymap.keycode.105 = 0x11d # Control_R

xkeymap.keycode.118 = 0x152 # Insert

xkeymap.keycode.119 = 0x153 # Delete

xkeymap.keycode.110 = 0x147 # Home

xkeymap.keycode.115 = 0x14f # End

xkeymap.keycode.112 = 0x149 # Prior

xkeymap.keycode.117 = 0x151 # Next

xkeymap.keycode.78 = 0x46 # Scroll_Lock

xkeymap.keycode.127 = 0x100 # Pause

xkeymap.keycode.133 = 0x15b # Meta_L

xkeymap.keycode.134 = 0x15c # Meta_R

xkeymap.keycode.135 = 0x15d # Menu

Close the file and test the changes by starting VMware Player. Enjoy.

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  1. Commented on
    Comment by breeze

    num lock still not work for me.

  2. Commented on
    Comment by dataninja

    It may sound silly but restart the virtual machine and make sure to press Num Lock after the virtual machine boots. Apparently Num Lock is never enabled when the virtual machine boots.

    I just tested in WinXP, Ubuntu 8.04, OpenSUSE 11 virtual machines. The solution in the post above seems to be universal (VMware products), but just in case I use VMware Player on a Ubuntu 8.10 machine.

  3. Commented on
    Comment by Xiborg

    The config entries above helped me out.
    Thank you!


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