(Arrow) keys are not working in VMWare guest

06.05.2009
von Mario Rasser

We had problems within some keys like Arrow, Up, Down etc. in the Guest OS running on a Ubuntu 8.10 and 9.04 running VMWare Server 2.0. The keymapping between host and guest is broken. That could be fixed with the following entries in ~/.vmware/config (create the file if it is not existing). The file is located in the home of the user that runs ther VMWare Console, e.g. from the VMWare Infrastructure Web Access environment.

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

Restart the guest virtual machine and the keymapping works as it should.
The solution was found in the mentioned reference.

Reference:

Professional VMWare and Linuxe support

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