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Thread: Keyboard not active on MacBookPro/VMWARE/Ubuntu 10.04

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    Unhappy Keyboard not active on MacBookPro/VMWARE/Ubuntu 10.04

    Using VMWARE Fusion 3.01 on Macbook Pro 15", C2D 2.8Ghz, installed Ubuntu 10.04 on a virtual disc, no problems installing. boots up, offers me my mac username/password logon, but no keyboard entry registers, Cursor is in the password box, tried external PC keyboard, same lack of keyboard enry. So deleted Virtual disc, awaiting suggestions from this forum.

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    Re: Keyboard not active on MacBookPro/VMWARE/Ubuntu 10.04

    i have the exact same problem, everything installs perfectly and when you I try to type my password to log in i get no response. but i does work on my PC very well but I prefer to have it on my new macbook.

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    Re: Keyboard not active on MacBookPro/VMWARE/Ubuntu 10.04

    I have the same problem with VMware Fusion 3.02 on a Mac Pro. Install went perfectly but I can't type my password to login, nor can I do anything else with the keyboard.

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    Re: Keyboard not active on MacBookPro/VMWARE/Ubuntu 10.04

    Hmm... guess it's not just me then.

    Any solutions? I can't get the On-Screen keyboard to come up either.

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    Re: Keyboard not active on MacBookPro/VMWARE/Ubuntu 10.04

    Did you have 'use easy install' checked from the fusion 'Linux Easy Install' window ?

    Try it without auto install, I found it worked WITHOUT that option checked and got into the same condition as you with it checked.
    Last edited by binary10; May 2nd, 2010 at 01:56 AM.
    10 things about binary you should know.
    Some people get it - the rest don't.

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    Re: Keyboard not active on MacBookPro/VMWARE/Ubuntu 10.04

    This does solve the problem -- I was waiting to see if there was an easier trick before I reinstalled.

    Luckily Ubuntu installs really fast, Ubuntu continues to work well after the tools are installed via this method.

    Perhaps somebody should file a bug report with Ubuntu?
    Last edited by epheterson; May 3rd, 2010 at 04:39 AM.

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    Re: Keyboard not active on MacBookPro/VMWARE/Ubuntu 10.04

    I've had the keyboard problem with Ubuntu 10.04 in VMware Fusion 3.0.2 on a MacBook, US keyboard layout. I got around the problem as follows:

    • At the logon screen, go to the Accessibility Preferences at the bottom of the screen, and tick on screen keyboard.
    • You may have to reboot if the virtual keyboard doesn’t start.
    • You can now type in your password using the virtual keyboard on the logon screen. Once logged in, your physical keyboard works.
    • Open a terminal, and reconfigure your console using the command:

    sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup
    For my MacBook I scrolled through the list of keyboards and selected the MacBook/MacBook Pro type. I then accepted all the other default options that were presented.
    • Reboot, and you’re done.

    Thanks to Cat Slave Diary for the solution:
    http://www.greebo.net/2010/05/03/ubu...yboard-issues/

    A bug report is also filed on LaunchPad:
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...er/+bug/548891

    Arkhitekton

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    Re: Keyboard not active on MacBookPro/VMWARE/Ubuntu 10.04

    I seam to have had the same issue with VMW 3.0.1, Ubuntu 10.04 on Windows XP Pro SP3. The trick about restarting after the first attempt of bringing up the on-screen keyboard (a bug in itself presumably) got me out of this one. Thank you Arkhitekton.

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