Yesterday I installed VMware Workstation 6.5 on my fresh install of Ubuntu 8.10. After powering on a Windows XP vm, I realized that I could not use the arrow keys properly. On hitting the left arrow key, start menu was being displayed and other arrow keys had similar issues. Also, using VMware player was completely impossible as ctrl-alt-del wasn’t working.
After searching around a bit I found that many others had faced similar issue. Apparently it is not a bug with VMware Workstation. Due to some updates to Ubuntu 8.10, the keyboard mappings were screwed up. I found good amount of information in the VMware communities forum.
To fix this issue, you simply need to run the following command,
echo 'xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true' > ~/.vmware/config
and if VMware Player/Server/Workstation was running, just restart it.
You should then be good to go…