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There is a keyboard input problem using Ubuntu 10.04 as a guest in VMWare. I found a website here that explained howto get around this problem in Kubuntu (which uses the KDM login manager.

How can I accomplish the same using regular Ubuntu 10.04 (which uses the GDM login manager)?

Edit: I have tried to use the on-screen keyboard, but it automatically closes after selecting the on-screen keyboard option from Universal Access Preferences.

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I had the on-screen keyboard close on one VM as well. I rebooted and the keyboard was up and working next time around (Ubuntu is sometimes like Windows... cough) – Chris_K May 6 '10 at 1:07
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I used the virtual keyboard to log in the first time, then edited the same file. At the login console, click on the "little dude in a circle" icon at the bottom to access Universal Access Preferences. From there you can turn on the on-screen keyboard.

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Indeed, the Virtual Keyboard required a reboot of my VM after enabling on my box. – csnullptr May 6 '10 at 9:30

try hitting ctrl + g. I used the virtual keyboard to login and vmware told me to hit ctrl + g to allow input, and now the keyboard input is functioning.

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Follow the same procedure on ubuntu 10.04, which contains /etc/default/console-setup

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The problem is that GDM doesn't offer the same way to exit to a console login that KDM does (that I know of). There may be a keyboard shortcut to do this, but that doesn't really help when keyboard input isn't working. I can't get the onscreen keyboard to show up either. – csnullptr May 6 '10 at 0:16
enable bridged networking and ssh to the guest and change it. – RainDoctor May 6 '10 at 0:24
It's a fresh install and I don't have ssh setup yet. Otherwise a great idea. – csnullptr May 6 '10 at 0:37
Well, there is another way, which I have not tried but will work. Shutdown that vm. Mount that vmdk image and change that entry. Unmount it and boot back. – RainDoctor May 6 '10 at 0:47

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