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I'm using vmplayer 3.0.0 build-197124 on Windows 7 Pro as host and installed Ubuntu 10.04 as guest OS. On booting into Ubuntu , it cannot detect the keyboard. How do I fix this. I also installed a Opensue 11.1 VM and the keybaord worked fine.

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One work-around is to enable the virtual keyboard (through the accessibility options at the login page). Login and then make a quick change to /etc/default/console-setup. Find XBVARIANT and remove the value for it, leaving you with
XKBVARIANT=""

Some other options are mentioned in the comments of this blog post: http://www.solo-technology.com/blog/2010/05/01/ubuntu-10-0-4-vmware-and-no-keyboard

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just to add that after selecting the Universal access and OSK, you need to reboot the OS once to get the OSK... –  iceman Jun 23 '10 at 10:25

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