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I've a Windows 7 VM on my VMWare Fusion 5.0.1 running on OSX 10.8.2.
I want to connect it a tablet (Smart Pad 810c) that OSX doesn't recognize at all (it's not listed either in USB system configuration).
I know it can be recognized by Win7, but I don't know how to connect it skipping OSX. Can someone help me?

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Although unlikely, it doesn't hurt to check whether Mac OS X sees the connected device, this is also useful if you want to get the device and vendor IDs of the device.

Apple Menu > About This Mac > System Report > Hardware > USB

Do you see the tablet listed among other USB devices connected to your Mac? If yes, you should be able to give the VMWare guest access to the device.

Giving Windows 7 VM direct access to USB devices

  1. Shutdown Windows 7
  2. If Virtual Machine Library is not already showing go to: VMware Fusion Menu > Window > Virtual Machine Library
  3. Hold down Option key and right click on the Windows 7 VM
  4. Click on Open Config File in Editor
  5. Backup a copy of the .vmx file.
  6. Scroll down to bottom and add the following line:

    usb.generic.allowHID = "TRUE"

  7. Save .vmx file and close editor

When you start the Windown 7 VM, you will be able to connect directly.

VMWare Menu > Virtual Machine > USB & Bluetooth >

Once you connect a device to Windows it can only be accessed exclusively by Windows until it is disconnected or the guest OS is shutdown.

For more information see VMWare KB articles: Connecting a second mouse or keyboard directly to a ... and Automatically connecting USB devices at virtual machine power on

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