On a fresh install of Ubuntu Server 10.04.1 on VMWare Player 3.1.1, the keyboard mappings are crazy!

The arrows don't work, Ctrl key seems mapped to Enter, it's nuts!

Note, this is a command-line server only, without X-Windows.

The host is Windows 7.

What's the quick and easy fix??


  • Crazy question: During install did you select the default US keyboard layout? – KronoS Sep 18 '10 at 17:08
  • I used the automated "easy install" through the VMWare prompts. Was never prompted for a keyboard type. – Alex R Sep 18 '10 at 18:45
  • Install Ubuntu properly. Download the ISO and install it in a fresh virtual machine. – Hello71 Mar 23 '11 at 22:21
  • Anyone found an answer to this? Having the same problem. nthrbldyblg.blogspot.com/2008/06/… Blog suggested all sorts of things, but none of them worked for me! :( – user81232 May 14 '11 at 12:24
up vote 1 down vote accepted


dpkg-reconfigure console-setup

Should work in console.

Use A key to jump to the ACPI standard (since arrow keys are not working), and then TAB, Enter to proceed with the setup. You can leave all other settings on their defaults.

In the end reboot the machine.

Change the layout in preferences. Using xmodmap isn't Ubuntu way.

  • What preferences? vi /etc/preferences? or what :-) ? – Alex R Sep 18 '10 at 22:06

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