[Bug 195982] Re: Shift key (and caps lock) stop working when using VMWare

Brian Murray brian at ubuntu.com
Mon Jun 23 17:08:01 UTC 2008

I have no config file in my ~/.vmware directory.  Should create one
using the information from comment 133 or would I need more information
in it?

** Description changed:

  After a day or so of running the shift key mysteriously stops working as
  does the cap lock. In other words I cannot enter shifted characters of
  any kind. The keyboard is connected to a KVM and all other systems
  respond to it properly. In additional any VMWare sessions I have open
  respond correctly. So I have the condition where all non-vmware
  applications in Ubuntu Hardy (all updates applied as of 2008-02-26 at
  12:43 UTC) fail to recognize the shift key BUT applications within an
  active (a paused/restarted session also works) VMWare sessions running
  DO recognize the key.
  When this condition occurs ALL applications (except those within a
  VMWare session) are also unstable and will usually crash within a few
  keystrokes.If I continue to operate in this mode. I cannot pinpoint
  what, if any, application triggers this. It has always happened while
  working within terminal/browser/vmware sessions and NOT when opening a
  new application. It could be related to the KVM switch, but none of my
  other systems (2 Mandriva, 1 Windows) are affected by this.
  This bug has been present on my system for a number of days across daily
  updates and reboots (if the update requested it) and I think since I
  installed Hardy Alpha 1.
  A work around: log off and back on. A reboot/restart does not appear to
  be needed.
  Error logs show some unusual activity.
  --- MARK ----
  ... kernel ... rtc lost 7 interrupts ...
  --- MARK ---
  Plus some segfaults indicating which application crashed as I tried to
  type into it (mouse works fine).
  System: HP dv9743cl (which otherwise works lovely)
  Ubuntu: Hardy 8.04 (from lsb-release)
+ ----
+ 1. Click inside the VM and                                                                                                     
+ 2. Hold any of the Ctrl, Alt and/or shift keys while releasing the keyboard/mouse to the host OS (which you obviously do when you press Crtl-Alt to revert back to windowed mode, as the cursor is then released from the VM). 
+ After this happens to recover your keyboard execute 'setxkbmap' in a terminal

Shift key (and caps lock) stop working when using VMWare
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