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

BassKozz basskozz at gmail.com
Fri Jun 27 13:01:26 UTC 2008

The Bug Description Says: "After a day or so of running"
For me it's more like a couple of hours or minutes depending on variables I've yet to have figured out what the exact cause is.

Someone over on the VMware forums has posted a way to reproduce the problem immediatly:
"steps to reproduce:
NOTE: I have put a lot of time into reproducing exactly the steps needed. The following is the bare minimum of what I need to do to reproduce it. Anything else is irrelevant (in my case). For example, it works fine if I switch to full screen without first clicking inside the VM.

    * have a vm running
    * switch to vmware
    * move the mouse into and click inside the vm
    * press ctrl-alt-enter to make it full screen
    * press ctrl-alt to revert back to windowed mode

now the problem is there
Another observation:

It can also be reproduced this way:
click inside the VM
hold any of Shift, Ctrl or Alt keys down while moving the mouse out of the VM window

Note: If I switch to the VM by simply alt-tabbing to it, then pressing Ctrl-Alt-Enter to full screen it, then Crtl-Alt to release, I do not get this problem. It only occurs when I:
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)."

Check it out here for the full scoop:

p.s. When is this going to be assigned to someone so we can get a fix?
Or is Ubuntu/Xorg/VMware going to keep passing the buck?

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