Tonight I wanted to try out the recently released Ubuntu 10.0.4 so I downloaded the ISO and gave it a shot with VMware Player on my home machine. While the install itself went well, once I was at a logon screen I couldn’t use the keyboard. Mouse worked, but to logon I had to resort to the “accessibility” on-screen keyboard. Once in, the regular keyboard was fine. Weird…
Thinking that I had a bad image or install, I re-downloaded Ubuntu and tried again with VMware Workstation 7 on my laptop. Same deal, no keyboard. Like any good “technologist” I realized it was time to do some web searching.
The second link I clicked brought me to the Reformed Musings blog and his “Keyboard issues with Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 and VMWare Workstation 7.0” article. Bam! Problem solved. He has the necessary fix listed out there that he found in a forum post. Presumably, future versions of Player and Workstation will better handle this new version of Ubuntu, until then you just need to either enable the onscreen keyboard or go the “Console Login” route and make a quick change to
Working fixes found at other blogs are the best fixes, aren’t they?
So a commenter had issues with the use of the on-screen keyboard. First off, a left-click is just what it sounds like — click the left mouse-button on the icon. In other words, a “normal” mouse click.
Here’s a picture of that icon (circled in red):
When you click it, you’ll see that “Universal Access Preferences” menu item pop up. Click on that (left-click again!) and then check the box for the on-screen keyboard:
Close that dialog and the on-screen keyboard will pop up. Click in the password field to select it and then use the on-screen keyboard.
As they say down-under, Bob then becomes your uncle.
Hopefully that’ll help
As for “N” being offended that folks will post links to other posts posting links to solutions: Hey, I just like to give credit where credit is due. The Reformed Musings blog is where I found my fix so that’s where I’m pointing folks. Yeah, it is an extra mouse-click but I didn’t see the need to just copy/paste his content.