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I managed to successfully install VMWare Workstation 6.5.5 (64-bit) on Ubuntu 10.04 (64-bit). It works in principle but there is one issue that forced me to stick with Ubuntu 8.04 (for now):

When the guest VM is Microsoft Windows (2K, XP), the mouse cursor turns from an arrow to a hand when it hovers over the Task Bar (or close to it -- The problem is not limited to the Task Bar area but rather to an arbitrary margin on the outer side of the desktop. This margin can be as wide as 1/8 of the guest's desktop.). When the mouse moves, this hand cursor blinks and the system doesn't respond to mouse clicks. When the hand cursor blinks, the Num Lock LED on my keyboard blinks as well.

When I move the mouse cursor back to "the desktop area" (as defined in the highlighted text above), it functions normally.

That is, the problem exists only outside that "desktop area".

Obviously, this makes it very difficult (read: impossible) for me to use the Start Menu, SysTray and the rest of the Task Bar.

My workaround for now is to launch programs via their Desktop shortcuts or via the keyboard.

Note: The same exact VMWare Workstation 6.5.5 (64-bit) on Ubuntu 8.04 (64-bit) doesn't exhibit this problem.

Anyone seen this problem before? Do you know of a solution (or better workaround) to this problem?

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Have you uninstalled and reinstalled the guest additions (or whatever vmware calls it now) on the Windows Guest? – fossfreedom Aug 17 '11 at 19:41
alternatively - are you using the console or are you using RDP? I've used RDP in the past and this works much better than the console. – fossfreedom Aug 17 '11 at 19:44
@fossfreedom Yes I did (it's called "VMWare Tools"). As for your other question, I am using the console and I would like to stick with it (it works perfectly on Ubuntu 8.04). I might try RDP in the future but I would like to solve the problem first for the console. – Android Eve Aug 17 '11 at 21:26
up vote 3 down vote accepted

The issue you have described is a known issue since Karmic and also occurs on Lucid.

The solution is to start vmware but also force VMWare to use the GTK mouse i.e.

export VMWARE_USE_SHIPPED_GTK=yes && vmware 

Alternatively, you can edit /etc/vmware/bootstrap to put the above exported environment variable before it invokes vmware.

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You are king! I appended export VMWARE_USE_SHIPPED_GTK=yes to /etc/vmware/bootstrap and everything works like a charm now. Thank you! – Android Eve Aug 25 '11 at 4:37

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