Sunday, September 13, 2009

Vmware mouse grab problem and losing focus outside 640x480

I have been updating my system (OpenSUSE) and suddenly my Vmware virtual machines stoped working. I search the web but did not find a lot. The problem is that the virtual machine cannot get focus when clicking in it with the mouse. The only thing that help was Ctrl-G to grab the mouse but it would lose focus when moving the mouse outside the area of 640x480 pixels.

This apparently is a problem with Vmware and GTK. There is a fix as I have learned.

Use "export VMWARE_USE_SHIPPED_GTK=force" in a shell prior to starting vmplayer.

Details are here in the Vmware forums (but hard to find)

1 comment:

Ed said...

Thank you very much. This grabbing problem was beyond annoying.