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    Default Some keys do not work inside vmware player guests.

    Hi,

    I have a little problem in vmware player guests. I had it for ages,
    several versions of host, guest, and player.

    I use the Spanish keyboard in openSUSE 12.3. This keyboard redefines the
    right hand Alt key as "AltGr", which works by giving a third character
    on some keys. This is the standard method in both Linux and Windows for
    Spanish and several other keyboards. I need it for keys so important as
    '\', '|', '@', '#',... etc.

    The problem is that inside any vmware player guest those keys do not work.

    Am I the only one? Is it a configuration issue somewhere? A bug?


    What I do when I need those keys is pasting them from a text file, which
    is an awkward method.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)

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    Default Re: Some keys do not work inside vmware player guests.

    Typically all virtualization technologies have a "send keys" menu.
    Is different in all products, but usually is implemented as an easy to find button that drops down the various keystroke combinations so you don't have to execute with real keystrokes.

    TSU

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    Default Re: Some keys do not work inside vmware player guests.

    On 2013-12-12 20:46, tsu2 wrote:
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    > Typically all virtualization technologies have a "send keys" menu.
    > Is different in all products, but usually is implemented as an easy to
    > find button that drops down the various keystroke combinations so you
    > don't have to execute with real keystrokes.


    Player only has menu entry to send ctrl-alt-supr. :-(

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    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)

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    Default Re: Some keys do not work inside vmware player guests.

    Then I recommend SSH into the Guest.
    Although I am not able to test it because I don't have your environment, I can't see any reason why it shouldn't work... Your existing problem is likely a shortcoming of the Player GUI technology which should be by-passed.

    TSU

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    Default Re: Some keys do not work inside vmware player guests.

    On 2013-12-18 18:56, tsu2 wrote:
    >
    > Then I recommend SSH into the Guest.
    > Although I am not able to test it because I don't have your environment,
    > I can't see any reason why it shouldn't work... Your existing problem is
    > likely a shortcoming of the Player GUI technology which should be
    > by-passed.


    Yes, that's what I do normally.

    But if it is a shortcoming of vmplayer, I'm surprised that none has
    found it earlier.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)

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