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How to Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 6.10 Print
Friday, 24 November 2006 17:56

UbuntuThis document provides basic instructions on installing the VMware Tools on an Ubuntu guest OS.

Host OS: Windows XP SP2
VMware Workstation: 5.5.3 build 34685
Guest OS: Ubuntu 6.10


How To:

uname -r

uname -r give your the kernel release. Replace the '2.6.17-26-generic' below with your kernel release you got above.

sudo apt-get install kernel-headers-2-6.17-26-generic

On the menu bar in VMWare go to VM / Install VMWare Tools. Nothing will happen, but now the cd-rom image is mounted. In the next step replace username with your username.

cp /media/cdrom0/VMwareTools-5.5.3-34685.tar.gz /home/username

cd /home/admin

sudo tar xzf VMwareTools-5.5.3-34685.tar.gz

cd vmware-tools-distrib/


Just press 'Enter' at each prompt to accept the defaults and you will have VMWare Tools installed and working with Debian 3.1.

Everything should now work except the mouse which still requires ctrl-alt to release. The VMware release notes didn't resolve the problem. To fix the trapped mouse issue:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/vmware-tools/configurator/XOrg/7.0/

Now edit the '/etc/X11/xorg.conf'. Look for 'Configured Mouse' and change Driver to "vmmouse". You should end up with something like:

Section "InputDevice" 	Identifier	"Configured Mouse" 
Driver "vmmouse"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Device             /dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol           "ps/2"
Option "ZAxisMapping"      "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"


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Thank you so much. I've been looking for the fix for the trapped mouse problem. God bless you.
Ram Sambamurthy , November 20, 2007
Had problems with the mouse.

Thanks for the info.. works perfectly.

Gracias otra vez
Louzbeck , December 12, 2007

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