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(Fedora: Lesson 21)

{ Fixing VMWare Player Erratic Mouse Grab or Un-Grab }


Section 0. Background Information
  1. What is the scenario? 
    • With newer versions of VMware Player and older versions of operating systems, the mouse behaves erratically.
    • Although I can make an educated guess, I am not going to pretend to explain the linkage between the mouse dlls and VMware player library to tell you why this erratic behavior occurs. 
    • However, I can definitely show you how to fix it. 

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Section 1: Obtain Virtual Machine Working Directory
  • Note: Make sure all your VMware Player Instances are either OFF -or- SUSPENDED.
  1. Start VMware Player
    • Instructions
      1. For Windows 7
        1. Click Start Button
        2. Search for "vmware player"
        3. Click VMware Player
      2. For Windows XP
        • Starts --> Programs --> VMware Player

     

  2. Edit Fedora14 Virtual Machine Settings
    • Instructions:
      1. Highlight Fedora14
      2. Click Edit virtual machine settings

     

  3. Copy Virtual Machine Working Directory
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Options Tab
      2. Click on General
      3. Highlight and Right Click on the Working Directory
        • In my case, I highlighted G:\VMs\fedora14
      4. Select Copy

     

  4. Close Virtual Machine Settings
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the OK Button

 

Section 2: Modify VMware Virtual Machine Configuration File (.vxm)
  1. Open Notepad
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Windows Start Button
      2. Search for Notepad
      3. Click on Notepad

     

  2. Open a File
    • Instructions:
      1. File --> Open

     

  3. Open VMware Virtual Machine Configuration (.vmx)
    • Instructions:
      1. Paste or Navigate to your VM Location
        • In my case, G:\VMs\fedora14
        • See Section 1 Step 3
      2. Make sure All Files (*.*) is selected
      3. Click on your VMware virtual machine configuration File
        • In my case, fedora14.vmx
        • If your file extension is not turned on, then select the file by Type (VMware virtual machine configuration)
      4. Click the Open button

     

  4. Add Mouse Configuration Lines
    • Instructions:
      1. Add the follow two lines immediately after the first line
        • vmmouse.present = "FALSE"
        • mouse.vusb.enable = "FALSE"

     

  5. Save File
    • Instructions:
      1. File --> Save

 

Section 3: Modify VMware preferences.ini
  1. Open Notepad
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Windows Start Button
      2. Search for Notepad
      3. Click on Notepad

     

  2. Open a File
    • Instructions:
      1. File --> Open

     

  3. Open the VMware preferences.ini file
    • Instructions:
      1. Navigate to C:\users\[User]\AppData\Roaming\VMWARE\preferences
        • In my case, C:\Users\student\AppData\Roaming\VMware
      2. Make sure All Files (*.*) is selected
      3. Click on preferences.ini
      4. Click the Open button

     

  4. Add Motion Grab Configuration Lines
    • Instructions:
      1. Add the follow two lines immediately after the first line
        • pref.motionGrab = "FALSE"
        • pref.motionUngrab = "FALSE"

     

  5. Save File (preferences.ini)
    • Instructions:
      1. File --> Save


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