Arrow keys not working inside VMware BIOS

You are having problems inside the VMware BIOS because you’re unable to navigate the BIOS menu due to messed up key mappings. ¬†For example, the arrow keys among other keys don’t work.

If you’re running VMware server on Ubuntu, you will want to stop the key mapping madness in X:

echo ‘xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true’ > ~/.vmware/config

or put this line into /etc/vmware/config for the change to affect all users.

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  • Tony Heskett

    This only worked for me in /etc/vmware/config (8.10 and 1.07), possibly because I'm sudo'd.

    But hey, GREAT, just what I wanted — thanks !

  • mescalinum

    I added the 'xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true' option to /etc/vmware/config (I have no ~/.vmware/config) but still the arrow keys don't work :-(

    could that be a problem of the evdev input driver?

  • http://jaredlog.com Jared Evans

    I'm not sure what to tell you. This solved the problem for me and others. This was tested on Ubuntu, not other Linux distros. You need to be root to edit and save /etc/vmware/config.

  • Ryan

    Make sure you didn't add also the single quote characters to /etc/vmware/config.

  • Ryan

    Make sure you didn't add also the single quote characters to /etc/vmware/config.