To fix the recent bug with VMware Player 2.5.3 and Workstation 6.5.3 Build 185404 under Karmic Koala Ubuntu just paste this line in your console before launching vmplayer/vmware:


you may also modify the VMware starting script so you don’t have to export it every time.


Comment by Nenad Dragicevic on 2009-10-31 08:07:11 +0300

this is just what i needed
thanks mate

Comment by JC on 2009-11-29 18:46:34 +0300

Did the trick with mine… using vmware player in ubuntu and a windows xp guest, windows kept losing focus, mouse problems, swiching between “grab input” and “release input” ever half second, total mess, it seems to be working fine now.

Huge thanks!!!!!

Juan Carlos

Comment by Eric on 2009-12-24 17:20:51 +0300

Thanks. This worked. I added the line to my .bashrc file so I shouldn’t have to keep typing it in.

Comment by Marco on 2009-12-25 12:44:15 +0300

GREAT, now VMWare working fine. THANK YOU

Comment by Sotir Rangelov on 2010-01-14 13:50:32 +0300

I am using ubuntu 9.10 and have vmware server 2.0.
This problem appears not only when I work on the station from my localhost, but also on a station from another server (ubuntu 8.04 with vmware server 2.0).

Can you advise me where should I include this code to solve the problem?

Eric said that he put it into the .bashrc file. i put the code to /home/user/.bashrc but there is no change.

thank you in advance

Comment by Peter on 2010-01-15 01:21:08 +0300

@Sotir – Why don’t you update the server (it is already fixed in the latest player/workstation so it should be in server too). I think you are accessing your vm through vnc ? If so there should not be problem when using from another server.


Comment by Andrew Cutler on 2010-03-06 07:36:30 +0300

Thanks Peter.

This saved me some hassles when using Ubuntu 9.04 Kernel with Ubuntu 9.10 GTK.

FYI, for others: I just put “export VMWARE_USE_SHIPPED_GTK=yes” in /usr/bin/vmplayer.


Comment by Someone very happy on 2010-03-14 19:30:38 +0300

Thank you very much … this made my day! VMPlayer 2.5.3 on Gentoo

Comment by Philip on 2010-03-17 22:00:20 +0300

I found another way to fix this problem. Use “CTRL+G” and you should be fine.

Comment by Sharron Clemons on 2010-12-21 23:20:45 +0300

this is just what i needed thanks mate nenad

Comment by syque on 2011-01-27 08:09:05 +0300

It is also enable for vmware-vmrc that includes in Firefox “plugins” directory. I got it! many thanks

Comment by holocaust on 2011-02-21 22:58:46 +0300

where i put it on vmware player that i use? explain me please exaxtly where to go and what to do… when i use some games or something my mouse move too fast cant use it :/