Switching terminals under VMWare Fusion

Alexander Sack pisymbol at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 22:01:23 UTC 2008

Thanks for the reply!  Unfortunately, hotkeys on Mac use the Apple button,
not ALT so I don't think this applies but I will try to investigate if there
is some conflict with ALT and Fusion itself.  I can't find anything in
Preferences that would lead me to believe that there is a conflict (I do
know that normally you have to hit fn+alt/option unless you use an advanced
tunable via your .vmx file).

Btw, I had this working at some point....hmmmm....I just thought of
something...gonna try something else.



On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 4:54 PM, John Nielsen <lists at jnielsen.net> wrote:

> On Wednesday 12 March 2008 04:37:44 pm Alexander Sack wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 4:29 PM, Alexander Sack <pisymbol at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > > Hello Everydoy:
> > > I apologize if this isn't exactly the right place but I'm out of
> > > options! I've posted on the Fusion community website up on vmware.com
> > > but am still lost.  I'm running 7.0-RELEASE under VMWare Fusion on a
> > > MBP/Leopard ( 10.5.1).  I've installed the vmware-tools port as well
> > > as the tools shipped with Fusion and made some edits to accommodate
> > > 7.0-RELEASE.  All is well minus the fact that either the ALT key or
> > > some other issue is preventing me from switching terminals (ALT-F1,
> > > F2, etc.).  Has anyone seen this problem before?  If you run
> > > Workstation or Fusion have you seen any issues with switching
> > > terminals?
> > >
> > > Any pointers would be much appreciated!
> > >
> > Btw, the reason why I say its the handling of the ALT key is that I
> > can't get into kdb (ALT-CTLR-ESC, etc.).  This is really frustrating!
> > -aps
> I just happened to read this from a Workstation VM so I played around with
> it a bit. The reason ctrl-alt keystrokes don't work is that they never
> get to the VM. VMware uses them for its own hotkey combos: ctrl-alt =
> release mouse/keyboard, ctrl-alt-enter = toggle full-screen,
> ctrl-alt-right = next running VM, etc. I went into the options for VMware
> (on the host, Windows in my case) and changed the hotkey to
> ctrl-alt-shift. It didn't take effect immediately, but once I paused my
> VM, closed VMware and started it back up again I was able to use ctrl-alt
> combos in my VM. That includes switching to a virtual terminal from X,
> switching workspaces in xfce (ctrl-alt-left and right), etc.
> JN

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