Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shift, CTRL, ALT key (and caps lock) stop working when using VMware

From bug #195982:

VMware Workstation's keyboard mapping is imperfect, sometimes resulting in certain keys stopping functionality when running under VMware Workstation, requiring the user to setup their configuration settings manually in VMware Workstation. For a detailed explanation see the following article:

http://www.vmware.com/support/ws55/doc/ws_devices_keymap_linux_longer.html

WORKAROUND:
After this happens to recover your keyboard execute 'setxkbmap' in a terminal

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Setting the Backlight Dim Timeout in Jaunty

From a bug posting:

I've been fighting this with Hardy and the references here made me dig a bit more and found this:

$ gconftool-2 -Tg /apps/gnome-power-manager/backlight/idle_dim_time 30 int

This basically tells GPM that "idle" means 30 seconds. So, I did this:

$ gconftool-2 -s /apps/gnome-power-manager/backlight/idle_dim_time 120 -t int

If my calculations are correct, that should increase the delay before the screen dims down to 2 minutes.

As for what "activity" means, I have found that moving the mouse and typing equally triggers GPM to bring up full brightness.

I think a long term solution to this issue is to put a slider into Power Management Preferences screen to allow this to be customized without tinkering with gconf. I always saw people's iBooks dimming down to save power and I'm glad it is now supported here -- just needs to be fleshed out a bit more.

Couldn't agree more with the RFE in the last para.