VMWare Workstation 6.5.5 (64-bit) on Ubuntu 10.04 (64-bit) Odd Problem

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Published on 2011-01-10T23:13:54Z Indexed on 2011/01/10 23:55 UTC
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I managed to successfully install VMWare Workstation 6.5.5 (64-bit) on Ubuntu 10.04 (64-bit). It works well and somehow feels faster and snappier than the same exact version on Ubuntu 8.04.

However, there is one slight issue, somewhat hurting productivity:

When the guest VM is Microsoft Windows (2K, XP), the mouse cursor turn from an arrow to a hand when it hovers over the Task Bar. When the mouse moves, this hand cursor blinks and the system doesn't respond to mouse clicks.

When I move the mouse cursor back to the desktop area, it functions normally.

That is, the problem exists only in the Task Bar area.

Obviously, this makes it very difficult (read: impossible) for me to use the Start Menu, SysTray and the rest of the Task Bar.

My workaround for now is to launch programs via their Desktop shortcuts or via the keyboard.

Note: The same exact VMWare Workstation 6.5.5 (64-bit) on Ubuntu 8.04 (64-bit) doesn't exhibit this problem.

Anyone seen this problem before? Do you know of a solution (or better workaround) to this problem?

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