Host: Mac OS X 10.5.4
Guest: Ubuntu 8.04 i1 w Guest additions
I'm using VB to run some linux-only apps on a MacBook. There are two important issues with the guest machine and both of them are keyboard/mouse related.
- Scrolling with the scroll wheel won't work as expected. If I scroll down just a little, everything's OK. But if I try to scroll continuously (give the mouse wheel several turns), the scrolling process stops very soon. I have to wait several seconds and only then scroll again.
- What is even worse, I need to run a touchtyping tutor in the guest machine. It usually displays keyboard layout on screen, i.e. draws an image with all the keys. This function doesn't work now, so, as I guess, the app cannot identify my keyboard model. I've tried to go to Preferences --> Keyboard --> Layouts --> Keyboard model in Ubuntu. When I chose "Macbook/Macbook Pro", it changed nothing. On the contrary, I started receiving the "Error activating XKB configuration"
As I understand, one way is to somehow connect the Guest with my peripherals directly. But when I open the USB menu the corresponding items are always grayed out ("Apple Computer Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad " and "Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse v2.0 "). I tried to connect two external mice to the host, but both of them were grayed out as well. Is there a way to activate those entries? Is there any other method to improve mouse/keyboard support besides from connecting USB devices to the guest directly?
Any piece of advice or observation will be very much appreciated.