Fix Mouse Grabbing/Ungrabbing for a Debian VMWare Image

One of the more fully configured VMWare images for Debian on the VMWare Appliance Marketplace is the image provided by Visoracle.

While it does work almost flawlessly out of the box, there is one small problem – the Guest OS doesn’t support Mouse grabbing/ungrabbing by default.

To fix this, add the following line to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf , in the “Section “InputDevice”” for the Identifier “VMware Mouse”:1

Then hit CTRL+ATL+BACKSPACE to restart X-Windows. Now enjoy the awesomeness of seamless of mouse grabbing/ungrabbing.


  1. Credit where credit is due, this fix is courtesy of the VMWare Community Forums