VMWare Fusion + New Apple KeyBoard's Number Pad

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  1. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    The number pad on the new Apple Keyboard (Aluminum) doesn't work in VMWare Fusion w/ Win XP. Is there a driver somewhere I can d/l to get it to work? It's driving me nuts in Quicken.
  2. PhatBoyG macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2007
    Tulsa, OK

    Mine works fine, make sure you press Clear (NumLock in Windows) to turn on the numeric keys. I use the new Al keyboard with my MacBook Pro and the keypad works without any issues. If you have an MBP, you'll get a nice green glow from your 7/F7 key (can't recall which).
  3. ecsk2 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2007
    I have Mac Pro (not MacBook) and I am having these issues:


    Well I have the EXACT same issue as the second to last poster, mouse and tab works fine but the rest will just stop randomly!
  4. dewaz macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2008
    I had the same problem, and found the answer on another forum. What you do is bring up the onscreen keyboard in Windows Vista, and turn on num lock.

    - Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->Ease of Access-->On-Screen Keyboard.
    - In the on-screen keyboard, click "nlk" in the number pad area.
  5. tnsmart macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2008
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Mine works in ubuntu, I have to hit the "clear" button as that's the num lock but overall it works in both windows and ubuntu in fusion.
  7. tnsmart macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2008
    Thanks! I didn't know that clear was the num lock button.
  8. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    That's not a strange thing. The guest OS's don't have the keyboard layout for the Apple keyboard. You don't quite notice it with the USA layout but you do notice it very easily when you have a Dutch layout or something else. It will use the standard USA normal pc layout for the keyboard. This means that keys like clear are mapped to something like numlock because that's what is on that exact same position on a normal pc keyboard. This way you also have things like scroll lock, printscreen, etc.

    If you are running the newest VMware Fusion (2.0.5 or the private beta) you can set some keyboard settings in the Fusion preferences (not the vm settings!). Have you tried this? I have this set to use the OS X keys and since I'm using the keyboard without the numpad I had to define the scroll lock key (I've set that to cmd-F12 btw). Same thing can be done for the mouse (which I disabled since that will do weird things when trying to select multiple items in Linux, Windows, etc.).
  9. cabster22 macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    Thanks dewaz, by clicking the num lock in onscreen keyboard it now allows me to use my key pad in windows 7. Cheers a good to the point post!
  10. sailmac macrumors 6502


    Jan 15, 2008
    Thanks a million!!

    Exactly what I needed to know !! :D

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