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Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 Series: Find a Missing Pointer

Cover_vmware_fusion_2 The Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 blog series is back! This week, we are going to talk about finding a missing mouse pointer. If you are new to the series, the ebook Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 by Joe Kissell, teaches you all the fundamentals of VMware Fusion 2, as well as tips and tricks to get the most out of running Windows on your Mac.

Here is this week's excerpt from Joe Kissell's new book Take Control of VMware Fusion 2:

Find a Missing Pointer

In a few of situations, you may find yourself without a pointer—you move the mouse but nothing shows up, either in Windows or in Mac OS X. Don’t panic. It’s likely one of three issues:

•    First, during part of the time that Windows is starting up, shutting down, suspending, or resuming, the VMware Tools drivers aren’t active, so Fusion can’t perform its usual trick of handing off the pointer between Mac and Windows. In most cases, if you wait a minute, it’ll come back. If it doesn’t—or if you can’t wait—press Command-Control to release the pointer from the virtual machine’s control and hand it to Mac OS X.

•    Second, in rare cases, your pointer may move just fine in Mac OS X, but when you move it over the virtual machine window, the Windows pointer doesn’t move (or doesn’t appear at all). If this happens, choose Virtual Machine > Grab Input, which jogs Fusion into attaching mouse input to the virtual machine.

•    Third, Fusion may lock your pointer to the virtual machine window to make a game work correctly. If this happens, you won’t see your Mac pointer even when you try to move outside the window. If this happens at an inappropriate time, see the section “General Preferences” for the gaming-related settings to change.

To learn more about the book Take Control of VMware Fusion 2, or buy it, click here.

VMware Fusion 2.0.5 Update Now Available

Fusion We are pleased to announce our latest maintenance release of VMware Fusion 2. VMware Fusion 2.0.5 is a free update for all VMware Fusion 1.x and VMware Fusion 2.x users. You can download the bits here.

VMware Fusion 2.0.5 fixes over 80 bugs and comes with the following enhancements:

Snow Leopard Host!

For you adventurous types who run Apple's latest Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard seed on your Mac, VMware Fusion 2.0.5 runs on your machines. Only 32-bit kernel is supported at this time. And because Snow Leopard is a pre-release operating system, VMware Fusion's Snow Leopard support is currently experimental.

Better Mac OS X Guest Support

We provided experimental support for Mac OS X 10.6 Server (Snow Leopard) as a guest operating system starting in VMware Fusion 2.0.3, and in 2.0.5, this support is extended to include the latest Snow Leopard seed (32-bit kernel only). We also worked with Apple to fix an issue with installing Snow Leopard guest on Macs with the powerful Intel Nehalem processors. Both Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 run well in virtual machines on Mac Pros and Xserves with Nehalem processors.

Ubuntu 9.04 "
Jaunty Jackalope" Support

Of course, we have not forgotten those of you Linux fans. VMware Fusion 2.0.5 supports Ubuntu 9.04 as a guest operating system out of box, with pre-built modules and Easy Install. You no longer have to apply tricks like this.

Lower Idle CPU Usage

The VMware Fusion team is committed to providing a very stable and highly performing virtualization environment on the Mac. In this maintenance release, we reduced CPU usage when a virtual machine is idle under VMware Fusion.

For all the details of what VMware Fusion 2.05 has to offer, read the release notes.

What about the ATI Graphics Issue on Mac OS X 10.5.7?

I posted a note last month warning you about the problematic ATI drivers in Mac OS X 10.5.7. Unfortunately, the issue still exists. But be assured that we are following up with Apple and ATI on a resolution and we will update the blog when we have any change in status.

New MacBook Pros Look To Be KILLER Demo Machines

The new MacBook Pro family. High performance now comes in 3 sizes: 13-, 15-, and 17-inch.

I am on the road this week for meetings, so I am just now catching up on the news from WWDC earlier today.

Apple announced a lot of good stuff today including the release dates for Mac OS X Snow Leopard (thanks, this is VERY helpful for us to know), iPhone 3.0 and as well as the brand new iPhone 3G S.

However, I am most excited about the new MacBook Pros.

I give a LOT of demos of VMware Fusion to our perspective customers and the press, where I will open up two to four VMs at once on my current 4 GB MacBook Pro to show off off the power of VMware Fusion.  However, two to four VMs at one time is NOTHING compared to the 20 virtual machines we run at once on a Mac Pro during our stress tests of VMware Fusion.

There are three great features available in all the new MacBook Pros that will make our demos even better.

More Memory Is Better

The ability to install up to 8 GB of memory will make it easy to run four to eight virtual machines at the same time without breaking sweat whether it is running the latest version of Ubuntu or Windows 7, the ability to show off more virtual machines all at the same time is great.

Even Faster Boot Times

The optional 256 GB SSD drive will make demos really damn fast. Even on a first generation MacBook Air with an SSD drive, Windows 7 is amazingly fast. So, it will be even faster on the new MacBook Pros with more available memory and the latest 256 GB SSD drive. I can’t wait to see how fast VMs boot off this new 256 GB SSD drive.

Graphics Showcase

While the nVidia 9400 GT or 9400/9600 GT graphics controllers were introduced a while ago, they really bring out the best in VMware Fusion’s first to the Mac market 3D and 1080p video playback support. Whether is showing off DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 2 3D graphics or 1080p video playback, you get to take advantage of the power of the nVidia graphics card in your MacBook Pro.

I am jazzed about the new MacBook Pros. Now, I just need to convince my boss to let me order a new MacBook Pro for our demo machine! 🙂