Symptom: Various keys not working in VMware Workstation, Player and probably other produtcs.
In my case the cursor keys (left, right, up, down) didn’t work. In fact pressing up or down in a Linux/GNOME session brought up the screenshot application.
Solution: Add the following line to VMware’s configuration (
xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true
or as a one-liner:
echo 'xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true' > ~/.vmware/config
that fixed it for me.