As some of you may already know, there's an issue when installing ubuntu 10.4 on VMware. After installing, Ubuntu won't detect you're keyboard. When you try to use the on-screen keyboard, the window crashes. You can't do anything to login. I've tried searching for answer but didn't find anything, I tried a lot of stuff and and finally was able to come up with a workaround. The solution is simple, don't use the Easy Install option by VMware, just install the OS manually.

Here's a step by step tutorial (with screenshots to help newbies), just click on the images to enlarge...

First, create a new virtual machine (File->New->Virtual Machine or Ctrl+N).

Choose typical then click next.

You must select "I will install the operating system later" so Easy Install option will not bother you.

Select Linux just in case you don't know yet.

Enter the machine name and the path of the virtual HDD and preferences would be stored.

Enter the maximum HDD capacity for your virtual HDD. It can later be changed via "vmware-vdiskmanager -x option" ex. "vmware-vdiskmanager.exe -x 30Gb hdd.vmdk".

Customize the hardware if you want then click finish.

Click "Edit virtual machine settings"...

Select CD/DVD (IDE) on the left pane, then on the right pane, if you have the disc, select the physical drive or if you have the ISO file select "use ISO image file".

Now click ok then click "Power on this virtual machine". Wait for a while.

Click install Ubuntu...

Select where you live...

You should be able to type here... or select another keyboard if not...

Forward if you don't want to partition...

Account setup...

And finally, click install and find something else to do.

After installation, you should be able to type on the password unlike before...

And yehey! You're in!

Hope this helps. If you've read every single word and not just click Forward, Forward, Forward... boy, you must be really bored. hahaha.