Category Archives: Note to self

VmWare Fusion 6 cursor not visible in Windows 8.1

I had this very annoying problem with VmWare Fusion 6. Running Windows 8.1 as a guest, the cursor was not visible. When I drag the mac cursor towards the Windows 8.1 window, it disappeared. If I pressed ctrl + cmd I found the location, but could not click on any icons within Windows 8.

This seams to be a problem for us VmWare customer since at least version 5. After reading forums I found this link and I did the following:

  1. Repaired the VmWare tools
  2. In the .VMX file added the following row: mks.noHostCursor = “TRUE”
  3. Upgraded to VMWare Fusion 6.0.5
  4. Put VmWare Fusion -> Preferences -> General -> Gaming set to “Never optimize mouse for gaming”.

Now it works from time to time. If i’m not interacting with the Windows environment for sometime the cursor is not visible anymore. Then I have to shut down the Windows VM and kill VmWare Fusion and start over.

I’m running Mac OS X 10.9.5 on a MacBook Pro 15″ i7 early 2011 and VmWare Fusion Version 6.0.5 (2209127).


Ubuntu 13.10 Wifi OK, Can’t connect to internet

After I installed Ubuntu 13.10 on my old Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile laptop I could connect to my Wifi router but not connect to the internet.

The solution was hard to find but easy to fix.

1. Open up System settings and go to Network.

2. Go to wireless and select your Wifi network.

3. Select settings and go to the IPv6 Settings tab and disable IPv6(Method: ignore).

IPv6 settings in Ubuntu 13.10

This works for me. IPv6 is the future but not for this vintage laptop!


Windows 8 activation error: Code 0x8007232b

After the installation of Windows 8 there was an error when I tried to activate:

“Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b
DNS Name does not exist

The support pages from Microsoft pointed to the following solution:

Use MAK(Multiple Activation Key) instead of KMS activation.

Run command prompt as an adminstrator and enter the following command where xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx represents your MAK product key.:

slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx


Install Linux Mint from USB

The days are long gone when I have to waste a DVD to install Linux on a machine.

Step by step:

1. Download Linux Mint. I use Bit Torrent client Transmisson.

2. Install the Imagewriter with apt install usb-imagewriter.

3. Start Imagewriter. Select source .iso and destination(your USB stick). Begin the transfer and installation files from the ISO file will be transfered to the USB stick. All files on the USB stick will be erased.

4. Boot the computer from USB stick and install Linux Mint.

Linux Mint
Linux Mint