Virtual PC 2007 Beta: Keyboard Problems (repeating keys)

About everybody who's using the beta of VPC 2007 is facing the same problem: Keys are being repeated again and again. When searching around on the internet, I found that this bug has been submitted and will be fixed in the RTM. Furthermore I found that there is a temporary solution. The workaround is to use the idle_thread. Now how do you set this setting?

- Use Explorer and go to the %root%\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Virtual PC folder.
- Right-click the Options.xml file, and then click Edit.
- Add the following code to the file.


<virtual_machines>
<enable_idle_thread type="boolean">true</enable_idle_thread>
</virtual_machines>

Note: The <virtual_machines> tags should be at the same level in the code as the <virtual_network> and <virtual_gateway> tags.

The CPU for the host system will indicate 100% usage. Another option is to use RightMark RMClock and activate the "Run HLT commands when OS is idle" option. See Jan Tielen's blog for more info regarding that.

2 comments:

MSCRM Freak said...

Hey Ronald, as of January 02 2007 the Release Candidate for Virtual PC 2007 is available. I am blogging about it in my next posting in a couple hours.

Ronald Lemmen said...

Thats good news! I do see it on the beta site now as well. I'm downloading it right now and will see if this bug has really been fixed.

Ronald