VPC 2004 - Keyboard Locks Up Frequently

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Patrick Gaul, Sep 17, 2004.

  1. Patrick Gaul

    Patrick Gaul Guest

    I've seen a few posts related to this, but nothing that will help.

    I've got a Windows Server 2003 VPC image running under VPC 2004, and
    frequently when I return to the server, my keyboard is locked - except for
    host key functions. The mouse works fine, and I can copy and paste from the
    host to the guest, but it seems that no combination of key strokes can get
    the VPC to accept any input from the keyboard. The only solution is to
    power off the server and reboot.

    I saw a post about tapping the CTRL key several times, but it doesn't work
    for me. Another mentioned changing the host key, which I've done as well,
    but with no luck.

    This is happening a lot to me, and it's a real pain. Any ideas?

    TIA.....................Pat
     
    Patrick Gaul, Sep 17, 2004
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  2. Patrick Gaul

    Steve Jain Guest

    Well, 2003 Server is an unsupported OS ;-)

    Besides the CTRL key, try tapping all the modifier keys, SHIFT, ALT,
    etc.

    Do you have any kind of keyboard drivers on the host that could be
    interfering?

    Can you send a ctrl+alt+del via the VPC menu?

    Is your performance for VPC set to maximum while in the background?
    If not, try that.

    Steve Jain, Microsoft MVP for Virtual PC for Windows
    Website: http://www.essjae.com
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    Steve Jain, Sep 17, 2004
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  3. Patrick Gaul

    Patrick Gaul Guest

    Thanks for the suggestions, Steve. Yup, I tried all of the modifier keys,
    send CTRL-ALT-DEL via the VPC menu, priority is the same in the background
    as in the foreground, and I'm just using the standard MS keyboard (US)
    driver.

    Seems like a bug to me. Any other suggestions out there?
     
    Patrick Gaul, Sep 17, 2004
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  4. Patrick Gaul

    Scott Baker Guest

    Does the same thing happen in a supported Guest OS?

    Scott
     
    Scott Baker, Sep 18, 2004
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  5. Patrick Gaul

    Patrick Gaul Guest

    Scott, I thought you were joking when you said that WS 2003 isn't supported.
    It certainly is. When created a new image, "Windows Server 2003" was one of
    the choices.

    I don't have another guest OS to test with.
     
    Patrick Gaul, Sep 19, 2004
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  6. Patrick Gaul

    Scott Baker Guest

    I'm not joking. It isn't supported:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/evaluation/sysreqs.mspx

    Those options you are referring to merely provide a default RAM and VHD
    size.

    The main point is, try a different OS, preferably one that Microsoft
    supports. If you still have an issue, you can contact PSS for
    assistance.

    Or try a completely different host system.

    Scott
     
    Scott Baker, Sep 19, 2004
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  7. Patrick Gaul

    Steve Jain Guest

    IMHO, if its a bug, then there should be more reports of this.

    Steve Jain, Microsoft MVP for Virtual PC for Windows
    Website: http://www.essjae.com
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    Steve Jain, Sep 19, 2004
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  8. Patrick Gaul

    Scott Baker Guest

    Exactly. Lots of people are running Server 2003 without this issue. The
    poster needs to try the next steps in troubleshooting, or contact PSS.
    Of course PSS won't help with the Guest OS they're using....

    Scott
     
    Scott Baker, Sep 19, 2004
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