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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Repeated characters when typing in remote console


When typing into a remote console, you see unintended repeated keystrokes.


If you are using a wide-area or low-bandwidth connection, the time delay over the network may be long enough to cause the virtual machine to start auto-repeat.
To reduce these effects, increase the time threshold necessary for auto-repeat in the remote console.
  1. Power off the virtual machine.
  2. Add a line, similar to this, at the end of your virtual machine's configuration (.vmx) file:

    keyboard.typematicMinDelay = "2000000"
    The delay is specified in micro-seconds, so the line in the example above increases the repeat time to 2 seconds. This should ensure that you never get auto-repeat unless you intend it. 
  3. Power on the virtual machine.
To make the changes using the vSphere Client:
  • Power off the virtual machine
  • Right click virtual machine select Edit Settings
  • Click Options > General  > Configuration Parameters
  • Click Add Row
  • Under Name enter keyboard.typematicMinDelay  In the Value field  2000000
  • Click OK
  • Power on the virtual machine