Ticket #1817 (closed defect: fixed)

Opened 10 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

At least one key not working => fixed in the upcoming version

Reported by: csc2ya Owned by:
Priority: major Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 1.5.6 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: Linux


Running VB 1.5.6_OSE as downloaded from the available repositories in ubuntu Hardy Heron.

Have installed a windows 2000 server guest.

The three key on the top row of my keyboard seems to be ignored by the guest operating system. Using the key on the number pad of my keyboard does work however.

Have also tried with a Windows Vista guest, and the same problem is present in that.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by csc2ya

My apologies. I selected the wrong version in the dropdown list. If someone could correct it, that would be appreciated.

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by michael

Are you using a German keyboard layout which produces a paragraph sign (¶) instead of a section sign (§) when you do shift-"3"? If so this will be fixed in the next version and you can work around it for now by changing to a different host layout (e.g. one with a section sign).

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by frank

  • Host type changed from other to Linux
  • Version changed from VirtualBox 1.6.2 to VirtualBox 1.5.6

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by michael

Note that it may be a while before Ubuntu provides the next version. It will be available as a binary Ubuntu package from as soon as it is released of course.

comment:5 Changed 10 years ago by csc2ya

No, i'm using a UK keyboard layout, although having tested it, I'm unable to type a pound sign using shift 3 on the host machine either, so it may be something to do with my settings in ubuntu.

comment:6 Changed 10 years ago by michael

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Summary changed from At least one key not working to At least one key not working => fixed in the upcoming version

If that key does not work properly in the host then it will not work in the guest either, as the way we currently determine which key is which is by looking at the symbols it produces with and without shift held down. (Unfortunately I don't know of any good way to work out which physical key produces which X11 keycode). The next version will contain a back up algorithm which should work correctly in your case. You can also fix this issue with your current version if you can fix your host layout.

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