Ticket #9026 (new defect)

Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

Keyboard problem on guest systems in w7 host

Reported by: davidsmith Owned by:
Priority: critical Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 4.0.8 Keywords: keyboard
Cc: Guest type: Linux
Host type: Windows


I'm running VirtualBox 4.0.8 on 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium with the latest updates.

After upgrading to 4.0.8: in both WinXP and Ubuntu 10.10 guests, which have worked for months, I find that characters typed on the keyboard produce random or sequential numbers. Holding the key down continually produces different numbers.

Holding down the "Windows key" while typing produces normal, correct results.

I attempted to go back to previous VirtualBox versions by downloading and installing old releases. Going back as far as did not fix the problem. I suspect that this is because I haven't removed the defective software component and it is still being used by the older version I've installed.

I notice that there are other reports of this problem this week in the forum for Windows-hosted VirtualBox users, but no solutions.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by davidsmith

The problem reported here disappeared after I disabled a Comcast-supplied application called gidd.exe, part of the "Constant Guard" security package they provided.

I found the pointer to the solution on the VirtualBox forum. For Windows 7: Click Run, enter "msconfig" without the quotes, go to the Startup tab, uncheck gidd.exe, and reboot.

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