If your virtual machines consistently hang or your keyboard and mouse behaves irratically, you can try one or more of the following remedies:
Megan Davis over at Microsoft Weblogs has a post that details some troubleshooting tips if your virutal machines consistently hang or your keyboard and mouse behave irratically. I havent had problems like that, and havent had any real problems with...
well, thanks - but what if none of this helps? (if i type a backslash, the vm will no longer accept any keyboard input. i have to do a click into a window of the host os - this will make keyboard support come back... which is quite annoying to say the least.)
Thomas, I'm taking a long weekend for the Thanksgiving holiday, but when I get back, I'll check with the product team about your backslash issue.
I'm trying to determine if it is possible for the VMs on a server to dynamically share the RAM as opposed to having fixed RAM allocations. What I'm looking for is a similar weighting/min/max setting to the CPU configuration. Seems like this is not possible but just trying to confirm...
Chad, unfortunately there is no setting that allows you to dynamically share RAM among virtual machines. It's an interesting idea, though. What would be the benefit to you of having this capability?
Thomas, I just met with the Virtual PC product team and found out the answer to your problem. Apparently when using Virtual PC 2004 on some European keyboards, when you type Alt-G-R to create a backslash, the keyboard locks up. To fix the problem, you
need to install Virtual PC 2004 SP1. You can download it from:
I am having problems with VPC when installing XP SP2, random errors occur during the installation procedure.
Trying to upgrade to SP2 the extraction process would usually fail saying that a file was corrupt. Just copying the file accross would sometimes leave it in a corrupt state.
Attempting to install SP2 from scratch (slipstreamed my install CD specially) it has blue screened, claimed that many drivers weren't certified and crashed after rebooting, never to work again; in each of three attempts.
The host PC seems perfectly stable in comparison and has had diagnostic tools run to verify the hardware recently. It is a little under spec., being a 2x350MHz PII with 512MB, but reasonably useable in VPC when no errors occur.
Anyone seen anything similar or got any ideas? I have still got to try something like Knoppix (Linux) or win 2k or 2k3 to see if this is a general issue, but doubt I will see any improvement.
T.Therapist, have you installed Virtual PC 2004 SP1?
It should help. Please let us know.