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Repeated characters when typing in remote console (196)

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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

Additional Information

  • To locate the VMX configuration file for your virtual machine on a Desktop product, see Locating a hosted virtual machine's files (1003880).
  • To locate the VMX configuration file for your virtual machine on VMware ESX, run the command vmware-cmd -l from the service console or the vSphere CLI with root permissions.
For translated versions of this article, see:

Update History

11/15/2011 - Added ESXi 5.0 to products. Also Added steps for using vSphere Client to add values. 11/18/2013 - Added ESXi 5.1 and 5.5 to products. 09/06/2016 - Added ESXi 6.0 to products.

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