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Windows 7: Mouse & Keyboard very slow in VirtualBox

07 Jul 2012   #1
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 
Mouse & Keyboard very slow in VirtualBox

I decided I would give Windows 8 a test run in a VM. This is my first attempt at VMs.
All is installed on the system in my System Specs.

So I installed Oracle VirtualBox v4.1.18, then installed the extensions, then installed Windows 8, then installed the Guest Additions.

The mouse and keyboard are captured and work both in and out of the VM. Mouse integration is ON in the VM.

But the mouse, while it moves around normally, takes a long time to select an item and it takes a long time after I click before there is a reaction. The long time can be 5 or 6 seconds.
The keyboard is even worse. It takes a good 7 or 8 seconds after pressing a key to see the character appear in the VM.

I gave the VM 2GB out of my 6GB RAM. I upped that to 3GB, but it did not make a difference. Virtualization (VT-x) is enabled in BIOS.

Opening the Task Manager in the host machine shows that the VM is running on 5 of 8 cores (5?), and there are spikes that reach 100% in a random pattern.
Ram is shown running at a flat line at 4.48GB. This line does not fluctuate.

So what can I do to correct this behavior? Am I doing something wrong? I haven't started really playing with W8 because this is so annoying.


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08 Jul 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Mmm. Odd that - is there some VMWare tools update happening in the background by any chance? Or, Windows 8 update?
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08 Jul 2012   #3
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
upping the RAM to 3GB won't buy you anything at all -- for a decent W8 X-64 Guest 1 GB is probably more than enough --even running photoshop on it.

First of all have you got the correct video drivers etc installed on your HOST machine. If that's OK then you should just install the VM with the default options -- don't specify any special hardware.

I don't use Virtual Box as I'm more than satisfied over the years with VMware workstation (the vmplayer is free if you want to try using VMware instead of vbox). I can't say I've had these issues on any sort of Virtual machine I've created.

Cheers
jimbo
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08 Jul 2012   #4
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Mmm. Odd that - is there some VMWare tools update happening in the background by any chance? Or, Windows 8 update?
No, nothing that I can see. And I turn automatic updates OFF during OS installation as a rule just for that reason!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
upping the RAM to 3GB won't buy you anything at all -- for a decent W8 X-64 Guest 1 GB is probably more than enough --even running photoshop on it.

First of all have you got the correct video drivers etc installed on your HOST machine. If that's OK then you should just install the VM with the default options -- don't specify any special hardware.

I don't use Virtual Box as I'm more than satisfied over the years with VMware workstation (the vmplayer is free if you want to try using VMware instead of vbox). I can't say I've had these issues on any sort of Virtual machine I've created.

Cheers
jimbo
Mmmm. I did not install any special hardware for the VM - did not know that was an option.
My nVidia driver is most(ly) current. Haven't checked in a couple of weeks.

Is there such a thing as a bad VM install? Would it be worth it to erase the file a try again?
Is it possible it is W8? Could that be a bad install, or a tantrum working inside a VM?

Thanks for looking guys!
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08 Jul 2012   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Nope, I don't think its a bad install of either VMBox or Windows 8. have you had a look at this:

VirtualBox - Install Windows 8
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08 Jul 2012   #6
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Yep. I actually printed that tutorial out () and used it step by step to do the installations!
As well as the Clean install tutorial from over at EightForums.
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08 Jul 2012   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Darn! Ermm. I'm at a loss....I'll see if I can frag Kari this way - he's the VBox guru I think. Standby.
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08 Jul 2012   #8
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Thanks Golden. There's got to be a solution somewhere. I usually find it between the keyboard and chair!
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09 Jul 2012   #9
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

VBox 4.1.18 Guest additions don't play very well in some installations. You may find you need to disable or roll back the WDDM video driver which seems to be the cause in my case. This may help. http://www.eightforums.com/virtualiz...ouble-2-a.html
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09 Jul 2012   #10
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Cool! I will give that a try tonight. Thanks Kado!
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