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I'm hoping this has come up somewhere already and someone knows if there's a cause/fix...

Just reinstalled SF2 after not having it installed or playing for several years.  I had my installation folder and mod folders backed up on a hard drive and simply drag and dropped them back into place.  Occasionally during flight the keyboard will stop responding altogether.  I can't pause, I can't change views, I can't alt-D to change HUD, and hitting ESC does not exit the mission.  Sometimes if I mash keys furiously, I get keyboard input back, but sometimes I then lose them again.  Most of the time this has happened, I have to alt-TAB and close the SF2 window from there.  Upon restarting the game, everything works fine.  This seems to happen maybe once every 5-8 flights.

Anyone else experienced this?

I'm running on Win10.

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That's a new one to me, if you had the game freeze with the sound "hanging", sure, but if the game keeps on running, never saw that one yet, are you sure it happens only with SF2, or may it be a weird coincidence ?

Could it be linked to remanent keys and other weird windows shortcuts ? Sometimes with Windows 10 when you keep some keys, or combination of keys pressed for a certain time or pressed in quick succession, it will pop up a menu asking you if you where intending to do some specific actions, sometime this pop up will remain in the background but be in focus, robbing the input from the foreground window (usually a fullscreen game) until either the timer expires, you somehow click blindly to dismiss it, or you press the right key to dismiss it. I've never had it happen with SF2 though but it's been a pain in my neck with some other games.

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I'm not 100% sure but I feel like maybe it's happened when I've tried to pause (ALT+P).

I wonder if I'm hitting Windows key by accident...

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I'm running Win10 and only had a fixable joystick issue recently. Other than that I've been experiencing no problems with the keyboard.

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have you tried unplugging the keyboard, and letting the OS "find" it again, and reload it's drivers?

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16 hours ago, Wrench said:

have you tried unplugging the keyboard, and letting the OS "find" it again, and reload it's drivers?

It's a laptop, so no unplugging possible.  Since it only happens with SF2, I'm guessing it's not a driving or device related issue.

I'll experiment with the Windows key theory later when I get a chance.

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Dear SF2 Community, Having the same issues with the Keyboard not responding in SF2 lately after a clean install of all the complete SF2 Packs and add ons on my SSD's it used to work in the past but had to reinstall Windows 10, 64-Bit, and ever since it's not working anymore. Unplugged the Keyboard and then plugged in again the same problems still exist. I can type without any problems here as one can see with the very same Keyboard. I really have no clue at least right now what's causing this problem. Uninstalled all the SF2 packs and add ons restarted, then reinstall all the SF2 pack's nothing seems to work.:help:

Any help would be really appreciated...:airplane:


 

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I never encountered such thing. I suspect the power of your rig is the culprit. What graphics board do you have ? Do you have a dedicated videocard on it or it's a rig that just emulate the video card, "stealing" RAM from the motherboard ? If it's the latter , you can forget it playing the game on the highest graphics settings. (Video RAM is ten times faster than the RAM modules power, so a dedicated videocard makes a big difference) What CPU do you have ? How much RAM do you got ? Is it a laptop with 5400 rot/min or a 7500 rot/min by chance ? (A laptop has low speeds for its HDD generally to avoid heat excess into such a small/crammed space.)This things count if you have high quality textures on terrain, plane sky etc. SF2 environment has lots of 3D objects, CPU, RAM and the videocard are esential. Press, in the game, ALT+D and tell us what are the minimum FPS you get. It will give us an idea of what is happening there.

 

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My PC setup consists of the following hardware. I run a self-made PC TOWER with an i7-8700 CPU @ 3.70GHz and NVIDIA GeForce RXT2080 Graphics Card, 2  Samsung NVMe M.2 SSD's, and 64 GB of Corsair DDR RAM my Motherboard is an ASUS TUF Z370-PRO GAMING and  IPS-Gaming-Monitor 27 Alienware AW2721D 240-Hz NVIDIA® G-Sync®-compatible. Never had any type of problems with that configuration.

Thanks, UllyB for getting back to me. It's very much appreciated.:clapping: Finally, i was able to locate the root of the problem and solved it. Mistakenly unknowing wise i copied first the Mod Folder into the Saved Game directory folder on the C:\ Drive and after that, i  installed the Main SF2 Game Packs. That was causing the Keyboard commands finally not to work anymore in the game it created a kind of conflict.

Here's the Solution: I uninstalled everything related to SF2 including DLC's, Expansion Packs restarted Windows 10, and installed the Main SF2 Game Packs and DLC's, Expansion Packs first, and then finally in the end the SF2 Mods so after that the keyboard commands worked perfectly again. Since i am running Eagle Dynamics DCS, IL-2 Sturmovik Great Battles, and MS Flight Simulator 2020 without any problems i was really getting curious why the SF2 keyboard commands are not working but now it works perfectly:ok:

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Your rig is high end, so we eliminated the problem here. I am glad that you finally got to the bottom of it. Nice going!

When you got a problem, you can count on our help. Even a simple opinion or speculation can spark an idea of how to solve a problem. Don't be a stranger!

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When i was trying to run SF2 on a Win 10 laptop, i had a similar issue few years back. 

If you are using a laptop or an integrated graphics card, you should designate the higher-end GPU to run this game, and go to the "Options" menu to check your graphics settings. 

If it still persist, check your VRAM memory and visual quality settings and if you can confirm that it is not a performance related issue, you might want to check your keyboard's wires.

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