VMware is essentially a hardware emulator, so if the guest OS is
idling the CPU it should only be idling the virtual CPU, not the
Having said that, VMware emulates a lot of hardware by making
use of facilities that Linux provides. It emulates a super-VGA
card by making use of X, for example. Do you suppose that
VMware emulates CPU slowing by slowing the real CPU? I hope not.
Since VMware is closed source software we needn't worry our
heads too much about this problem. VMware users have a
workaround: set idle_threshold to 100.
Can we get more info about the keyboard repeat rate slowing?
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