There was no Esc, well it was there but didn’t work when pressed!
Perhaps after twelve+ years of typing and FSM knows how many AutoCAD command “Esc’s” it seemed my old faithful Microsoft Natural Keyboard was finally dead. I did the usual keyboard resuscitation (flip it over & bash the crud out) and even pulled the key off to see if the mechanism was stuck, but that didn’t help. Esc, Esc, Esc still meant no escape even though the other keys all worked fine.
And then, resurrection!
A reboot fixed it! I suspect flipping between virtual & real machines + running through a KMV box may have confused things in the keyboard department. After a reboot it came right & lives on in all it’s retro beige glory.
I like the split keyboard & have the same model home. That was purchased soon after Windows 95 came out if I recall correctly. It’s still going strong handling (based on recent ActiveWords stats) about 700,000 characters/year.
According to Wikipedia: “The Natural Ergonomic Keyboard claimed life of one million actuations for each QWERTY key” which means I have merely run mine in!