Thanks for the link, I will try that too, but it now seems more likely that the issue somehow resides in the lockpick itself.
However, to anyone with a suggestion, I can clarify the problem a bit more. When I remove lockpick and reattach factory harness, I can enable VR in the engineer menu.
But, as soon as I reattach lockpick, the setting changes to a disabled position and will not respond to touch comand. So , in effect, lockpick disables the mic and also kills the key.
The lockpick people say that cannot happen, as if I was making it up because I have some much fun with this mess.
Again, please post any ideas.
PS: as an aside, the harness connections are a tiny bit too large/fat, making connections almost impossible to snap together or pull apart.