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VMWare Problems

Postby dakochan on Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:43 pm

Hi,

I'm using VMWare Player in my Linux Mint 4.0 on my notebook. I install Windows XP Profesional in the VMWare. But I encounter some problems.

  • Usually after I finish using Windows XP, I just suspend the system by close VMWare program. The problem happenned when I tried to load the Windows XP again. It takes so long to start. But, if close Windows XP by shutting down the system, and load again on the other time, the Windows XP loads quite fast (normal).
  • I always have a problem with my usb drive in VMWare. If the Windows XP is a fresh from start (not from suspend), the VMWare can detect my usb drive once I plug into my notebook. But, after I remove it, and plug it again, the VMWare seems don't want to detect my usb drive.

These 2 problems are the most annoying problems in VMWare. Before using Linux Mint 4.0, I used PCLinux OS 2007, and I used VMWare as well. But I've never encountered these problem with PCLinuxOS.

Is there anyone ever encounter these problems before and how to solve them ?
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Re: VMWare Problems

Postby cmost on Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:53 pm

Unfortunately, slow resume of VMware virtual machines is a fact of life on Ubuntu based Linux distributions since Feisty. I find that if I use the guest operating systems hibernation feature, rather than VMware's pause feature, resume is much faster. In your case, set XP guest to hibernate, then power off the virtual machine instead of pausing it.

As for your other issue, the problem has to do with the fact that both the host OS (Mint) and guest OS (XP) are both vying for control of the USB device. VMware player only reads from certain USB ports at a time, while failing to recognize others. To compound the problem, the USB port VMware checks could change each time. I'm not sure if this is a bug with VMware or a "feature". In any case, you can workaround the issue by trying your various usb ports until you find one that recognizes the device, at which point you should click on the icon in the VMware toolbar that enables the device. Your XP virtual machine should then immediately "auto-detect" the device. Good luck!
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Re: VMWare Problems

Postby dakochan on Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:06 am

Hi cmost,

Thank you for your suggestion to use hibernate. It's quite fast, eventhough not as fast if I boot up, but at least faster than restore from suspend in VMWare.
Regarding the usb drive, I'm still testing it, because sometimes work and sometimes not.
It's very disappointing that Ubuntu-based OS have this kind of problems, because I like Ubuntu and LinuxMint.

Thanks,
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