I just hate it when this happens. If you read this with IE, the info is below the sidebar selections. With Netscape it is ok. Haven't found the proper combo yet. Well, I found it. The main page was a div of width 790, like all my others. I made this one an 850 and now it is ok in IE. I believe that it is something with the way PRE's are handled. I have had similar problems on othe pages but fixed them by handling the pre differently.... maybe I just needed to increase the main page on them.
    VMware 5 on SuSE Linux 9.2

  Special note: I am reorganizing/re-writing these pages. If you have found useful information here, or think that something could be expanded, please drop me an e-mail and tell me about it. It seems the most popular items are the latest SuSE's and VMware. I can't afford to purchase the new versions of VMware so I will always have the info on how to run version 3.2 on SuSE ... if it will. I will probably quit updating my versions of SuSE when my 3.2 VMware no longer works.

December 27th, 2004

    Just read my e-mail, which I should check more often, and I found an invitation to be a Beta tester for VMware 5. I like to test, I like VMware, I want to see the company continue, so, I downloaded the Beta Software... over 60MB.

    I started using VMware in September or October of 1999. A new aquaintance at my new place of employment introduced me to it. Prior to that I was just using the dual boot method. When I started using VMware it was 'free' to students and non-profit people. But like everything else they started charging money ... period. I paid and got updates until I lost my job. Then due to lack of funds and the newer high prices of VMware ... I could not afford to update. However, I had version 3.2 which I was able to use with the newer versions of SuSE linux. But alas, that came to an end ... almost ... as the newer versions increasingly changed. The answer came from CTU Libraries in Czechoslovakia which I found via a discussion site in a WebSearch. Their /ftp/pub area contained some unique and interesting updates for any version of VMware. With these patches I have been able to use VMware 3.2 all the way up to, and including, SuSE 9.2.

    Now then, I'm not sure why I was chosen to be a tester but as I said above, I am not going to turn down the offer cause I like to test out new stuff. The only 'problem' is that I can not keep my current version of VMware in execution with this newest version. Which means that I am going to have to make sure that everything is backed up so I can recover my old one when the new one quits working. Which also means that this paragraph will be the last ... for a while ... via Homesite. I will have to switch to BlueFish in Linux while I check out this VMware 5.0. At least till I get it into execution.

Installing VMware 5

    I have the neccessary files from my previous version saved and the installation process of version 5 is supposed to remove the old one anyway. Which will be our first test. Will it properly remove the old version??

Step What Done Results or Further Actions
1 Obtained the VMware file. Examined the contents and saw that it will replace vmware-distrib if I unload it in the same directry. Unless I change the name.
2 un-tared the VMware file. A new vmware-distrib was created. Looked basically the same.
3 Looked at install prog. Well, it is the same as before. In fact the Copyright date still says 1998.
4 Execute the install. Right off the bat it shut down my 3.2 and then removed it.
5 During Install does config. I had just previously executed a config on my 3.2 so the Linux kernel files should be in proper shape for the config here.
6 Minor changes Even though it looks like the same install program, something got changed somewhere. I got asked about the Compiler and the include files like normal for vmmon and it compiled and loaded perfectly. The next question was not about compiling vmnet but I was asked if I wanted to keep my old network settings. I said yes and it just compiled vmnet and then started vmware. I did not get the question about accessing the host files. Which is good since I don't want their version of smb loaded anyway.
7 VMware is running According to qps, the new vmware is running.
8 Creating a VM I use Win2k. I renamed the old win2kPro dir under vmware to win2kPro3.2. Now I will try to setup a new win2kPro with this version 5. I haven't touched my .vmware dir with my license and neither has the new install... yet.
9 From Home dir did a /usr/bin/vmware Now then, this new VMware is supposed to work with the new 2.6 kernel so I should not need the LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.4.21
10 First screen The first Workstation screen came up and it had a tips dialog that you can keep ... or not. I'll leave it enabled for now... but closed it.
11 The Main Screen We have three selections. Create a new VM, Create a Team or search for Virtual Machines and select one. I am choosing the create new VM.
12 Choice - Typical or Custom This try I am going to choose 'Typical'
13 Select a Guest Well, they have looked over my machine and found that I was using Win2k. That is the first choice they offer me.
14 Naming Here they get verbose. The dir used to be ~/vmware with ../win2kPro under it. Now it is a long '~/Windows 2000 Professional' ... with spaces. Hmmmmm... don't like it but we'll try it.
15 Networking Now we get to the meat of the setup. My main purpose of VMware is, and always has been, a means of using my favorite tools from Windows without having to dual-boot/re-boot. I have setup my systems and directory structures such that both 'machines' have access. This has required 'Bridged Networking' and 'Host-Only Networking' with 'NAT'. I am offered all three options on this screen or to not use a network connection at all. Nothing is said about accessing the Host files which would invoke their Samba and mess things up.
    Hmmmmm... radio buttons and I can only choose one! Not good.
16 Disk Size Here you can set your maximum disk size. It is supposed to start out small and grow as needed. I have often wondered about that. This could lead to some bad fragmentation. They do allow you to allocate all the space at this time, however. They even mention that this is a performance improvement. Yep. It would be. No fragmentation.
17 Finish This is the next choice after the disk settings. After clicking on Finish I get a screen that displays the status or character of my new machine. My HD is divided into 5 partions and I have two DVD drives, one is writeable. VMware only detected one DVD and called it a CD-ROM. Nothing was mentioned about my other partions. So far, nothing new. This is the way it has always worked in detecting my hardware. Just a fancier screen.
18 Clicked on 'Power on this virtual machine' Got presented with a little box that says Debuggin is enabled and it will probably make my machine run slower. Debugging can not be disabled in this build. Rats. I wanted to see if it was faster. Double rats... forgot to enter the serial number.
19 Serial Entered - Power on again Houston - we have a problem. It won't boot from my CD. Sent off a note to VMware team.
20 Embarrassing - Reply The problem was/is RAW reading in kernel 2.6, which I have... hmmmmm I had that when I was using 3.2?? At any rate, there is a legacy check box in the Hardware settings for the VMware CDs. I saw that before, thought about checking it... didn't and sent off the feedback. They replied ... check the box for legacy support! Oh well, least they know I am doing something.
21 Win2k - OS Install After the embarrassment, I put the Win2k CD in Drive one and Started the VM. It booted off the CD and we are doing the installation. During this install, I do not see a mouse cursor for Win2k. I can use Ctl/Alt and get my Linux cursor back. Hope this is not a mouse problem. Nope, it is not. The Win2k VM machine just re-booted and we have a mouse.
22 After Win2k re-boot Win2k goes through the device detection and setup ... just as it would on a new PC. These VMware Virtual Machines are fantastic. As I have mentioned in reports about previous VMware experiences, it is like have another machine in front of you. Every VMware box is just that ... another box. It has supposedly setup Networking and other things. It is now requesting another re-boot.
23 Win2k Bootup Well, it is not faster. In fact it looks a little slower. But they said cause of debug mode that operations would probably be slower.
24 First Win2k Screen Other than the usual bootup graphics, I was greeted with a Network setup wizard. I let it always assume it is me (cause it is) and I don't use a password. Hate that other dialog box to get into Windows. Especially since I am only using it as another application. Click on Finish.
25 Win2k Desktop Alllrighty Now. We have a Win2k Desktop with the usual icons. However, I got a small Window that is split vertically and has a new toolbar with some icons on it. A lot different from the 3.2 that I have been using. Course I am 2 versions behind.
XXX ** Note ** I had taken a break from this and serviced a customer. Plus I was waiting for the reply from the VMware team. Pretty fast if you ask me. The reply was there when I finally got back to my PC fun. But must go to my other job and finish playing later.
26 Startup This is a lot different. In version 3 I had to supply a configuration arg to the vmware command. This would state which virtual machine was being executed. Here in version 5 you just start up VMware and then pick the machine from a favorites list. Hmmmmm... that has IE flavoring if ever I heard it.
27 VMware Tools Allrighty now. The tools installation still requires the Guest OS to be in operation. So, we fire up VMware and Power on Win2k. I got that small split screen again. Selected VM from the top menu bar and then ... and then, well I couldn't remember so I clicked on VM again and 'Install VMware Tools' was not listed. I cancelled the installation and it still was not listed. Hmmmm... we'll shutdown VMware and look again... Guest off first. Ok. Killing the guest was all that was needed... maybe. After shuting down the Guest I saw 'Install VMware Tools' in the VM drop down again. It was grayed out but still listed. Started up the VM again and 'Install VMware Tools' was listed and selectable in the VM drop down. Note: Be patient. The install is slow in starting up... and there isn't any indication that something is happening. Not sure how much of this slowness is cause of the debug mode.
28 VMware Tools - cont. We get a choice of Typical, Complete and Custom. Naturally, I checked custom cause it said only Advanced Users should choose this one. I didn't see anything advanced about it and from the looks of things the Advanced settings are probably what I will get when I select typical. So, I am backing out and selecting typical. After clicking Install I saw all the items that were in the Advanced being installed. So, for my particular setup, Typical and Advanced are the same. Then naturally cause it is Windows you must re-boot.
29 VMware Tools - Re-boot The screen is still small but the mouse doesn't stay in the Win2k. I can just move it out of the Win2k box and it takes on the Linux cursor. However, going back to Win2k box is not automatic, which is the way I usually set it. I must click in the Win2k box to get it active.
30 Screen Settings To get a larger screen I do here in Version 5 the same as in the past. I right click on the Win2k desktop and select properties from the menu. In the properties dialog I select Settings. In that box I move the screen area to 1024x768. That has always worked for me in both my 17inch and 19inch monitors. Doesn't fill the whole screen so I can still access my Linux desktop.
31 Networking My concerns about the Network were needless. I couldn't select Host-Only or NAT along with Bridged. I was only allowed one. I had selected Bridged. This was the correct choice. I can access and modify the files on my Linux system that I have setup for this purpose. Samba, on my Linux system, had been setup previously for this and I did not have to make any changes to it. I can also access my Site on the Internet.
Sumary1 It works I was able to install Version 5 on a SuSE Linux 9.2 system and then create a Virtual Win2k machine. The Networking came right up and I didn't have to make any changes.
32 CD/DVD ZIP Ops Ok now, my system has two DVD drives and one is a writer. (One of the first available on the market, an HP dvd100i.) The other is a Pioneer DVD-116 DVD-ROM. In addition I have an IoMega 250MB zip drive. Only the DVD writer was detected and it was classified as a CD-ROM.
33 Adding DVD To add another CD or DVD you must power off the VM. Stands to reason, you normally have to do that with a physical box. We click on VM in the top toolbar and select Settings. You are presented with a list of the Hardware that it thinks is on your machine. There are Add and Remove buttons along the bottom of the list. Click on Add. A Hardware Wizzard appears which device selections. One of them is DVD/CD-ROM drive, which we will select. Click Next and we get a choice of a Physical Device or an ISO image. We want the physical device. Click Next and we get to choose which device to add. From the drop down list I chose /dev/cdrom. 'Connect at Power On' was already chcked so I let it be. Clicked on Finish and the DVD/CD-ROM appeared at the end of the device list. However, it had the wrong IDE setting. Hi-lighting the device brings up the settings for it and we can change the IDE via a drop down list. I chose IDE 1:1, which is what my second drive is.
Note CD/DVD Drives This can get confusing. If you start looking around your system you are going to see that your CD or DVD drives can be listed as more than one device. In my case, the first DVD drive is /dev/hdc which is also called cdrecorder via a link. The second DVD is /dev/hdd and it has two other names via links, cdrom and dvd. This is the way they were setup by SuSE during the install. Interestingly enough, the cdrecorder is not listed in the VMware drop downs for the physical devices. Only the cdrom, hdc and hdd.
34 Test CD/DVD Need to check these out after playing with the install. Added, removed and cancled. So now I'll see if both can read a CD and a DVD. Well, this is interesting. Nothing will respond except the mouse. However, that is just the cursor showing and moving. If I click on anything ... nothing happens. I can not exit cleanly. Clicked on Reset and the VM did a re-boot. Well, it came back up and crashed. Sending report to VMware Team. Interesting, Oooopss these guys must have a timeout on the Crashes. It has come back to the Workstation screen while I am typing this. It says the State is powered off. How-some-ever, Power On is NOT a choice. I was able to finally select Quit from the File menu and exit VMware.
35 After Crash I fired up VMware again. Looks ok except the Workstation window is larger. In fact it is the same size as my Win2k window at my 1024x768 settings. The VMware work window is normally smaller. I do have a Power on selection again. Interesting... after clicking on Power on the window immedialtely went back to the small size it should have been. Got the 'It appears that other virtual machines are running.' message. It also stated that some devices may not be available. There was not a message saying that it was going to stop the other machine... like was in version 3.2. I decided to Cancel and it went back to the Workstation menu. The window stayed small. The directory contained:
ctaylor@dusty-tr:~> lsd Windows\ 2000\ Professional/
564d03fb-fc14-8ba4-a6e7-26294b39f8ee.vmem            Windows 2000 Professional-s001.vmdk
564d03fb-fc14-8ba4-a6e7-26294b39f8ee.vmem.WRITELOCK  Windows 2000 Professional-s002.vmdk
nvram                                                Windows 2000 Professional-s003.vmdk
vm-2004-12-27.24589.tgz                              Windows 2000 Professional.vmdk
vmware-0.log                                         Windows 2000 Professional.vmdk.WRITELOCK
vmware-1.log                                         Windows 2000 Professional.vmsd
vmware-2.log                                         Windows 2000 Professional.vmx*
vmware-core.gz                                       Windows 2000 Professional.vmx.WRITELOCK
Notice the write locks. This is what they had used before only there was only one. Ah, the last one is cause I started up again. So I am only going to dump the first two and try again. Nope, still won't start. Says in use already.
Note 31 Dec 04 Well, I must set this aside. I do have some other things to do and its New Years. I'll get back to this next year. 'Sides, I think I have screwed it up and I'll have to reload it anyway. I'm going back to my 3.2 version for a few days.
Rut Ro Can't Uninstall It still thinks a copy is running. Further investigation shows vmware-vmx in Zombie state. Will kill the process.
36 Try again I'm a die hard. Got to see if I can get it running before quiting since I have found the lockup problem. Wellll.. maybe not. Got the Win2k Desktop and now even the mouse won't work. It is hosed. Back to setting it aside for a while. Will re-load and try again.
Arrg! Angry time. Un-installing 5 and re-installing 3 was not a fun process. Version 3, which worked fine before this testing of 5 started having problems. After a shutdown/re-boot it would say that it was not configured... and during the boot the Networking did not get started. Something somewhere keeps setting the not_configured flag in /etc/vmare.
Arrg!-2 Bad Words!! Looked thru the progs and found '/etc/init.d/vmware' is where the whole mess gets started in the first place. Also found '/usr/bin/vmware /home/ctaylor/vmware/win2000Pro/win2000Pro.cfg' was in execution somehow. So, we shut it down. Remove the 5.0 license. Dump the /usr/bin/vmware. Dump the vmware.old.1 and restore the vmware.old.0 and the executing one. Removed the not_configured flag. Created aliases to start and stop init vmware. (just because)
Arrg!-3 More Bad Words!! The 'not_configured' flag still got set! However, the Networking got started ok. All I have to do is dump the not_configured flag and I can run my VMware Win2k. This is still not good.
37 ??? The above screams were written in Homesite using VMware and Win2k. I have exited both and am now using BlueFish to make these notes. I checked /etc/vmware and not_configured was not there. So, we will shutdown/re-boot and see.
38 OK. After the shutdown/re-boot all came up and is working ... again. Once again I have a situation where something got fixed and I am not totally sure what did it. The main items this last time were: restore vmware.old.0 and killing that rogue vmware that was running. Hmmmm... also dumped the 5.0 license. At any rate, for now I can shutdown/re-boot and things are 'normal'.
Arrg!-4 Mumble..mumble Failed again. This time I checked things a little farther. In the VMware forum there were others that have had the same problem. Naturally, I couldn't remeber the fixes cause I didn't really pay them that much attention. Mine was working fine. Well, now I have to read them again and I am incorporating one of the fixes. Since I was 'single stepping' up there in item 38, I got the VMware services to start OK. In the forum, pbostley suggested a delay to wait for vmnet0 to respond, with a timeout in case it didn't. Now because of my single stepping success this sounded like a good, at least for now, fix. VMware Forum This 'fix' (which I've changed 3 times!!) goes in /etc/init.d/vmware around line 895. ..right after
while [ $vHubNr -lt 256 ]; do
	    # wait for udev to respond...added 02 Jan 05
		if [ $vHubNr -eq 0 ]; then
	     		while [ ! -e /dev/vmnet0 ]; do
	     		   usleep 100000
	     		   if [ $timeout++ == 40 ]; then
		elif [ $vHubNr -eq 1 ]; then
	     		while [ ! -e /dev/vmnet1 ]; do
	     		   usleep 100000
	     		   if [ $timeout++ == 40 ]; then
		elif [ $vHubNr -eq 8 ]; then
	     		while [ ! -e /dev/vmnet8 ]; do
	     		   usleep 100000
	     		   if [ $timeout++ == 40 ]; then
By the way, the 'not_configured' will get set at startup if the vmnet services don't get started. So, it wasn't at shutdown but at startup.
udev info
Oh Darn. sigh... Well, vmnet1 got started but vmnet8 didn't. Seems strange that I didn't have all this trouble until I loaded the Beta 5 in here. Must have installed something that didn't get uninstalled. Not sure how to find it... but something is now slowing down vmnet. The answer may be in a full total removal of everything VMware and load it again. You'll see that I changed vmnet0 to vmnet8 in the fix above.
39 Alllrighty Now. By delaying till vmnet8 got recognized, the Network items got loaded and I was able to run my VMware Win2k with no more problems. Still awful fishy that it didn't present this problem until after I tried VMware Beta 5. Another interesting part to this is that all the people talking about this startup problem are using version 4 and above. Hmmmmm... I will get back to this ... later. Got other things to do right now ... 03 Jan 05
Oh Boy! Embarrassed!! Now then... IF we are doing Networking: vmware_start_vmnet
Which in turn calls: vmware_load_module
Which in turn calls: /sbin/insmod -s -f "/lib/modules/`uname -r`/misc/$1.o" || exit 1
Which really doesn't tell me anything ... Dumping everything VMware and starting over!!
Shukins! Last Resort This thing is really becomming a pain. I need all three when I operate so I put in the above to try to ensure that I will get them. It appears to be working.

     SUSE includes a kernel feature (that really should be in all dists) that stores your kernel configuration as part of the kernel in compressed form. It can be found at /proc/config.gz

Doing a "make cloneconfig" from the kernel source dir basically preps the .config file for building from the values found in /proc/config.gz.

Usually, this is followed by a "make prepare-all" which will then allow you to build external modules without having to build the entire kernel source.

So for VMware:

# cd /usr/src/linux
# make cloneconfig
# make prepare-all
# vmware-config.pl

Released ver: 15 Apr 05

    A big swallow. I'm not going to buy this cause I don't have the coins with which to do so. However, I like them so I will evaluate their latest version in order to provide some input if neccessary. I am going to re-do my whole system anyway. The Lord has convicted me. I have some software that I shouldn't have. I am going to wipe my system and re-install it. If I can't produce a bill of sale for a piece of software or show that it is free ... it will not get loaded on my system. #8. Though shalt not steal.

    Now then, what is needed to load up this latest version??? Actually, should be the same as the Beta version. So, I just need to read my notes above and do it... after saving all my stuff.


dusty-tr:/TRinstalls/vmware-distrib # ./vmware-install.pl 
A previous installation of VMware software has been detected.

The previous installation was made by the tar installer (version 3).

Keeping the tar3 installer database format.

Uninstalling the tar installation of VMware Workstation.

Stopping VMware services:
   Virtual machine monitor                                             done
   Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0                                   done
   DHCP server on /dev/vmnet1                                          done
   Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1                                 done
   DHCP server on /dev/vmnet8                                          done
   NAT networking on /dev/vmnet8                                       done
   Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8                                 done
   Virtual ethernet                                                    done

This script previously created the file /dev/vmnet0, and was about to remove it.
Somebody else apparently did it already.

This script previously created the file /dev/vmnet7, and was about to remove it.
Somebody else apparently did it already.

This script previously created the file /dev/vmnet8, and was about to remove it.
Somebody else apparently did it already.

This script previously created the file /dev/vmmon, and was about to remove it. 
Somebody else apparently did it already.

File /etc/init.d/vmware is backed up to /etc/init.d/vmware.old.0.

File /usr/bin/vmware is backed up to /usr/bin/vmware.old.0.

The removal of VMware Workstation 3.2.1 build-2242 for Linux completed 
successfully. Thank you for having tried this software.

Installing the content of the package.

In which directory do you want to install the binary files? 

What is the directory that contains the init directories (rc0.d/ to rc6.d/)? 

What is the directory that contains the init scripts? 

In which directory do you want to install the library files? 

The path "/usr/lib/vmware" does not exist currently. This program is going to 
create it, including needed parent directories. Is this what you want? [yes] 

In which directory do you want to install the manual files? 

In which directory do you want to install the documentation files? 

The path "/usr/share/doc/vmware" does not exist currently. This program is going
to create it, including needed parent directories. Is this what you want? 

The installation of VMware Workstation 5.0.0 build-13124 for Linux completed 
successfully. You can decide to remove this software from your system at any 
time by invoking the following command: "/usr/bin/vmware-uninstall.pl".

Before running VMware Workstation for the first time, you need to configure it 
by invoking the following command: "/usr/bin/vmware-config.pl". Do you want this
program to invoke the command for you now? [yes] 

Making sure services for VMware Workstation are stopped.

Stopping VMware services:
   Virtual machine monitor                                             done
   Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0                                   done
   DHCP server on /dev/vmnet1                                          done
   Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1                                 done
   DHCP server on /dev/vmnet8                                          done
   NAT service on /dev/vmnet8                                          done
   Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8                                 done
   Virtual ethernet                                                    done

You must read and accept the End User License Agreement to continue.
Press enter to display it. 

Do you accept? (yes/no) yes

Thank you.

Configuring fallback GTK+ 2.4 libraries.

* Updating MIME database in /usr/share/mime...
In which directory do you want to install the mime type icons? 

What directory contains your desktop menu entry files? These files have a 
.desktop file extension. [/usr/share/applications]

In which directory do you want to install the application's icon? 

Trying to find a suitable vmmon module for your running kernel.

The module default-2.6.8-24-SuSE-9.2 loads perfectly in the running kernel.

You have already setup networking.

Would you like to skip networking setup and keep your old settings as they are? 
(yes/no) [yes]
Trying to find a suitable vmnet module for your running kernel.

The module default-2.6.8-24-SuSE-9.2 loads perfectly in the running kernel.

Starting VMware services:
   Virtual machine monitor                                             done
   Virtual ethernet                                                    done
   Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0                                   done
   Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1 (background)                    done
   Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8 (background)                    done
   NAT service on /dev/vmnet8                                          done

The configuration of VMware Workstation 5.0.0 build-13124 for Linux for this 
running kernel completed successfully.

You can now run VMware Workstation by invoking the following command: 


--the VMware team

First execution


Step What Done Results or Further Actions
1 Executed /usr/bin/vmware VMware workstation came up with a tip Window. No apparent problems.
2 Serial Number First click on Help and then Enter Serial Number... and then do it.
3 Create New Mach A dialog is presented with a choice, Typical or Custom. I chose Typical.
4 Select OS Must have examined my old configuration before it removed it. Came up with my previous selection of Win2K. Naturally I agreed.
5 Virt Mach Name Now we come with the "problem". At least it is in my viewpoint. This appears to be the same as the Beta. It creates a long name with spaces in it. I personally don't care for spaces in file or directory names. So I changed them from "Windows 2000 Professional" to "Windows2000Pro". My 3.2 version was "win2000Pro".
6 Network type As in the Beta version you are offered choices and only can select one. I chose Bridged.
7 Disk size Once again, for performance reasons, I am selecting the full allocation. You are allowed to split the disk into 2GB files. I believe that this would be to handle BIOS's that have that limit. Mine does not so I will not split the file.
8 Finish After clicking on Finish I get a VMware Worstation screen. This looks like a starting point. As I mentioned in the Beta, or I think I did, they have made considerable changes since the version that I am using. My HD is divided into 5 partions and I have two DVD drives, one is writeable. VMware only detected one DVD and called it a CD-ROM. Nothing was mentioned about my other partions. So far, nothing new. This is the way it has always worked in detecting my hardware. Just a fancier screen. It found:
Memory 256MB
Hard Disk*SCSI 0:0) Pre-Allocated
CD-ROM 1 (IDE 1:0) Using drive /dev/cdrom
Floppy 1 Using drive /dev/fd0
Ethernet 1 Bridged
USB Controller Present
Sound Adapter Using device /dev/dsp
Mouse autodetect
9 Quiting Now I still do not have a working machine setup. But before I install my Win2K I have to go to work. I should be able to quit at this point and start again later. We'll see...
10 Continuing Setup Restarting the VMware workstation brings up the same screen as was there when I quit. There are two places in which to fire up the Virtual Machine. One is in the commands list under the Windows2000Pro tab and the other is in the tool bar across the top. Neither would fire up my virtual machine and boot from the CD for Win2k. I had to change two settings in the configuration:
  • Change /dev/cdrom to /dev/cdrecorder
  • Check the Legacy Emulation box in CD-ROM configuration.
If you experience trouble in booting from your CD/DVD, check the settings and make sure that the proper drive and nomenclature have been detected.
11 Win Reboot Windows will Reboot on its own after it has copied some files. It will then continue the setup. During this continuation there was a considerable fluctuation of the VMware Workstation window during the Detecting Devices section. Looked out of control but evidently it was checking the screen. Finally settled out OK.
12 Win2k is Up With the installation finished I can now fire up Win2k as a Virtual Machine within my SuSE 9.2 Linux System. I have a 19 inch monitor so I setup Win2k for a 1024 x 768 screen. This is done in the Win2k display properties AFTER installing VMware Tools.
13 Sound Prob All is not well. I loose Linux Sound when I fire up Win2K inside VMware. This is strange cause in my previous experiences, with 3.2, I wouldn't get sound until I fired up VMware/Win2K... ummmm that is when I had a sound problem.
As an experiment, I used my Linux sound as Win2k was booting up. I got the message that the sound system was busy and wuld not be used! Ok, this version is not sharing properly.
Note Isn't this a Riot. I was reading through the VMware forum, and after seeing some of the experiences of others, I decided to just fire up VMware Tools in my Win2K. I clicked on the Devices tab and saw that the box next to Audio was not checked. I checked it and clicked on Apply. Guess what??? I now have sound in both systems. Linux and Win2K.
Another About Sound Well, with this version 5 release, I must make my Linux sound active while VMware/Win2K is booting up. This will cause an error message in VMware/Win2K about the sound and say it will not get loaded. However, after Win2K is up and running I can click on the VMware tool icon, check the box next to Audio in devices and ... whala! I have sound in both operations. Pain in the ...

In Summary

    I like VMware and I plan to continue using it. However, it will not be this newer version. To involved and to many changes and ... I just don't have the coins. This will be great for someone that is still working but I am ... sigh ... forcibly retired. Version 3.2 offers everything that I need.




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