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Old 04-15-2003, 12:28 PM   #1
Paul Parr
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Question Vmware 3.2 & X86Free with RH9, MDK9.1, Etc


I am using Windows XP SP1 as the Host OS.

Has anyone tried Vmware 3.2 with Redhat 9 and/or Mandrake 9.1, Lycoris, slackware, Caldera, Suse 7.3 or others?

I tried installing all of them and some of them would not even allow me to install because of varying degrees of error messages.

I did manage to get Redhat 9, Mandrake 9.1 and Lycoris installed, but I am having major issues with the X server on them.

I successfully ran the installation of the vmware-linux-tools for them as per the manuals instructions, but after that the real problems started.

Here are a list of problems I have with the Linux Guests...

1) redhat 9 = Boots into Gnome fine but runs runs soooo slooow, I tried changing the display config from the defaulting Vmware driver with 256 colors and 256kb of ram to my real config and it broke the thing...couldn't log back into Gnome because of errors with the Xserver. Rebooting got me back into Gnome but with the same original slow and 256 color problem.
Any ideas?

2) Mandrake 9.1 = After installing the vmware tools and rebooting guest os, I get errors that XF86Config can not be found anywhere, even after it automatically searched several places for it.

3) Lycoris build 69 unstable = Everything seems fine, the login screen comes up but then when X starts then its just a screen of 3 X terminals,

4) Caldera Workstation 3.1.1 = Install starts up but then stops midway stating "Can not install on this machine".

5) Both Windows ME and Suse 7.3 can't even install, when I boot the guest OS it says something like "Can't find Operating system", or no boot drive found....I'll have to check back on this later.

6) Slackware 9 and TurboLinux 6 gave me some errors too during install, so couldn't get them working either.

Once again I am faced with the Complexity and finiky nature of Linux...hooo humm why can't just work?

I won't get into the networking part because its been covered already on other threads, but thats something else to work out too.



On a positive note, Windows 98se, and Windows 2000, installed flawlessly, and installing the vmware tools couldn't be simplier. I even had no problems with setting up these two Virtua systems on my XP Network with their own IP addresses...just as if they were real computers.
 
Old 04-15-2003, 12:58 PM   #2
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I suggest that you post this question on the vmware newsgroup.
news://news.vmware.com:119/vmware.fo....configuration

I use vmware for linux with no problems.
 
Old 04-15-2003, 01:46 PM   #3
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i would suggest not installing linux using their 'install os here' option, it never worked for me.

instead i would install winxp, then install redhat, use lilo or grub as your boot manager and set WinXP as the default boot option

then when your in XP and you load vmware, create a profile that just boots from the mbr, which will give you grub in a window again, then simply select redhat and you will have an xp box with rh in a window, wont have problems with swap space, or writable partitions, because your box is actually set up to dual boot.

repeat with other distros as needed....
 
Old 04-15-2003, 03:00 PM   #4
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Try SuSE.

It works like a dream from the second you put the CD image in, to the second you take it out.

It couldn't be simpler.

<note: under VM4.0 I had to build a kernel to access the full range of vmtools>

>Currently running VM4.0/SuSE 8.2 and about to relegate XP to the Guest status.<
 
Old 04-15-2003, 03:16 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by PReDiToR
Try SuSE.

It works like a dream from the second you put the CD image in, to the second you take it out.

It couldn't be simpler.

<note: under VM4.0 I had to build a kernel to access the full range of vmtools>

>Currently running VM4.0/SuSE 8.2 and about to relegate XP to the Guest status.<
You must have missed this part in my post...
"Both Windows ME and Suse 7.3 can't even install, when I boot the guest OS it says something like "Can't find Operating system", or no boot drive found....I'll have to check back on this later."
 
Old 04-15-2003, 04:12 PM   #6
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Yes, I missed that. Sorry.

/me picks up his spectacles and peers myopicaly through them
 
Old 04-15-2003, 05:35 PM   #7
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I didnt though. are you saying that they wont install dual-boot-style or they wont install under vmware's install (which is total crap btw)?
 
Old 04-15-2003, 06:02 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by mongoose
I didnt though. are you saying that they wont install dual-boot-style or they wont install under vmware's install (which is total crap btw)?
Sorry...Clarify please.
Vmware is total crap? or That I said they don't boot under Vmware is total crap?
 
Old 04-15-2003, 07:31 PM   #9
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neither.

vmware is really cool, kinda slow, but what can you expect when your running multiple os's at the same time.

what i meant was that, the system vmware has for installing os's within it, is total crap (at least with the experiences that ive had)

i have found it so much easier just to set my box to dual, triple (etc...) boot, using grub as my boot manager, and then set up vmware to just boot the boot manager in the mbr and then just choose which one using grub to boot up and then it seems to play very nicely.

sorry for the confusion
 
Old 04-16-2003, 07:30 AM   #10
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Right now VMware 3.2 on RH9 is under the "unsupported OS" category, and, according to what I've seen on their forums, will probably remain that way.

I do know that 4.0 installs and runs perfectly in 9.0.

VMware 3.2 does run fine with Red Hat 8.0. There have been a few patches to try to make it work under 9.0, but I had no success with those, perhaps there have been one or two more since then that work.
 
Old 04-16-2003, 01:01 PM   #11
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I have RH9 installed on VMWARE 4.0, and I cannot get DHCP to work. It will not grab an IP address.
I keep getting the error: Determining IP information for eth0... failed; no link present . Check cable? [FAILED]

Any other OS works just fine. Any suggestions?
 
Old 04-17-2003, 12:32 PM   #12
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ditto!

I have the same problem. (Was just looking for the solution to dhcp issue, but instead I will just commiserate)
 
Old 04-17-2003, 12:44 PM   #13
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From vmware site:
To work around this problem, become root (su -) and use a text editor to edit the following files in the guest operating system:
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth[n]
/etc/sysconfig/networking/devices/ifcfg-eth[n]
In both cases, [n] is the number of the Ethernet adapter -- for example, eth0.
In each of the two files, add the following section:
check_link_down () {
return 1;
}
Then run the command ifup eth[n] (where [n] is the number of the Ethernet adapter) or restart the guest operating system.

haven't tried it yet, but anyway.
Mike
 
Old 09-16-2003, 10:45 AM   #14
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Thanks mfries, somehow I missed the answer on the vmware site.

This worked perfectly! I was pulling my hair out (whatever I have left anyway) trying to figure this out.

JH
 
  


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