I have VMWare Workstation 6, and I created with it a Win2K virtual machine which I now deploy across several of my home Linux machines with VMWare Player. This has worked great most of the time in Fedora 8 and Kubuntu 8.04. (And, yes, I own enough licenses for Win2K to do this legally.)
I recently bought an eeepc 901 with Xandros Linux. I successfully installed VMWare Player and the virtual machine I created. It ran just fine. I then rebooted, and now it won't run. VMWare Player itself runs fine, but when trying to open the virtual machine that I ran just a few minutes before rebooting, I get a string of error messages:
Too Many Virtual machines are running....
Failed to initialize monitor device
Error while powering on: Cannot find a valid peer process to connect to.
Failed to reply to the dialog: Pipe: Read failed
I then just get the black VMWare Player window.
If I rerun the install script and recompile everything, then it will again run perfectly -- until the next time I shut it down and reboot.
There was a suggestion in the LinuxQuestions.org forum
that the VMWare services are not being restarted on reboot. This is beyond me, and I don't run slackware.
If the services are NOT being started at boot, how do I manually start them in Xandros to test the theory that the lack of services is causing the failure of my Win2K VM to start? Fedora and Kubuntu both had a services applet where you could check what was running and/or start/stop those services. I don't see anything like this in Xandros.
Now, to save some time, I know there are alternatives like WINE, Virtual Box, QEMU, and more. I have an investment in VMWare already, and I know that it DOES work on this machine. Please withhold any comments on what I should be using instead of VMWare as those comments will only take this post off the 'unanswered' list and prevent others that may know the answer from seeing this post.
Any suggestions on fixing the problem at hand?