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Old 04-21-2007, 06:13 PM   #1
jlinkels
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vmware-server-console crashes after Debian upgrade


I unintentionally upgraded to Debian Lenny (the new testing). After that, vmware-server-console crashes as soon as the W2k splash screen changes to the normal resolution. However, I don't think it is a Debian specific problem, that's why I post it in the general forum.

This is what happens:

- The Win2k guest starts up.
- At the moment it changes to normal resolution (that is "auto-adjust" to window), vmware-server-console terminates with a "Signal 11" error.
- After installing a second W2k guest, it runs fine in 640x480, until I install vmware tools.
- After installing vmware tools, this guest crashes as well, but I can recover it by disabling "auto-adjust to window" and put it to a known resolution like 1024x768
- When I connect to the failing W2k guest on a different computer, it runs fine. This indicates that the vm is running well, only vmware-server-console is crashing.

This is the (what I think is relevant) portion of the log file:

Code:
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO X fd is 64 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO depth 16 bpp 16 class 4 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO WARNING: XF86MISC version 0.9 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| HostOps hideCursor before defineCursor! 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| Connecting to window system. 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO X fd is 64 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO depth 16 bpp 16 class 4 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO WARNING: XF86MISC version 0.9 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| rasterops MMXEXT accelerations enabled 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO unsupported XF86VidMode version: 2.2 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 0: 1152x864 flags: 0x5 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 1: 1024x768 flags: 0x5 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 2: 800x600 flags: 0x5 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 3: 640x480 flags: 0xa 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 4: 1024x768 flags: 0x5 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 5: 1024x768 flags: 0xa 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 6: 1024x768 flags: 0xa 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 7: 1024x768 flags: 0x15 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 8: 832x624 flags: 0xa 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 9: 800x600 flags: 0x5 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 10: 800x600 flags: 0x5 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 11: 800x600 flags: 0x5 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 12: 640x512 flags: 0x25 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 13: 720x450 flags: 0x25 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 14: 640x480 flags: 0xa 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 15: 640x480 flags: 0xa 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 16: 640x480 flags: 0xa 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 17: 640x480 flags: 0x25 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 18: 720x400 flags: 0x6 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 19: 640x400 flags: 0x6 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 20: 640x400 flags: 0x20 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 21: 576x432 flags: 0x25 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 22: 640x384 flags: 0x20 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 23: 640x350 flags: 0x9 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 24: 512x384 flags: 0x25 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 25: 512x384 flags: 0x25 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 26: 512x384 flags: 0x2a 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 27: 512x384 flags: 0x2a 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 28: 512x384 flags: 0x35 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 29: 416x312 flags: 0x2a 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 30: 400x300 flags: 0x25 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 31: 400x300 flags: 0x25 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 32: 400x300 flags: 0x25 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 33: 400x300 flags: 0x25 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 34: 320x240 flags: 0x2a 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 35: 320x240 flags: 0x2a 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 36: 320x240 flags: 0x2a 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 37: 320x240 flags: 0x2a 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 38: 320x200 flags: 0x26 
Apr 20 17:56:08: mks| XINFO XFree86 VidMode 39: 320x175 flags: 0x29 
Apr 20 17:57:16: mks| MKS switching absolute mouse on 
Apr 20 17:57:16: mks| MKS lost grab 
Apr 20 17:57:23: mks| MKSHostOps SHM create image failed 
Apr 20 17:57:23: mks| MKSHostOps XCreateImage failed 
Apr 20 17:57:23: mks| Caught signal 11 -- tid 8638
Other data:

Xorg X Window System Version 7.1.1
Module nvidia: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation" compiled for 4.0.2, module version = 1.0.7185
Kernel 2.6.17
KDE 3.5
VMware Server Console pid=8638 version=1.0.1 build=build-29996 option=Release

When I change the nvidia driver to the more generic "nv" driver, the problem remains unchanged.

I am not sure where I should start to investigate this problem, is it a Xorg problem, or a Vmware problem? I would bias a little bit towards Xorg problem. This error "unsupported XF86VidMode" is something which happens in libx11-6 when a unsupported video mode is requested (duh!) By googling I discovered that the latest implementation if libx11-6 has become stricter concerning the video modes that can be requested. But that doesn't help me much because I still don't know whether VMWare requests a proper video mode which is not properly recognized, or if VMWare requests an incorrect mode which is legitimately not accepted. It doesn't help either that I don't have the faintest idea how the X-window client/server model works.

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Old 04-23-2007, 03:21 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by jlinkels

When I change the nvidia driver to the more generic "nv" driver, the problem remains unchanged.

I am not sure where I should start to investigate this problem, is it a Xorg problem, or a Vmware problem? I would bias a little bit towards Xorg problem. This error "unsupported XF86VidMode" is something which happens in libx11-6 when a unsupported video mode is requested (duh!) By googling I discovered that the latest implementation if libx11-6 has become stricter concerning the video modes that can be requested. But that doesn't help me much because I still don't know whether VMWare requests a proper video mode which is not properly recognized, or if VMWare requests an incorrect mode which is legitimately not accepted. It doesn't help either that I don't have the faintest idea how the X-window client/server model works.

jlinkels

hello j, I am not an expert but I could try and point you toward totally uninstalling your vmware and its dependancies if any, then reinstalling your vmware. Could also be that the upgrade you made has some clash with vmware: for example, whenever I try to install vlc on my fc6 or even on ubuntu 6.something there is a clash with totem, but after removing totem vlc is gracefull. Like I said though I am not an expert so goodluck.
 
Old 04-23-2007, 01:58 PM   #3
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An update on this:

When I force the video mode to 1024x768 from another vmware-server-console running on another box, it runs fine again on my Debian Lenny box.

When I try to switch the video mode to something less current (for example 1133x668) I get this "unsupported video mode" error.

Am I right to assume that the X server has become more strict in available resolutions?

ozzis: I tried that, but it didn't help. Thanks anyway.

jlinkels

Edit: but.. uhm... the graphics resolution is a Windows issue, right? Windows is the guest, Linux the host, so why in the world would Windows generate an XFree86 error? The resulution of the X driver in Linux is fixed to what I set it, right? Or is the VMWare VGA driver written such that it uses X libraries?

Last edited by jlinkels; 04-23-2007 at 07:24 PM.
 
  


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