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Old 06-04-2004, 02:58 AM   #1
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VMware Workstation 4.5.1 Problems..


Hi,

I've made a Windows XP Pro system on VMware but when I go and start it, it runs through the install process but cant find my Windows XP Pro cd in ethier of my cdrom drives? It seems to check my floppy and HD but doesnt scan the cd roms? Any ideas?

Thanks

EG
 
Old 06-04-2004, 03:19 AM   #2
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Try to change the configuration of your cdrom drive.
There is an option called "Legacy support" which has to be checked.
That worked for me.
 
Old 06-04-2004, 07:11 AM   #3
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Hi,

I've clicked "Legacy support" but still no suscess... It only still seems to scan floppy and HD (HD and Floppy Icons lite up green for a second down bottom but not the CD-Rom)?

Thanks

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Old 06-04-2004, 07:14 AM   #4
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Yes, that's in deed the same problem I head but as I wrote Legacy worked for me. So I have no idea to fix it. Sorry!
Hope someone else can help you...
 
Old 06-04-2004, 07:23 AM   #5
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for some reason it says the CD-Rom/DVD Rom is in /dev/cdrom but mine is /mnt/cdrom on Fedora Core 2, But when I change it, it says its not a CD-Rom device?
 
Old 06-04-2004, 08:05 AM   #6
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Is there anyway to move my cdrom drive to /dev/cdrom because I think thats the prob?
 
Old 06-04-2004, 12:01 PM   #7
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Yes, you can do this.
Find out which device your cdrom is. For example hdc (if it's secondary master) or hdb (for primary slave).
Then type
ln -s /dev/hdc /dev/cdrom
Second method:
configure your vmware with "/dev/hdc"

Good luck!
 
Old 06-04-2004, 12:04 PM   #8
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By the way... I hope you have a 2.6.x kernel.
Otherwise "hdc" or something like that will be not okay.
Would you please tell me which kernel you use?
 
Old 06-04-2004, 12:29 PM   #9
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Same....

I also had the same problem and legacy helped my work.
One thing you can try, once FC mounts the CD, wait then unmount it.
After that start VMware and it normally finds the CD.
I take it you have changed the boot order in the VM, this sometimes stops the process.
Also, ensure that the USB ports are turned off for install, this causes major lockups in a virutal Win 2003 Server/200 Server install. Once installed, just add them and it works fine.

Simon
 
Old 06-04-2004, 10:02 PM   #10
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Hi,

How do you unmount stuff in FC2? Also I'm just running the default kernal that comes with FC2, watever that is :S...

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Old 06-04-2004, 10:51 PM   #11
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default kernel is a 2.6, so you should be okay there

make sure /dev/hdc has proper permissions
as root do chmod 66 /dev/hdc

vmware does not want to access something that is mounted, it wants direct access to the cd drive, which is why you need to make sure the cd is not mounted and that vmware is configured to use /dev/hdc

enabling legacy also worked for me.....

*edit: in a terminal, type mount to see what is mounted; if the cdrom is mounted (/dev/hdc or /dev/cdrom), unmount it with (as root) umount /dev/cdrom

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Old 06-04-2004, 11:35 PM   #12
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Kool thanks all, Installed and all up and running . Also is there anyway to add more HD to XP Pro after u've installed and setup?
 
Old 06-05-2004, 04:11 AM   #13
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Yup, another HDD

The only way to increase the space is to add another HDD to the VMware PC....
I have come across this lots of times, accept the default 4Gb then realise you want more........
I generally select 10Gb as the HDD size, after all you only use the space physically on your PC if you use it in the VIrtual machine, i.e. my current WinXP virtual has 20Gb Hdd in, but is only using 2Gb on the Linux drive.

Si
 
Old 06-05-2004, 10:10 AM   #14
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Elite_gamer: could you post here how you got it working? it might help others (and me) in the future....

also, the only way to increase hdd space is, like stated, to add another virtual hdd, but if you want only 1 harddrive, the only way around that (according to vmware support) is to use norton ghost to make a copy of your install, create a new larger virtual harddrive, make sure it is listed in the devices for the virtual machine, copy the norton image to the new larger drive, then make the new disk the primary master in the devices setup (so that it will boot by default)

if you have problems booting, put in the winxp cdrom and go to recovery and let it "repair" the mbr and boot sectors
 
Old 07-30-2004, 09:52 PM   #15
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chmod 66 worked for me, installing win2000 under vmware 4.51 on mandrake 10.

thanks!!!!
 
  


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