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Old 06-12-2009, 12:06 PM   #1
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VMware USB problem


Hey Guys

Running Centos 5.3 64bit as host and XP Pro sp2 as guest. My USB mouse works fine but any "advanced" devices (sticks/drives/printers/etc) do not. The devices are recognized by VMware but error out(after 30 ? seconds). The devices all work fine on the host or if I boot to XP(non VM).

On another note I tried to post over on VMware's communities but I keep getting a goofy redirect error. Apparently it is just not my day.
 
Old 06-12-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
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I've notice that you have to (1) make sure Linux doesn't grab the device first and (2) unplug and replug the device. Awkward, but works reliably for me. For example, I have a BT USB device. If I run rc.bluetooth then not only is the BT device not recognized but neither are all other USB devices (printers, cameras etc.) by Win XP in vmware. If I stop rc.bluetooth and unplug and replug then not only is the BT device recognized, so are the rest of the USB devices.

It'd be nice if I could execute something in software that would have the same effect as physically unplugging and replugging the hardware.

Hope that helps.
 
Old 06-12-2009, 07:13 PM   #3
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Are you running vmware server 1.X or 2.X? It seems to make a difference in this. I am running 2.01.

I have automount of all removable media shut off. BT is off (not even sure why I had it on before). Does not seem to help. Still getting "Remote USB device error:Remote device disconnected: an error occurred while sending data."
 
Old 06-13-2009, 03:52 PM   #4
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Hmm well then I can't help you . Sorry I'm still running version 1.0.9...Hopefully someone else here has an answer for you.
 
Old 06-13-2009, 07:54 PM   #5
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I am starting to think that downgrading to 1.09 might be a real good idea.

Thanks
 
Old 06-15-2009, 10:54 AM   #6
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Well, of course VirtualBox might be a good choice too, if you're thinking of switching, though again I've heard that the *very* latest version has a few problems...

I've used Vbox vers 2.14, only reason I stayed with vmware is that it's a little bit faster and the networking was easier to setup. I like the seamless mode though...

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