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Old 11-03-2003, 05:11 AM   #1
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Question vmware withXP guest on a ide/scsi machine


currently I'm running into trouble when trying to start Win Xp as a guest on a linux platform. Windows is coming up, the XP logo is displayed and then a blue screen informs me about a change in the hw configuration and that windows aborts booting in order to save the system. The blue screen also requests me to remove all new installed hw and to check for viruses.

The configuration is as follows:
OS: SuSE 8.2 installed on two scsi disks 36 GB each
sda: 1st partition mp is /
sda: 2nd partition is linux swap
sdb: 1st partition mp is /usr, reiser fs (extended partition)
sdb: 2nd partition mp is /opt reiser fs (extended partition)
sdb: 3rd partition is windows swap partition (ntfs)
sdb: 3rd patition is linux swap

Windows is installed on a ide disk with the following config (40GB):
sda: 1st partition is C:\ ntfs
sda: 2nd partition is D:\ ntfs (extended partition)
sda: 3rd partition is E:\ vfat (extended partition) win<->linux transfer
sda: 4th partition is linux swap

the boot manager grub is located in the mbr of the ide hda.
On the windows side I established two hardware profiles in order
to support the physical machine (choosing winXP from the grub boot menu) and the virtual machine when launching xp from within the
vmware environment.
In the virtual machines profile nearly all unneeded hardware (sound etc)
is disabled.

In the vmware configuration the ide partitions are specified as well as both scsi devices (required by the boot manager). As soon as I power on the
vm the above stated blue screen pop's up. Installing the vmware scsi driver
on the windows side only results in error messages. As WinXP isn't coming
up correctly I suppose problems during the boot process; however I wasn't
able to locate these errors.

Is there any additional info or help available in the community?


Old 11-03-2003, 11:56 AM   #2
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It sounds like you are using a VM with a native partition, not a virtual disk. Does XP come up successfully when booted native?
Old 11-05-2003, 11:52 AM   #3
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no problen, after selecting Win XP in the boot manager the windows os comes up with no problens.
After win XP fails to start in the linux VM it prompts me to either start in protected mode etc. or in normal mode as soon as I boot windows again.
Not depending on my selection windows starts up without any errors.

Old 11-08-2003, 06:24 PM   #4
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I have exactly the same problem, I'm trying to load Windows XP Pro from a disk partition but the blue screen appears. I'm using Mandrake 9.1



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