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Old 12-06-2011, 03:27 PM   #1
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Problem runnig CentOS 6 GUI on VMware ESXi

Trying to run GUI of CentOS 6 on VMware ESXi I have already done yum install vmware-tools-esx-kmod vmware-tools-esx but if inittab is changed to run in level 5 it hangs and if command startx is executed the system give the message

X.Org X Server 1.7.7
Release Date: 2010-05-04
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: c6b6 2.6.32-44.2.el6.x86_64
Current Operating System: Linux 2.6.32-71.29.1.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Mon Jun 27 19:49:27 BST 2011 x86_64
Kernel command line: ro root=/dev/mapper/vg_vanth-LogVol00 rd_LVM_LV=vg_vanth/LogVol00 rd_NO_LUKS rd_NO_MD rd_NO_DM LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us rhgb quiet
Build Date: 25 June 2011 11:07:18AM
Build ID: xorg-x11-server 1.7.7-26.el6_0.3
Current version of pixman: 0.18.4
Before reporting problems, check
to make sure that you have the latest version.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Tue Dec 6 14:02:12 2011
(==) Using default built-in configuration (30 lines)
(EE) Failed to load module "vmwgfx" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) vmware: Please ignore the above warnings about not being able to to load module/driver vmwgfx
(EE) open /dev/fb0: No such device
SELinux: Disabled on system, not enabling in X server

** (gnome-panel:2845): WARNING **: panel-applet-frame.c:1288: failed to load applet OAFIID:GnoteApplet:
waiting for X server to shut down gnome-session: Fatal IO error 11 (Resource temporarily unavailable) on X server :0.0.
gnome-settings-daemon: Fatal IO error 11 (Resource temporarily unavailable) on X server :0.0.
error setting MTRR (base = 0xd8000000, size = 0x02000000, type = 1) Invalid argument (22)

Thank you for your input .
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Not sure about the naming of your packages and where they came from, but do you have the "xxx-vm-tools-common" package installed?
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thanks kbp its working now
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if you google about the GUI problem with the VMware ESxi, this link shows up in the top so I though I need to give details about how I fixed this problem. I take for granted that Vsphere Client is working fine with the commandline on Linux Virtual Machine but the only problem is when issuing init 5 command . Here are the steps

1. rpm --import
2. rpm --import
3. create vmware-tools.repo edit the file /etc/yum.repos.d/vmware-tools.repo add the following lines
name=VMware Tools
4.yum update
5.yum install vmware-tools-esx-kmods vmware-tools-esx
6.reboot your ESXi server.
The above solutions might work for most of you but I face the problem with the mouse in GUI so this is how I solved the mouse problem in Vsphere Client. Make sure your Linux Virtual machine is power off.
1.right click on your Virtual Machine on Vsphere Client.
2.Click Edit Setting -->Hardware-->Video Card -->Video Memory Calculator. Give resolution 1024*768
3.Click on tab Options --> General --> Configuration Parameters --> Add Row
4. Add the following two lines
Remember to click mouse to use GUI inside the Vsphere Client and to get out use Ctrl+Alt.


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