Here extra info:
1. If I removed vmware tools and restarted the system, XP loads very fast 25 seconds. Of course MS reminds you that you have to reactive windows because of the big changes in hardware. So vmware tools in the cause of the long delay.
2. I load XP without vmware tools. After loading it I installed vmware tools. The installation of the tools is not right: stalls for about 4-5 minutes during the SVGA installation. So this may be where the problem is .
3. Starting again XP with the vmware tools the first couple of times froze the whole system and I have to reboot. Eventually it load it after 5 minutes.
I have a nvida gts 8800 and I am using the nvidia drivers. I looked at what I had under opensuse 11 (of course is in the same system dual boot) and the setup is very similar.
Please post the vmware.log file and the .vmx file from the directory containing your Guest.
I should have looked at those log files!.
I attach both one is produced under opensuse 11.0 where everything is working well
The other one is under opensuse 11.1 where I have the problems.
Both use the same VM, the computer is dual boot and all the peripheral are the same.
As I said before without the VMware tools under opensuse 11.1 there is no problem.
Looking at the files the problem seems to be from the usb where I have attached a logitech orbit-af camera.
I removed the camera and try to load XP: all the problems are gone. Now XP works as good as in opensuse 11.0.
As a solution I check out under 'usb controllers' -> 'automatic connect a new usb' and that seems to resolve the problem.
I wonder what has changed under opensuse that modifies this behaviour.
Thxs again for your great help.
Glad to hear things are working for you now!