Check this KB article for troubleshooting: VMware KB: Cannot boot or start a virtual machine converted by VMware vCenter Converter 4.x/5.x---1 person found this helpful
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I followed he instructions lined out within the KB - I have not received any of the errors specifically by message. I don't even get a black screen with a blinking cursor. I also followed the conversion steps changing the controller to LSI logic and using only the C drive partition which is only 40Gb. This led the same black screen, VM shows powered on.
I have not tried repairing the MBR or any other file, this is an old IBM server that is used on a daily basis and god knows when it was last rebooted.
Is this the only alternative/solution left?
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Only a guess. Does the source host have hardware related driver or services installed?
Are you able to boot the VM in save mode? Maybe this will help to find out out what's causing the issue, by checking the Windows event logs and/or disabling or uninstalling the hardware related items.
I checked the Server, there are no driver issues or hardware issues to report. I cannot boot the VM into safe mode, I don't know if its to do with image I created, maybe its corrupted?
Just to update...I converted one of the partitions (program files) and tried powering on VM. I got the same result. I read somewhere that changing the SCSI type from Bus Logic to LSI logic might be the issue. I changed the setting and tried again - same result. So I reverted to Bus Logic and powered it back up and it worked! Don't ask how or why buy the VM powered up correctly.
Don't know if anyone has ever had this happen? Thanks again for all the help!