14 Replies Latest reply on Jul 6, 2007 11:12 AM by Andreas Masur

    Unity grayed out

    EMR Enthusiast

      I've just installed Beta 4. No problems. However, I wanted to try Unity, but it was grayed out. I am running 64-bit Vista. Just in case, I've also updated VMware Tools, but to no avail.

       

      Is Unity only for 32-bit Windows?

        • 1. Re: Unity grayed out
          piebas Novice

          At this moment Unity is only available for Windows XP

          • 2. Re: Unity grayed out
            EMR Enthusiast

            Fair enough. I'd simply like to add my voice to the chorus requesting that the following features be implemented by the time Fusion reaches GA status:

            1. Full support of Windows Vista with Aero (i.e., DirectX 9 or higher). OpenGL would be a nice bonus.

            2. Enhancing Unity with Coherence 2.0 features, such as using either Windows or Mac programs to open either Mac or Windows documents. Naturally, Unity should work on Vista.

            3. Full-featured snapshots.

            4. Windows printing to the default Mac OS X printer (without having to instal a specific printer driver on Windows (this is what VirtualPC used to do).

            • 3. Re: Unity grayed out
              chicagodan Lurker

              I'd like to add one more to the list -- an easy method to migrate Parallels-installed VMs to Fusion.  Oh, and Unity in Vista.

              • 4. Re: Unity grayed out
                stschwar Lurker

                When running Windows 2000 the Unity feature is disabled as well. It would be great if Unity is supported for W2k guests.

                • 5. Re: Unity grayed out
                  Pat Lee Master
                  VMware Employees

                  Fair enough. I'd simply like to add my voice to the

                  chorus requesting that the following features be

                  implemented by the time Fusion reaches GA status:

                  1. Full support of Windows Vista with Aero (i.e.,

                  DirectX 9 or higher). OpenGL would be a nice bonus.

                  2. Enhancing Unity with Coherence 2.0 features, such

                  as using either Windows or Mac programs to open

                  either Mac or Windows documents. Naturally, Unity

                  should work on Vista.

                  3. Full-featured snapshots.

                  4. Windows printing to the default Mac OS X printer

                  (without having to instal a specific printer driver

                  on Windows (this is what VirtualPC used to do).

                   

                  Thank you for your feature requests, we will definitely consider them for a future release of VMware Fusion.

                   

                  Pat

                  • 6. Re: Unity grayed out
                    tromba Lurker

                    I'm running XP from a Boot Camp partition, and Unity is also grayed out. Other than that beta 4 seems to work fine. Any suggestions?

                    • 7. Re: Unity grayed out
                      phurth Lurker

                      I'm running XP from a Boot Camp partition, and Unity

                      is also grayed out. Other than that beta 4 seems to

                      work fine. Any suggestions?

                       

                      I had the same problem and was able to solve it by deleting the virtual machine folder at ~/Library/Application Support/VMWare Fusion. After doing this the Boot Camp partition is detected by Fusion. Upon first launch VMWare Tools is reinstalled, the VM reboots, and Unity becomes available.

                      • 8. Re: Unity grayed out
                        Guru

                        Unity requires updated tools; deleting and recreating the Bootcamp VM will have that side effect. You may be able to skip that step and just update the tools.

                        • 9. Re: Unity grayed out
                          pixl8 Novice

                          I'm running Windows XP 64 bit edition, I've upgraded the tools and it's still greyed out. Im not running boot camp do I need to ?

                          • 10. Re: Unity grayed out
                            vinayv Hot Shot

                            Currently unity is supported on XP-32-bit only.  We look forward to supporting this on other OS's as well

                            • 11. Re: Unity grayed out
                              MacPloeg Lurker

                              I'm using XP Pro SP2 and Unity is greyed. I don't know if i'm using a 64bits Windows version or someting else (i'm not a windows-geek..).

                              • 12. Re: Unity grayed out
                                trellusg Novice

                                Have you installed the VMWare Tools from Beta 4?  They are required for Unity support.

                                I

                                f you have VMWare Tools already installed from an earlier beta, you will need to upgrade the VMWare Tools to the version that comes with Beta 4.  You can do this from the VMWare menu "Virtual Machine" and select "Install VMWare Tools"... your VM will detect that it's installed and just needs to be upgraded.

                                 

                                Be \*sure* to take a snapshot of your VM before doing this, however, in case anything goes awry and you need to go back to the pre-Beta4 VMWare Tools.

                                • 13. Re: Unity grayed out
                                  Swift2001 Lurker

                                  I'm not sure you'll answer this, but here goes. I bought your competitor, but I've had problems with it recently that I can't fix. But now, applying the fix in this forum, the vm tools installed instantly, and Unity and Snapshot icons became usable. The release candidate works flawlessly with my boot camp partition. I am very impressed, and leaning in your direction now.

                                   

                                  Is it possible that I can keep trying both out with the same partition? In other words, does VMWare install anything that makes \[unnamed competitor] unable to use the same partition? I'll try it out, of course, but perhaps there's some guidance you can give that would avoid a re-authorization or other annoyance.

                                  • 14. Re: Unity grayed out
                                    Andreas Masur Expert

                                    Is it possible that I can keep trying both out with

                                    the same partition? In other words, does VMWare

                                    install anything that makes \[unnamed competitor]

                                    unable to use the same partition? I'll try it out, of

                                    course, but perhaps there's some guidance you can

                                    give that would avoid a re-authorization or other

                                    annoyance.

                                     

                                    You should be fine....there are many people here that use the same Boot Camp partition with both Parallels and VMware.

                                     

                                    Having said this....there are some users that have reported some hiccups though. One of the problem can arise due to the way Parallels get the Boot Camp partition to work (exchanging system files etc.).

                                     

                                    So...to summarize....there are some people without any problems and then there are some with problems. :-o

                                     

                                    Ciao, Andreas