I had a functioning VMWare fusion 3.1.2 Windows 7 x64 VM, and it broke. Originally partition structure was
OSX - 130G
I deleted Ubuntu, the tests, and the swap and created one partiion in its place (for LVM2). Booting back to OSX, vmware did not boot windows. Deleted Bootcamp VM, folder, helper vm... nadda. Removed VMWare, reinstalled after manually removing any instance of VMware in /library ~/library... nadda. No matter what I do, the VM only boots to the pxe boot screen and doesn't find the drive. This worked before and the windows/osx partitions should be untouched by my recent change. FYI, all three OS's boot without error via rEFIt.
What is wrong here??
Also worth noting, Windows will chainload fine from Grub2 on the linux partition
do you have a vmx and a vmdk for the bootcamp VM ?
Yup. And they seem in order. They are entirely created by VMWare... I tried making one to boot linux and editing by hand but that crashed out VMWare... only change in that case was ide0:0 true (or whatever) and pointing it to a vmware-rawdisccreater generated file.
The only thing I can think happened is the partition structure that gparted applied is in some way not agreeable to OSX/VMWare... diskutil in OSX doesn't let me alter anything
can you attach both files so I can check them ?
both look ok to me - can you rule out any permissio n issues ?
And here is some, perhaps, useful info:
does a start of the bootcamp VM create a new vmware.log ? - if yes - lets see it
On a side note, how do I make GPT identify disk0s4 as the ext partition that it is and not as MS stuff?
try to add this line to the vmx-file
mainMem.bug178871.disableWorkaround = "TRUE"
SGMAC: opening 'cdrom0'
SGMAC: Failed to obtain exclusive access: The media is still mounted. (0xe00002d5)
try without cdrom assigned to the VM
Attempted boot with no usb/network/soundcard/serial/cdrom. Same result
Was able to get Ubuntu booted from within a VM under OSX. Involves custom raw disk file assembled from the native GPT sectors so that the VM see's the GPT/EFI and can get to the 5th partition, as well as see what type of partition the 4th was (in my case, as it was only tagged as ext4 in gpt, as I understand it)
Problem has been solved. At some point during the course of the linux changes the 4th partition was marked as bootable (leaving windows MBR partition not marked as bootable.) despite having a valid bootloader windows couldn't boot from vmware. I marked the 3rd (windows) partition as bootable in the MBR, and reverted the linux VM to be GPT aware as outlined above via a hand-crafted linux-pt.vmdk file. The Linux VM boots at this point. Recreating the Windows VM so that Fusion re-ripped the MBR off the physical hard disk to place in the Boot Camp-pt.vmdk file now results in a bootable windows VM. Horray!
In summary and as I understand it, Windows MUST reside in partitions 2, 3, or 4 (EFI is part 1), as it must boot from MBR unless you have x64 Vista, 7, 2003 or 2008. Even these will not boot via GPT within VMWare as VMware emulates a BIOS, and they are only GPT capable when EFI booted. All other VM's can reside where-ever they wish if you do the GPT table trickery described above.
*** VMware enhancement... please make EFI VM's an option?
Thank you continuum for all your assistance!!!