I have been using VM Ware on my Mac OSX for about a year with no problem. All of a sudden, it gives an error: Windows_XPSP2.vmwarevm/Windows_XPSP2.vmx" line 1: Syntax error.
Any suggestions on how I can repair the machine, or retrieve my files? I've read the beginners guide and cannot located the .vmx file (unless it is one named "preferences"), and the Mac Search engine will not bring up a .vmx file.
OK, I tried the right click function to open packets and found two files: importer.vmx and vadk-base.vmx
I saw previous instructions from an old thread that said to create a new virtual machine and link to the old vmx file. I tried that with both of the above and got an error: Insufficient permissions.
I tried to open the vmx files to view text, but it said no permission to access this virtual machine.
Just in case it doesn't...
By default normal file based Fusion Virtual Machines are created in the "~/Documents/Virtual Machines" folder. (Note: Depending on OS ver. and or Fusion ver. there may be a .localized after Virtual Machines which by default the extension is not visible in Finder.)
~ Is your Home Folder
They are placed in a Folder (Bundle Package) with an extension of ".vmwarevm" which by default the extension is not visible in Finder.
Example: "~/Documents/Virtual Machines/Windows XP Professional.vmwarevm" would in Finder just look like an icon named "Windows XP Professional"
You can view the Package Contents of the "Windows XP Professional.vmwarevm" folder by ctrl-click (or right+click) the "Windows XP Professional" icon and select Show Package Contents.
Now select the .vmx and .log files and archive them.
Now drag the Archive.zip file to the Desktop and attach it to a reply post. (Note: You cannot attach files directly from within the Virtual Machine Bundle Package and that's why you're being told to drag it to the Desktop.)
If this doesn't make it any clearer about what I what and how to get it then there is nothing else I can do for you!
Thank you! I can't believe it. That is the first time my documents have ever been recovered from a crash. And, you made it seem so easy. I hope I didn't make you too crazy. Have a wonderful day.
BTW I noticed you have 2 virtual processors selected and unless you're running on a Mac Pro this may actually cause degraded performance so you may want to reset it to using 1 virtual processor however YMMV.
Message was edited by: WoodyZ
Removed old attachment.
How did you fix it?
When Fusion runs, it records the .vmx configuration in the log file. Therefore, given a log file, you can reconstruct the .vmx config (useful for debugging, and helps in cases like this too).
I have the same problem after the VM crashed and won't start again. It would be great, if you could help me. (Or someone else, of course.)
I'll attach the logs and the .vmx file. But maybe you could explain here, how to restore a corrupt .vmx file; then people with this problem could solve it themselves and wouldn't have to bother you or anyone else with it.