I run a new iMAC 24 (2GB ram) at 1920x1200 resolution under OS X Tiger 10.4.10
The guest is Windows XP Pro. I have had occasional dots in the display which I thought (and Apple agreed) was a hardware problem. Apple replaced the logic board, but the problem persists. I attach a partial screen shot. The pattern repeats over the whole screen.
It seems I can provoke the dots when I enter full screen mode in the guest. Once they appear, they persist until I reboot XP. I am not completely sure what starts the dots, but once they appear they usually also show in OS X when I minimize guest. Sometimes I have to cold boot the whole machine to remove them.
Could I reinstall Fusion on top of the existing install without losing all my settings?
Other than this problem, Fusion is working fine. Any help appreciated
Could I reinstall Fusion on top of the existing
install without losing all my settings?
It might depend on exactly what settings you're referring to, but you could probably do this.
Do you have 3D acceleration in the guest? Does it happen with other guests?
The reason I was asking about other guests (especially different OS families) is because it would help track down whether the issue is related only to XP or is more generic. Another useful test would be to run this same VM on a different machine.
More clues...When guest (XP) is minimized, and I display a slideshow (from an email) in OS X, the dots appear.
If I quit VMware completely, the dots are gone in OS X when I show the same slideshow.
It seems clear to me that the problem is in VMware Fusion. All I can think to do is to reinstall Fusion or wait for a later build?
The transition to full screen is a VM command to take the guest to full screen, not having anything to do with any particular app. Just selecting full screen in guest (VM) triggers the dots. And, when Fusion is running (but minimized) and I run some programs in OS X, the dots appear. So, the fact of Fusion being in RAM, (and in the display memory?) seems to be the source of the problem.