nebosite
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Failed to connect pipe to virtual machine: All pipe instances are busy.

My vmware player locked up recently when I turned on unity mode and I had to reboot my machine to get it back.   Now when I try to power on my image, I get this error:

     Failed to connect pipe to virtual machine: All pipe instances are busy.

I am running Windows 11 and this image has worked fine before. 

I have tried deleting all the .lck, .lock, and .vmem files and then rebooting my computer (a couple of times), but I am still getting this error.   I don't know what to do now.  

 

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aarondroid
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Same thing happened to me today. VM locked up after disconnecting USB device. When trying to suspend or shut down the VM I received a message saying it was busy. So I killed the task and restarted and now get the same message you do.

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aarondroid
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So yeah, restarted computer. Issue fixed lol

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nebosite
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Weird,  my error eventually went away.   Maybe I rebooted again or something.   *shrug*

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aarondroid
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there's another post in the community with the same fix.

Windows probably: It's my pipe you can't have it!

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coinoperated
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Next time try killing (Task Manager) the Player then kill the background task 'VMWare Workstation VMX' (may be called  something else in Player). I use Workstation and have run into the same issue. Or reboot - whatever floats your boat.

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