About 5 month ago I backedup a WinXP PC with 2 disks and run it with VMWarePlayer, worked fine.
Turning off was done with suspend I guess.
It run well with Version 3 and 4
A few day ago I started VMWarePlayer with the sayed WinXP - however VMwarePlayer hangs at startup.
I just see a short message 'VMWarePlayer loading..' or so and then ... black screen ... nothing happens. I let it run a long time, nothing.
I tried it also with VMwarePlayer 5 with no success.
I have attached vmware.log, maybe someone can give me a hint.
Thanks for reading
Deleting the "OLD-MAGRO2-14550f17.vmss" (suspend state file) will work like a cold reset of the VM.
Thank you André, I did what you suggested, however with no success.
I actually deleted all files except the vmx and vmdk, but VMware still hangs when loading.
Can you post the new vmware.log file?
Try adding this to the .vmx file:
serial0.startConnected = FALSE
Your VM may be corrupted. Can you power on any other VMs?
Yes, several other VM's (WinXP, Win7, Linux) are running very well.
The strange thing is that I have the same problem with a backup of the VM.
I would try connecting the .vmdk file as a secondary disk on another Windows VM, and see if you can run chkdsk on it.
I connected 'OLD-MAGRO2.vmdk' as hard disk;
when confirming and coming back to the 'Virtual Machine Settings', I see 'New Hard Disk (IDE)' but w/o size.
Clicking [OK] a message pops up:
IDE virtual disks cannot be hot added.
Failed to add disk ide0:0.
Could not add device ide0:0.
Pushing [OK] 'Virtual Machine Settings' window closes.
I have attached the logfile.
You should add the disk with the VM powered off.
OK, finally I found time to contine with the recovery-attempts...
I have added hard disk OLD-MAGRO2.vmdk and OLD-MAGRO2-0.vmdk
The disks are shown in 'Virtual Machine Settings' as
Hard Disk (IDE) 149.1GB
Hard Disk 2 (IDE) 111.8GB
With windows explorer I see drive E: F: G: H:
Clicking E: I get
Cannot access E:
File or Folder corrupt or unreadable.
Same thing with F: G: and H:
When I use chkdsk E: it complains
"Filesystem type is NTFS
Unable to determine volume version and state, chkdsk aborted".
I guess I have to accept the fact that for whatever reason the original and the backup of the vmdk's are corrupt.
In the future I will *backup* my system not just create a vmdk.
Thank you for your time.