wg99
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Hang on startup

Greetings!

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

Wolf

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a_p_
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Deleting the "OLD-MAGRO2-14550f17.vmss" (suspend state file) will work like a cold reset of the VM.

André

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wg99
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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.

Wolf

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Can you post the new vmware.log file?

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wg99
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attached is the logfile:

start VMware (with all files removed except vmx and vmdk)

hang VMware

Thanks,

Wolf

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Try adding this to the .vmx file:

serial0.startConnected = FALSE

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wg99
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I did as you suggested, however without success.

ProcessExplorere shows vmplayer.exe with 0% CPU usage,  IO's showing 1470/768 IO-Read/IO-Writes w/o change.

Attached is the current logfile and vmx.

Thank you for your time,

Wolf

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Your VM may be corrupted.  Can you power on any other VMs?

wg99
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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.

Wolf

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I would try connecting the .vmdk file as a secondary disk on another Windows VM, and see if you can run chkdsk on it.

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wg99
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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.

Thanks you,

Wolf

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You should add the disk with the VM powered off.

wg99
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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.

Wolf

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