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    "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop

    ghamel Lurker

      I saw the replies to this issue in the "VMware Fusion Beta" forum (which is locked), but nothing for this forum.

       

      Every time that I boot into my virtual machine, I get the ~32 requests to install the "PCI to PCI Bridge" driver. 

      All of them fail, and for all of them I check the "don't prompt me agin" box.

       

      After going through the installation procedure enough times, I eventually stop seeing the "PCI to PCI Bridge" notification.  However, if I then reboot my VM, I get the new hardware installation requests all over again.

       

      I am using a VM that was imported from a bootcamp partition.

      VM is running Windows XP Pro SP3

      I'm running on a MacBook Pro using Mac OS 10.5.5.

      I just upgraded from VMware Fusion 1.1.3. 

       

       

      Any thoughts?

        • 1. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
          Guru

          Did you update Tools?

          • 2. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
            ghamel Lurker

            Immediately after upgrading, I booted into my VM.  When prompted to update the VM itself, I said yes.  Then, after booting into Windows, I immediately updated VMware Tools. 

             

            Since then, I have tried repairing the installation (didn't help).  I just recently completely uninstalled and then reinstalled VMware Tools.  After rebooting, I again received the "PCI to PCI Bridge" messages and so I shut the machine down while waiting for replies to this thread.

             

            I'll try clicking through all the dialogs again and see what happens...

            • 3. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
              ghamel Lurker

              I finished running the new hardware installer again.  The issue still persists.

               

              I'm a bit surprised that an issue like this would make it through to the final release - especially after showing up fairly prominently in the beta's discussion forums... That's embarrassing.

              • 4. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
                Marko T. Lurker

                I have got the same problem with my sytem after upgrading to VMware Fusion 2.0. Have you found a solution for that embarressing PCI to PCI Loop. By the way I have to install all my hardware (like system clock) after rebooting the Windows XP. Have you come across with another community article?

                • 5. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
                  ChrisEdgington Novice

                   

                  I have the same problem. My VM is my bootcamp partition on my MBP running 10.5.5. Upgraded from Fusion 1.1.3. Continuous PCI to PCI bridge notices from XP.

                   

                   

                  -Chris

                   

                   

                  • 6. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
                    ChrisEdgington Novice

                     

                    Clicking through all the prompts for installing the bridge eventually ends ... probably 30+ times that you have to do it though. Now everything is working fine in 2.0 for me.

                     

                     

                    -Chris

                     

                     

                    • 7. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
                      ghamel Lurker

                      OK - after upgrading to Fusion 2.0, when I first started my old VM, I was prompted to upgrade the VM itself.  I said yes to the upgrade. In addition, I initially tried to enable the "advanced 3D support".  After I first noticed the "PCI to PCI Bridge" prompts, I disabled this option, but it didn't seem to make any difference.

                       

                      Today, I noticed the "Downgrade Virtual Machine..." item under the "Virtual Machine" menu.  I selected this and downgraded my VM.  After rebooting, I installed VMware Tools again (actually, it did a "repair" of the old installation).  Now, everything seems to be fine.  I am running Fusion 2.0, but I am no longer prompted to install the "PCI to PCI Bridge". 

                       

                      So, I'm not sure what "Upgrading" the Virtual Machine is supposed to accomplish, but things seem to be OK for me now.

                      • 8. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
                        tuaris Novice

                         

                        I would like to add that I also recive this after upgrading the virtual hardware on a Windows XP Pro SP2 guest on VMware Server 2.0 to hardware version 7.  VMware tools were upgraded, with no change.

                         

                         

                        Also reciving this problem on a Windows ME guest on VMware 6.5 to hardware version 6.5.  I am unable to upgrade VMWare tools.

                         

                         

                        • 9. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
                          bigstick Novice

                          This is a continual problem for me. It started when I installed the beta, and has persisted through the final release. VMWare - please note that this is not a one-time issue. I have dismissed all 32 notifications more times than I care to remember and would have thought you would have had a proper fix for this with the final version.

                           

                          Dismissing the dialogs once is fine, but every time the VM starts is more than annoying. In fact it looks just like a 'bug' to me.The range of hardware that is supported is not huge, so it ought to be possible to get a driver which works. I switched to Fusion from Parallels, and it doesn't have this problem.

                           

                           

                           

                          Can we have a fix please?

                           

                           

                          • 10. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
                            Pat Lee Master
                            VMware Employees

                            If Windows XP isn't loading your the drivers correctly for the PCI to PCI Bridge, it sounds like the Windows Driver Cache could be corrupt as this is a standard Windows driver.

                             

                            To rebuild the Windows driver cache, do the following:

                             

                            Start your virtual machine and log in if necessary.  Immediately (before clicking on anything in new hardware wizard) go to Start > Run, and start cmd.exe.  Then do

                             

                            c:

                            cd \windows\inf

                            del infcache.1

                            exit

                             

                            After that click on 'Next' in hardware wizard.  It will take a looong time since the whole infcache needs to be regenerated, but after that it should install driver for first new device.  After installing first device when asked to click 'Finish',  just restart the virtual machine.

                             

                            After restarting Windows, log in again, and you will hopefully have prompt-less installation of drivers for all hardware you have...

                             

                            Once that phase completes (icon with two screwdrivers or what it should mean in the corner disappears) then it necessary to go to Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager, and right click and ask for 'update driver' for all devices for which he already selected 'do not ask me again' when things were broken and just click twice on Next> button, and then once 'Finish'.

                             

                            Hope that helps.

                             

                            Pat

                            • 11. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
                              gwsat Enthusiast

                              Pat -- After I upgraded from Fusion 1.3 to 2.0 earlier today I got in the infamous PCI to PCI Bridge loop.  I then came here looking for help and found this thread.  I followed your instructions to delete the infcache.1 file and then restart the Virtual Machine rather than clicking finish after the installation of the new PCI stuff was complete.  It didn't work.  I continue to have the PCI to PCI Bridge loop.  I also get a Windows message every time recommending that I stop installation because PCI standard to PCI Bridge "had not passed Windows Logo testing."  I told it to continue installation, anyway, but I remain in the loop.  What else can I do?  This is a real mess that I can't get solved and hope that VMware can do something about.

                              • 12. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
                                bigstick Novice

                                I'm still in the PCI bridge loop hell I'm afraid. The instructions didn't really change anything so I have a similar situation to gwsat.

                                 

                                This is an annoying glitch that we really shouldn't be having. Come on, let's have a 'proper' fix please

                                • 13. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
                                  bigstick Novice

                                  Still no response, still no fix. This is embarrassing. Come on VMWare - we need a fix. I have about 16 entries in Device manager for PCI to PCI bridge, yet every time I start the VM I am still prompted for a driver for it. We need a fix.

                                  • 14. Re: "PCI to PCI Bridge" detected in loop
                                    RDPetruska Guru
                                    vExpertUser Moderators

                                     

                                    bigstick wrote:

                                    Still no response, still no fix. This is embarrassing. Come on VMWare - we need a fix. I have about 16 entries in Device manager for PCI to PCI bridge, yet every time I start the VM I am still prompted for a driver for it. We need a fix.Only 16 more to go, then.  There are 32 of them.

                                     

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