Doing some research on this issue, I found in the VMWare Knowledge Base (VMware KB: Windows device manager shows yellow bang for VMCI device ) that it says: "This probably indicates that the VMware VMCI Bus device driver is missing. The incomplete VMCI device might be displayed in the Other Devices section of Device Manager as the Base System Device, a generic Windows name." This is exactly what I am getting. I don't think that I want to install the VMWare Tools on my reference machine, do i? Can I disable the device in Device Manager, or just ignore it? Thank you.
I think you can just ignore it. VMware tools is not recommended to be installed on the reference machine.
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Did you try using the Hardware IDs to find what driver you need for this device? To find out what this unknown device is, follow these steps.
Step 1 - Find out what this device is.
1. Open Device Manager
2. Expand Other Devices
3. Right click Base System Device, on popup menu, select Properties.
4. Click Details tab, click the dropdown box and select Hardware IDs.
5. Copy all Hardware IDs and paste in a notepad.
6. Go to www.pcidatabase.com and enter Vendor and Device IDs.
For Vendor ID = 1180
For Device ID = E822
7. Check the Search Result to know what device this unknown Base System Device is.
If you have identified this unknown device, download the driver on the manufacturer site by searching the Model ID of your computer.
Another option is to use DriverFinder Pro, this is a driver update tool that scans missing and out-of-date drivers in your devices. Very easy to use and less time consuming.
Wow, that's a great resource, thank you! I followed your instructions and found that the Base System Device is VMWare items. Thanks again.
did you install vmware tools to fix this or did you just leave it with the error?
What I wound up doing was to disable/uninstall the device to get rid of it, then take a snapshot so it is saved without the device, or I when I restart each time, I just go into device manager and get rid of it before I do a capture since the VMWare tools aren't recommended to be installed on the reference machine, and you don't want to capture the error. It only takes a moment to get rid of the device by uninstalling it.
I captured a couple layers with the error and i dont seem to be having any problems.
Just A tip and I believe this is the fix for your issue. The driver exists and it is sitting in C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\vmci . If you go to Device Manager and right-click the Device, then click "Update Driver" and point it to the location above, It should install it successfully. It always worked for me
Thanks...this fixed my issue.