Did you validate the MD5/SHA1 checksum of the ISO Image you downloaded before starting the install? Also DO NOT use Easy Install and instead select "I will install the operating system later."!
BTW If you want to attach screen shot you should do it as a graphic image file not as a word processing document!
I agree with WoodyZ, check the installation (Linux) image. You may also want to read VMware KB: Understanding the message: The CPU has been disabled by the guest operating system for details about this message.
Yes I validated the ISO image. As I mentioned, the issue is not specific to this particular ISO. So how not installing OS initially solves the issue??! All I have is a blank VMDK file.
Whenever I try to install OS, I'd run into the same issue.
Btw it's just easier for me to manipulate the image in WORD, which I have always open.
So how not installing OS initially solves the issue??! All I have is a blank VMDK file.
I think you misunderstood this. What WoodyZ said was just not to use the "Easy Install" feature (i.e. select the ISO in the installation wizard) but select "I will install the operating system later." and after initially creating the VM run the installation with booting off the ISO image. What "Easy Install" does is trying to setup the guest OS with some defaults which - depending on the guest OS (version, kernel, ...) could result in different issues, e.g. the one you see.
I did, but even after not doing the "Easy Install", I ran the installation & I'm getting the same error!
Btw the VM KB was not much help either.
To find out what might cause this issue, please provide some detials:
- what's the reason you are using VMware Player 3.x, doesn't your hardware support a newer version (e.g. no VT-x support)
- is it possible do download the Linux version you are trying to install, to see whether the issue is reproducible
- please use the advanced editor and attach the VM's vmware.log file
Which OS are you tryining to install?
Take a minute to look in VMware Compatibility Guide: Guest/Host Search, and try to upgrade to at least 3.1.4 if your system does not support 64 bits direct execution.
Upgrading VMplayer did the job. Thanks for your help!