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DanYHKim


Joined: 14 Sep 2008
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PostPosted: Sat 27 Sep 2008, 06:08    Post subject: The Dreaded "Unable to Stop Services"
Subject description: Does anyone know what this is about?
 

I had the same problem, and never found a simple solution. The only install of VMware Player that worked for me is the one I described in this thread, using the patch by jcoder24.

Are you doing it that way?

I don't understand enough myself to be able to figure it out on my own, but the vminstall.sh seems to work out, so I'm not worried too much.
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jcoder24


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Location: Barbados

PostPosted: Sat 27 Sep 2008, 21:44    Post subject: Re: VMPlayer VM RAM allocation problem
Subject description: Puppy is vmplayer host WinXP guest, Machine hangs if VM RAM>256M
 

rrolsbe wrote:
when I try to increase the VM memory to something larger than 256MB (IE 512MB or 1GB) the Puppy CPU utilization hits 100% and the machine basically hangs.


Most likely that is casing puppy to start swapping. Make sure that you have enough ram and/or that puppy is seeing it all. You can use the 'free' command to check on memory usage.

kurtkiller wrote:
Stopping VMware services:
Virtual machine monitor done
Unable to stop services for VMware Player

Execution aborted.


I thought I had answered this somewhere on the forum before but can't seem to find it. It's been so long that I can't remember what the fix was but you can try the following before running vmware-config.pl or the vminstall script.

/etc/init.d/vmware stop
[ `ps | grep -ic vmnet` -gt 0 ] && kill -9 `ps | grep -i vmnet | gawk '{ print $1 }'`
rmmod vmnet
rmmod vmmon
rmmod vmblock

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kszp

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PostPosted: Fri 24 Oct 2008, 12:29    Post subject: VMWARE /tmp problem
Subject description: Not enough space for VMWARE in /tmp
 

Hi,

I'm new in the linux area but finally I've managed to install vmplayer in my Puppy 3.01. Smile I've set up 2 virtual machines with 256M RAM and 500 M disk. On both I have puppy. When I start one of the virtual machine that begins to use my /tmp folder which is mounted as a ramdisk with 351M. Unfortunatelly vmplayer consumed 260M from that and gives a warning that it's running out of space. When I start my second machine all things crash (of course) because of lack of space in /tmp. I have more than 1GB memory in my laptop.

Question: How can I increase the size of /tmp or how can I redirect vmplayer to use another folder for temporary files ?

Has anyone experience in that ?
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DanYHKim


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PostPosted: Tue 27 Jan 2009, 17:51    Post subject: VMware Player 2.05 on Puppy 4.1.2
Subject description: I have a .sfs of this for a frugal install
 

Dunno if people would want this but:

Downloaded Puppy 4.1.2 LiveCD .iso
puppy-4.1.2-k2.6.25.16-seamonkey.iso

Created VMware virtual machine to run from this .iso under VMware Player for Windows (XP Pro SP3) with a 4.7 Gb .vmdk virtual hard drive.

Set up the VM to merge DEVX_410.sfs and the kernel source files for 2.6.25.15

Used the "vminstall.sh" to patch the VMware Player 2.05 installer files

Installed VMware Player 2.05 on the virtual machine.

Reboot and confirm that VMware Player appears in the menu and runs (won't load a virtual machine, since it's running in a VM already).

--Prepare .SFS file --

Reboot the virtual machine with "pfix=ram" parameter
Open the pup_save.2fs archive, and clean out some irrelevant stuff, but mostly keep the /usr directory

Use
makesquashfs /mnt/+mnt/someotherpathstuff/ /mnt/home/vmplayer205.sfs

The .sfs is successfully created!

---
Testing

Copy vmplayer205.sfs to a puppy 4.1.2-bootable USB drive
Boot my Latitude D820 to Puppy, and set bootmanager to add the vmplayer205.sfs

NOTE: This instance of Puppy 4.1.2 does not have any other tools installed. It is just a frugal install from the LiveCD

Reboot

VMware Player appears in the menu, loads, and will load and run a Windows 2000 virtual machine that lives on my hard drive.

(NOTE: I will address a problem with NTFS drives containing guest VMs in the next post here)

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If anyone is interested, I can upload my .sfs somewhere.
uh. . . I don't know where such files are supposed to be sent for access by this forum. Any help?
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DanYHKim


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PostPosted: Tue 27 Jan 2009, 17:57    Post subject: Problem with a Virtual Machine living on a NTFS drive
Subject description: Add one line to your .vmx file to solve this
 

After running VMware Player 2.05 in Puppy 4.1.2, I tried to run a Windows 2000 virtual machine that is on the hard drive of my laptop. I got an annoying message:

VMware Player unrecoverable error:(vcpu-0)
Failed to allocate page for guest RAM!

After some searching, I learned that this is a problem when the guest VM is on an NTFS drive. It is solved by adding a line to your .vmx file:

mainmem.UseNamedFile = "FALSE"

Don't know what this is about, but it works, so I am happy.
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techtype

Joined: 16 Nov 2008
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PostPosted: Tue 27 Jan 2009, 18:30    Post subject: VMware Player SFS  

I would like to try your SFS file, could you upload it to Rapidshare?
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DanYHKim


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PostPosted: Tue 27 Jan 2009, 19:30    Post subject: Download vmware_player-205.sfs
Subject description: VMware Player 2.0.5 for Puppy 4.1.2 (k2.6.25.15)
 

I uploaded the file on my Diino account in a publicly-accessible folder

http://danyhkim.diinoweb.com/files/_OpenFiles/

It's 23.4 Mb

I'd love to know how it turns out.
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