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Updated Sept. 30, 2013

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VMware Fusion is a virtual machine application for Mac OS X on Intel-powered Macs. Like Parallels Desktop, it can run Windows XP and Windows Vista, Linux, and other x86 operatings systems while allowing access to Mac OS X.

VMware also lets you drag files in between guest operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and Solaris. VMware Fusion also has a feature called Virtual Battery, which passes along the state of a notebook’s remaining battery power to Windows native power display.

VMware can use both CPUs in a dual-core processor, and you can assign up to four virtual CPUs to a single virtual machine (provided the Mac has that many processor cores). Fusion supports isochronous USB, including USB cameras.

(See also our Parallels Tips and Reports page.)

If you’ve tried the VMware Fusion how it worked for you.

Version History

VMware Fusion 6.0.1 fixes bugs

Monday, September 30, 2013

VMware has released VMware Fusion 6.0.1, a maintenance update to the virtualization software for OS X. The update fixes some bugs in the recently released version 6.0, including one that causes VMware Fusion 6 to crash when opening, an incompatibility with certain USB audio devices, and a problem with graphics when switching between spaces in single-window mode.

The Fusion 6.01 update also improves detection of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 media and improves support for running Windows from Boot Camp partitions specifically on 2013 Macs.

See also VMware Fusion 6 updates for new OS's, enterprise features.

VMware Fusion 6 updates for new OS, enterprise features

Friday, September 6, 2013

VMware has release VMware 6 ($60) and VMware 6 Pro ($130), new versions of its virtualization software for OS X Macs. VMware 6 adds support for Windows 8.1 and OS X 10.9 Mavericks, both as the host OS and in a virtual machine. It also streamlines the installation of Windows. The Pro version enables IT administrators to place restrictions on virtual machines…(Read entire story here.)

VMware Fusion beta runs OS X 10.8, Win 8 in VM

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

VMware is offering VMware Fusion Technology Preview 2012, a free pre-release version of an upcoming version of its virtualization software for Mac OS X. The Tech Preview can run Apple's OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview in a virtual machine, as well as the Windows 8 Community Preview. VMware says that the Tech Preview does not include major new features, but does include "changes to the underlying virtualization platform that are under active development and investigation." The Tech Preview can be installed alongside a released, stable version of VMware Fusion, although only one copy can be run at a time.

If you've tried VMware Fusion Technology Preview 2012 what you think of it.

VMware Fusion 4.1.2 fixes 20 bugs

Monday, April 23, 2012

VMware released Fusion 4.1.2, a maintenance update for the virtualization software for running Windows and other OS's on a Mac. The update fixes over 20 bugs, including problems with virtual memory errors ("The Virtual Machine is unable to reserve memory") and a problem printing in Lion. Version 4.1.2 also includes and update to the McAfee VirusScan software for Windows. See also the change log for more details. VMware Fusion 4 runs on Mac OS X 10.6.7 and later.

VMware Fusion 4.1 and 4.1.1 enables, then disables, OS X 10.5, 10.6 support

Monday, November 28, 2011

VMWare has issued the VMware Fusion 4.1.1 update to its virtualization software for Mac OS X, removing the ability to run the non-server versions of Leopard and Snow Leopard in a virtual machine. VMware also blocked the download of the previous version, 4.1, from its download page--clicking the Download button brings up an error message, Invalid Download Group.......Read entire story here

VMware Fusion 4 adds Lion and Windows 8 support, performance

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hot on the heals of the the release of Parallels Desktop 7, VMware has shipped VMware Fusion 4, a major update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The new version has 90 new features, including the ability to host virtual machines containing Lion and the new Windows 8 developer preview as guest OS's. VMware Fusion 4 is available for a discounted US. $50 until end of year, with an $80 price tag after that.......Read entire story here

VMware Fusion 3.1.3 update for Win 7 SP1, bug fixes

Monday, June 6, 2011

VMware has released VMware Fusion 3.1.3, a fairly major maintenance update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The update fixes over 40 bugs and improves support for virtual machines running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 32-bit and 64-bit. It also improves the reliability of accessing shared files on the Mac host, and updates the Windows WDDM video driver for improved stability. Version 3.1.3 also improves handling of smartphones in Windows and adds support for Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04 32-bit and 64-bit Linux......Read entire story here

VMware Fusion 3.1.2 fixes problems with Outlook 2007, OS X Server

Monday, December 6, 2010 -- VMware has issues VMware Fusion 3.1.2, a maintenance update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The update fixes 14 bugs and glitches, including a problem with Outlook 2007 in Unity mode, a problem switching from full screen mode to single window mode, and an issue with hand-held USB devices in Windows XP. It also fixes a problem booting Mac OS X Server running in a virtual machine, and plugs some security issues.

If VMware Fusion 3.1.2 fixes any issues for you

VMware Fusion 3.1.1 runs vSphere in a VM

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 -- VMware has released Fusion 3.1.1, a maintenance update to the virtualization software for Intel Macs. The update enables users of VMware Fusion to run VMware vSphere 4.1 as a guest OS on a Mac. vSphere is sometimes referred to as a "cloud computing OS." The update also fixes a problem accessing iSight cameras and a problem with recording audio when the sample rate was not 44.1 kHz. The VMware Fusion 3.1.1 is available from the Software Update feature within VMware within Fusion 3.x.

VMware Fusion 3.1 focuses on big performance gains

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 -- Today, VMware released VMware Fusion 3.1, a substantial under-the-hood update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X. VMware said the update increases graphics performance by a factor of 5 over Fusion 3.0, improves general performance by 35 percent, and increases the speed of various tasks. The new version also improves use with Boot Camp, fixes problems with Migration Assistant that readers had reported, and includes over 20 other improvements......Read entire story here

VMware Fusion update tweaks Snow Leopard Server guests

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 -- VMware has released VMware Fusion 3.0.2, a maintenance update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The update addresses a problem with running Mac OS X 10.6 Server in a virtual machine.

VMware Fusion 3.0.1 update addresses performance

Friday, December 18, 2009 -- VMware has released VMware Fusion 3.0.1, a free maintenance update of the virtualization software for Mac OS X on Intel Macs. Many of the improvements address version 3.0 performance issues, as well as over 50 bug fixes. These include improved 3D and video performance (up to 80 percent in Snow Leopard, according to the company), through a new WDDM driver and 3D "backend improvements." It also fixes slow performance caused by older VMware Tools and the Virtual Machine Library.

Other improvements include:

  • Networking subsystem now 64-bit native
  • Full support for Ubuntu 9.10 32-bit & 64-bit editions
  • The ability to import Parallels Desktop 5 virtual machines
  • Shared/Mirrored Folders Improvements: Incompatibilities with Zone Alarms AV & Outlook 2007 Preview mode resolved.

The 3.0.1 update is available from the Check for Updates command in the software's VMware Fusion menu. (See also VMware Tips and Reports for more on Fusion.)

VMware Fusion 3 beefs up support for Win 7, Snow Leopard, graphics, and performance

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 -- Yesterday, VMware released VMware Fusion 3 (US $80), a major new version of the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The new version improves CPU and graphics performance for Snow Leopard hosts and Windows 7 guests. It also can automate OS migration from a real PC into a virtual machine, and further integrates Windows applications into the Mac OS X interface.

VMware Fusion 3 is notable as the first product that can run the Windows 7 and Vista Aero 3D graphics features of on a Mac. This includes the Aero theme and Flip 3D and the new Aero Peak feature--the full Windows 7 experience on a Mac. Fusion 3 is also the first Mac virtualization product to support Microsoft's DirectX 9 Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1, making it a better environment in which to run PC games...
...Read entire story here

VMware Fusion 2.0.6 update for Snow Leopard, with upgrade tip

Thursday, October 8, 2009 -- VMware has released VMware Fusion 2.0.6, a maintenance update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The release is a free upgrade for owners of VMware Fusion versions 1.x and 2.x. The update fixes over 20 bugs, including problems when running on a Mac OS X 10.6.x Snow Leopard host (in 32-bit kernel mode). It also improves the performance of 3D graphics on Macs with NVIDIA graphics hardware.

VMware also said that users upgrading to this version will need to manually update VMware Tools, which gets installed in the guest OS. VMware said:

VMware Tools does not get updated automatically when you upgrade from VMware Fusion 2.0.5 to VMware Fusion 2.0.6. For VMware Tools, automatic updates or updates from within a virtual machine do not work after you upgrade from VMware Fusion 2.0.5 to VMware Fusion 2.0.6. This means that you cannot update VMware Tools from the guest by clicking Update Tools in the VMware Tools Properties dialog. To do a manual update, select Virtual Machine > Install VMware Tools from the VMware Fusion menu bar.

VMware Fusion 2.0.5 update fixes 80 bugs

Thursday, June 25, 2009 -- VMware has released VMware Fusion 2.0.5, a maintenance update of the virtualization software for Intel Mac. The company says that the update fixes 80 bugs, and reduces CPU usage when a guest operating system is idle.

Also new is the ability to run Mac OS X Server as a guest operating systems on Macs with Intel Xeon 5500 and 3500 Series processors (based on Nehalem micro-architecture). The release notes also mention "experimental" support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server as a guest operating system, the previous version also supported Snow Leopard Server. Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard client is supported as a host operating system (32-bit only). The update also now supports Ubuntu 9.04 as a guest operating system, including features the VMware Tools pre-built modules.

VMware Fusion 2.0.4 plugs security hole

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 -- VMware released VMware Fusion 2.0.4, and maintenance update for the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The update fixes a security issue where hostile code from a guest operating system could run code on the host OS, Mac OS X. The update is the second maintenance update this month for VMware Fusion.

VMware Fusion 2.0.3 fixes printing issues

Friday, April 3, 2009 -- Yesterday, VMware posted VMware Fusion 2.0.3, and update to its virtualization software for Mac OS X. The update fixes a printing problem caused by Apple's Mac OS X Security Update 2009-001, as well as another printer issue. The update also adds "experimental" support for the lastest developer build of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

The Apple Security Update caused a problem in Fusion where shared printers would disappear from Windows, on Mac OS X 10.5.6. This occurs with driverless printing. VMware says that users who had reconfigured printing as a workaround should turn on the driverless printing feature again in Virtual Machines>Settings: Select Printers and check the Enabled box. VMware Fusion 2.0.3 also fixes a problem where this driverless printing feature would get deselected automatically.

VMware Fusion 2.0.3 is free upgrade for owners of VMware Fusion 1 and VMware Fusion 2.

VMware Fusion 2.0.2 fixes bugs with OS X 10.5.6, Windows

Monday, February 16, 2009 -- VMware released VMware Fusion 2.0.2, a maintenance update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The update adds a few feature improvements and fixes various bugs with running Windows on a Mac, and with running Mac OS X Server as a guest operating system. The version now supports running on Mac OS X 10.5.6, according to VMware, and improves support for Mac OS X Server in virtual machines. The update does not fix an incompatibility with CheckPoint SecureClient for Mac... Read entire story here

VMware Converter 4 migrates Win to VM on Macs and others

Monday, February 16, 2009 -- VMware just posted its latest version of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.0, a new version of the free software that can import physical Windows and Linux installations into virtual machines. The Converter software runs on Windows and Linux, but the resulting virtual machines can run on any VMware virtualization package, including VMware Fusion for Mac OS X... Read entire story here

VMware Fusion 2.0.1 addresses performance , stability issues

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 --VMware has released VMware Fusion 2.0.1, a maintenance update that fixes several dozen issues surrounding performance, stability, and various other bugs. VMware released Fusion 2.0 in September as a major new version with a number of new features.

If you've tried the VMware Fusion 2.0.1 update if it fixes any problems you've seen.

VMware Fusion 2.0 first look: Time Machine-like functionality, tighter Mac, Linux integration

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 -- After releasing several public betas this summer, VMware yesterday shipped VMware Fusion 2.0, a major new version of the virtualization software for Mac OS X on Intel Macs. The new version includes over 100 new features, including tighter integration of Windows and Linux with Mac OS X, better 3D graphics support, and on-the-fly resizing of virtual disks. And a combination of new features gives Fusion 2.0 functionality similar to Leopard's Time Machine, enabling a user to restore Windows to one of many previously saved state. VMware Fusion 2.0 a free upgrade for current Fusion owners...

VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1 features multi monitors, DirectX 9

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 -- Yesterday, VMware released VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1, a prerelease issue of the next major version of the virtualization environment for Mac OS X. The release features a number of new features, including "true support" for multiple monitors and improved 3D graphics, and better integration of the Windows apps with the Mac OS X interface. The beta is available for the public to test as a free...

Read entire story here

VMware Fusion 1.1.2 fixes for MacBook Air, Time Machine, XP SP3

Monday, April 28, 2008 -- VMware has released Fusion 1.1.2, a free update to its virtualization environment for Intel Macs. The update adds a number of bug fixes and enhancements, including fixing some incompatibilities with the MacBook Air and adding support for Apple's Time Machine and Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Fusion 1.1.2 fixes a problem where Fusion would crash when running on a MacBook Air if a virtual DVD drive was connected to the virtual machine but a DVD drive was not connected to the MacBook Air. The update also adds the ability to burn CD/DVDs from a guest operating system using the MacBook Air's external USB SuperDrive.

VMware Fusion 1.1.2 now allows Leopard's Time Machine to back up virtual machines in Mac OS X 10.2. The update also adds support for running Windows XP SP3 Boot Camp partitions in a virtual machine. (Click here for more on Windows XP Service Pack 3.)

Other bug fixes in Fusion 1.1.2 include the following:

  • When shutting down the virtual machine, connected USB devices is be available to the Mac.
  • Fixes bug with wireless bridged networking not being able to obtain an IP address from a DHCP server
  • Fixes a sound problem where only the default speaker worked
  • Fusion will no longer crash when pressing certain keys on the new slim Apple Aluminum Keyboard

For more on Fusion, see our VMware Fusion Tips and Reports page.

If you've used VMware Fusion 1.1.2

VMware Fusion 1.1.1 fixes bugs and adds workaround for Apple bug in Leopard

Thursday, January 31, 2008 -- VMware has released VMware Fusion 1.1.1, a maintenance update for the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The update fixes 15 issues reported by customers, including several problems with Leopard reported on our VMware Fusion Tips ands Reports page. It also builds in a workaround for a bug in Leopard itself.

Fusion 1.1.1 fixes the problem in Leopard where VMware Fusion crashing when it is launched. (The workaround had been to delete the plist.) The update also fixes a problem with FileVault in which the system could become unresponsive when suspending a virtual machine.

VMware Fusion 1.1.1 also includes a built-in workaround to a bug in Leopard that can cause Mac OS X to freeze. VMware describes it:

As a workaround for Apple bug 5679432 (Mac OS X hang under heavy disk load when unbuffered I/O is in use), VMware Fusion 1.1.1 disables unbuffered disk I/O on Mac OS X 10.5 hosts, even when the user selects Optimize for Mac OS application performance in VMware Fusion preferences.

VMware also identified another Leopard bug, for which there is no workaround:

A bug in the operating system would, in some cases, result in all applications running with root privileges following a upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5.1, instead of how the user originally set them. This would prevent VMware Fusion from reading its own files. This has been reported to Apple to be addressed in a future release.

VMware Fusion 1.1.1 also adds a new feature to automatically remap keyboard command when switching between Mac OS X and Windows. VMware describes it:

For example, VMware Fusion remaps Command -X to Ctrl-X in the virtual machine whether in full screen, single window or Unity. The same remapping happens for Command-Z/-C/-V/-P/-A/-F. Previously, VMware Fusion only did this remapping in Unity mode.

If you've tried version VMware Fusion 1.1.1 if it fixed (or caused) any problems.

VMware beta utility converts VPC7 virtual machines

Monday, January 14, 2008-- VMware has posted VMware Importer Beta 2, and new prerelease version of a utility to converts third-party-created, Mac-based virtual machines to run under VMware Fusion. This new version can convert virtual machines created by Microsoft Virtual PC 7 for PowerPC Macs to run under VMware Fusion on Intel Macs. The Virtual PC 7 virtual machines can be running Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows XP Service Pack 2, or Windows Server 2003.

As with the previous version, VMware Importer Beta 2 can also import virtual machines created by Parallels Desktop running Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server, and Vista.

Last fall, we reported a method (somewhat complicated) of salvaging the copy of Windows used in Virtual PC for use with Boot Camp, Parallels, or VMware.

VMwares ships Fusion 1.1 with Leopard, Vista improvements

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 -- VMware yesterday released VMware Fusion 1.1 (US$60, free upgrade), an update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and Windows Vista, including support for Vista Boot Camp partitions in VMware Fusion virtual machines. There is also "experimental support" for Windows DirectX 9.0 graphics, though shaders are not yet supported.

This release version of Fusion 1.1 contains the features of the beta and of October's release candidate. These other features are listed in the two articles directly below.

VMware releases a Leopard-ready Fusion 1.1 release candidate

Friday, October 26, 2007 -- VMware issued VMware Fusion 1.1 Release Candidate, an update to its software for running Windows in Mac OS X. The company said it would do a final 1.1 release shortly after Leopard ships at 6pm today. Version 1.1 adds full compatibility with and optimization for Leopard, as well as adding a number of improvements. These include:

Improvements to Unity (which hides the Windows desktop). My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places, Control Panel, Run, and Search are now available in the Applications menu, Dock menu, and the Launch Applications window.

  • Support for Microsoft Vista Boot Camp partitions in a virtual machine
  • Improved support for Windows Vista 32 and 64-bit editions
  • Automatically remount Boot Camp partition after Boot Camp virtual machine is shut down
  • Improved 2D drawing performance, especially on Santa Rosa MacBook Pros
  • Several bug fixes, including a problem where VMware Fusion would use more memory over time

Competitor Parallels has said that its recent Parallels Desktop 3.0 is already compatible with Leopard.

VMware Fusion Beta 1.1 promises DirectX 9.0 3D graphics. Wednesday, September 26, 2007 -- Last night, VMware published a VMware Fusion Beta 1.1, a public beta (prerelease) version of the next version of the virtual machine software for Mac OS X. The new version promises "experimental" support for Windows DirectX 9.0 3D graphics (though without shaders), which is required with some games and to use some of Windows Vista’s featuers. Also in this version is the ability to sync iPhone to Outlook from within Windows.

Other improvements include:

  • Option to show or hide the Windows taskbar and Start menu in the View menu
  • Improved functioning of the Unity feature (which hides the Windows desktop) in Windows Vista 32 and 64-bit editions and Windows XP 64-bit edition
  • Improved Boot Camp partition detection to work around issue where the partition type is incorrectly set
  • User interface improvements
  • Bug fixes

VMware ships Fusion 1.0. August 6, 2007 -- After a seven-month beta period, VMware, Inc., began shipping VMware Fusion 1.0 (US $80) today. VMware Fusion can run Windows XP and Vista, and about 60 other operating systems in Mac OS X on Intel-powered Macs. The company said that Fusion supports dragging and dropping of files between the Mac and the guest OS for most of these 60.

When running Windows, VMware Fusion includes a feature called Unity that hides the Windows desktop, leaving only the Windows applications and document windows displayed. Unity can be used with Mac OS X’s Expose to switch between any Mac or Windows application. Unity also lets you interleave Mac and Windows application windows, so that you could have a Mac window with a Windows window on top of that, and then another Mac window on top. VMware Fusion also let’s you minimize Windows apps to the Mac OS X Dock.

VMware Fusion supports 64-bit operating systems on 64-bit, Intel-based Macs. (Every Mac shipping today is 64-bit. Macs with the older Core Duo processors are 32-bit.) VMware Fusion supports virtual SMP, and can make use of the multiple cores in Intel processors.

VMware is the biggest virtualization software company in the industry, and is a leader in the server-virtualization. But on the Mac, VMware’ release comes over a year after the launch of Parallels Desktop.

VMware Fusion will be the company’s first retail product, and will be available in Apple’s retail stores, CompUSA, and other outlets later in the month. It is also available at Apple’s online store, Amazon.com, and other web outlets, as well as VMware’s own web site.

VMware Fusion Release Candidate 1 is close to shipping version. July 9, 2007 -- VMware has issued VMware Fusion Release Candidate 1, an upgrade to the Beta 4.1 version of the virtualization software for Mac OS X. Although still a prerelease version, RC1 includes all of the features of the shipping version that VMware will release at the end of August.

Like Parallels Desktop, which has been shipping for a year, VMware Fusion can run Windows and other operating systems within Mac OS X on Intel-powered Macs.

VMware Fusion RC1 adds the ability to drag and drop files from OS X Finder windows directly onto Windows applications and into Windows Explorer windows. You can also now launch a Windows application by Control-clicking the Fusion Dock icon to open the Launch Application window, where Windows program icons now appear.

There are also a number of keyboard improvements. Fusion now supports all Mac system keyboard shortcuts, including the Exposé function keys and Command-Tab to switch between Fusion and other Mac apps. Mac OS shortcuts can also be disabled. RC1 supports Control-click for right-button functionality within Windows and Command-click to send a middle mouse click to Windows.

VMware Fusion RC1 fixes a number of bugs, including USB problems with Mac OS X 10.4.10. Suspended-state virtual machines now resume more quickly. Release Candidate 1 also adds a setting that gives you the choice of optimizing memory for Mac OS X applications or for the virtual machine’s virtual disk.

For more details on what’s new in VMware Fusion Release Candidate 1, see VMware’s release notes.

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Reader Reports and Tips


First reader reports of VMware Fusion 1.0 are positive | Top of Page |

August 8, 2007

The first reader reviews of VMware Fusion 1.0 are in and are generally positive. Dan Eveland likes it better than the old Virtual PC for running Windows and Linux:

I have been using VMware Fusion since RC1 every day. Only once have I had a problem. I use Windows XP and Ubuntu and downloaded a cool LAMP appliance. All run great. Even over a wireless network they see the Internet and LAN perfectly. One time, I tried to minimize a window to the dock just as I was booting Ubuntu (it was flashing that BIOS stuff as I did it) after updating the VMware tools. It totally locked up my whole Mac. Other then that, it is super-stable and I rely on it every day.

My previous experience was Virtual PC for Mac 7.0.2 [on a PowerPC Mac]. I found that great, but horribly slow. This is so fast, it's almost stupid. I love it. I am on a 17" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz with 4GB of RAM.

Donald Poorman runs VMware on a Mac OS X server, with a Citrix MetaFrame Windows application server running in the virtual machine:

I was more impressed with it than I was with Parallels. Each product has its strengths, but VMware was much more focused on working in a production environment than Parallels. This is, at least at the time, because the newest version of Parallels had yet to be released. Some highlights of the advantages of Fusion:

Multiple VMs could run at the same time on an OS X platform. Parallels was limited to one at a time. 4 GB RAM per VM allocation. Parallels limited the RAM on its VMs to 1.5GB. VMs could run without the VMware console open, thus allowing a server to run VMs almost as a "service."

Those demands meant a lot to me at the time, because we were actually successfully running a Citrix MetaFrame virtual machine on a Mac OS X Xserve, with 20 concurrent users connected throughout the day.

Talk about integration! It was a great experience.

If you are using Fusion 1.0 what you think of it.

VMware 1.0 issue with DirectX games | Top of Page |

August 11, 2007

Richard Tamesis thinks VMware Fusion 1.0 is fast, but had a problem with Direct X:

Fusion runs Windows XP Professional much faster than Parallels 3.0 on my Mac Book Pro. Unfortunately, all my PC games that require DirectX fail to run on XP under Fusion, so I can't abandon Parallels just yet.

VMware Fusion 1.0 supports DirectX 8.

If you've used VMware 1.0

VMware issue with Boot Camp partition | Top of Page |

August 11, 2007

Alberto Macías has a problem using VMware Fusion 1.0 with a Boot Camp partition:

I found a bug while using VMware 1.0 for booting (detecting) a Boot Camp partition. With other virtual machines no problem.

Error when preparing for Boot Camp partition. After I write my user password this message comes up:

A failure occurred during preprocessing Unknown error

If I retry then the message is different:

Bootcamp preprocessing failed
Drivers for Boot Camp partition may be not loaded

And if I continue:

Cannot open the disk
The file specified is not a virtual disk

If you've seen this problem

TIP: Fix for VMware not finding Boot Camp partition

Monday, September 17, 2007

Alberto Macías sent us a fix for the problem he reported last month with VMware Fusion and a Boot Camp partition:

I found a workaround for VMware, when it can't find the Boot Camp partition. The solution is easy:

The partition table has the wrong file system type. (For example you have NTFS but internally sometimes thinks that is FAT32)

Try doing this in Terminal (assuming your partition is #3):

sudo fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
setpid 3
Choose 07 as the partition type

Extracted from this thread in the VMware bulletin board. It works!

If you've tried this

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Reader says Win apps in Fusion VM faster than PPC apps in Rosetta | Top of Page |

August 29, 2007

Luke Bai sent us his impressions of VMware Fusion 1.0. He says it is faster to run Windows applications in Fusion than to run PowerPC applications (non-Universal) in Mac OS X:

I find it smoother to run Windows XP Pro in full-screen mode rather than with Unity or in a window. Office 2007 is working like charm, flying speed. It actually puts Office 2004 Mac to shame, which runs under Rosetta emulation, which sucks a lot of memory and CPU, and is unbelievably slow.

I also deleted all my non-universal Mac programs, such as Dreamweaver 8 and Flash 8, and installed the native Windows editions. They work far better than Mac non-universal editions. I don't have budget yet to upgrade to CS3. I also run Microsoft OneNote, a Windows program I've relied on and used on PC for years.

What I would love to do is to get an OS X theme for XP, so the programs blend better with my desktop environment.

I would love to upgrade to 2G RAM, then allocate 1G to Windows XP, to make the VMWare Fusion experience even smoother. At moment, as soon as I start VMware, all my other Mac OS X programs start to struggle.

Last word: don't forget about Ubuntu. Mac aficionados now can take advantage of VMware to experience the true power of Ubuntu. I installed it two days ago; it is another mind opening experience.

My iMac has 1 GB of RAM, 250 GB external hard drive on USB 2.0, Intel 950 GMA graphics card. I am running Windows XP Pro with 512M of RAM and a 20 GB virtual machine image (on external hard driver).

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Reader has problem with VMware crashing on OS X 10.4.10 | Top of Page |

NOTE: Apple says that Mac OS X 10.4.11 improves reliability when running VMware Fusion.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Rainer's copy of VMware Fusion is hard crashing his Mac:

I am a Mac user for more than 15 years and need to run two programs for which there are no Mac versions. I bought VM Fusion three weeks ago together with a new MacBook Pro and I am not too happy with it.

The problem is that every day Fusion crashes fatally leaving me no other choice than to hard reset the computer. Support is very helpful and responding to my mails, but so far it does not help, still the same error pops up.

When it works it is brilliant, easy to combine Mac OS and Windows XP, drag 'n drop, right-click, everything works perfectly. Unity view is nice, but I have problems to start programs from my dock, I work mostly in single window view to move files from one os to the other. All this works very neatly. Unfortunately, if I can't get it to stop crashing I will have switch to something else.

I have a MacBook Pro 17-inch, Mac OS X 10.4.10, Windows XP Pro.

If you've seen this problem

Suggestion for VMware crashing; reduce memory setting

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lance Smith offered a fix for a reader's problem of crashing in VMware Fusion:

I've seen your problem before when I've over subscribed the memory for the guest machine. For example, I run a Mac Pro with 5GB of RAM with XP consuming 1GB of that when it needs to. The recommended for the Windows XP instance is 512MB so I double that and get no problems. If I take it up to the max 4GB I do experience issues if I'm running a load on Mac OS X and Windows XP.

If you've tried this


Reader reports VMware Fusion 1.1 crashing with Leopard | Top of Page |

Monday, November 19, 2007

Greg Kyle reports that he can't get VMware Fusion to work with Leopard:

Fusion 1.1 crashes with OS X 10.5. I first installed Fusion 1.0 with OS X 10.4, and have since upgraded to 10.5 and Fusion 1.1. Fusion crashes and forces a hard reset on OS X every single time I use it. Sometimes I'm able to get 10-15 minutes out of it, other times none at all. I used the default of 512 RAM for the XP guest, and also tried bumping that up to 1GB with no luck. I have a new MacBook (3 weeks old) with 2 GB RAM.

If you've seen this problem

A second reader reports VMware crashing with Leopard | Top of Page |

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

An anonymous reader is having a problem with VMware Fusion crashing in Leopard:

I have also had Fusion 1.1 crashing using Leopard and requiring hard reboot. It mainly happens when I shut down Vista and close the virtual machine. One of the error messages I get is "Syntax Error Line 56" when I try to open the Vista VM. I'm off to try Parallels, I've had enough.

If you've seen this problem

Syntax Error in VMWare Fusion

Friday, May 23, 2008

Will Blattner is having problems with VMware in Leopard with a Syntax Error:

Good day, I am having the same problem that one user reported on your website. They said that their problem was on "line 56" and I have an identical problem, except my error is on "line 60".

If you've seen this issue

Tip: Fix for Syntax Error in VMWare

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Will Blattner, who wrote last week about syntax errors in VMware Fusion, found a fix for the problem:

I actually found a solution online that worked. I had to show the package contents on the Windows file, and then open the ".vmx" file in TextEdit and delete the last couple of lines. Then it started up fine.

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A report of VMware crashing in Leopard with Outlook | Top of Page |

Monday, December 10, 2007

Dorian Garrick is seeing the problem of VMware Fusion 1.1 crashing in Leopard, but only with Microsoft Outlook:

I got my first Mac in September and ran Windows XP Pro on Fusion 1.0 on OS X 10.4 with no problems whatsoever. I have 4GB RAM with 1 GB for the VM. I upgraded to Leopard in late Nov and immediately afterwards to Fusions 1.1 and now have kernel faults when running Windows XP Pro. It is sometimes OK for a few minutes. Then I need to restart from VMware. This only seems to happen when I am running Outlook on the Exchange Server from within the Windows XP virtual machine.

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Positive and negative experiences with VMware in Leopard | Top of Page |

Friday, December 14, 2007

We've had some more reports of VMware Fusion 1.1 running in Leopard. One reader is experiencing the crashing that we've been reporting. Another is reporting a slowdown with Leopard, and a third reader is having no problems at all.

John Farrell is experiencing crashing and locking up:

Similar to the reader report of Dec 5th I have experienced the same when using Win XP. Fusion 1.1 crashed when I shut down Win XP requiring a hard reboot. Since then Fusion spins the beach ball when attempting to open the Boot Camp virtual machine and becomes unresponsive. Uninstalling and re-installing did not help. Booting direct from boot camp partition works fine including shut down.

Gordon Fake is not experiencing crashing, but is seeing slower performance in Leopard than in Tiger:

I have been using Fusion for about 3 months. I have been running Windows XP SP2 in a Boot Camp partition on my MacBook for about a year. I purchased Fusion and installed it running Mac OS 10.4.9. It seemed to work pretty well, although it has never seemed quite as fast simply booting up from the Windows partition.

When I received an email from Apple saying my Boot Camp Beta was going to expire on Dec. 31 I upgraded to Leopard. I had already upgraded to Fusion 1.1. Windows now runs much slower. It takes much longer to boot up. I am also not getting DirectX graphics. I only run one program that uses DirectX graphics and I am used to not having them, but it would be nice if it worked. I have not experienced the crashes reported by others.

Steve Humiston is having no problem:

I have a MacBook Pro, 10.5.1 with 2 GB of RAM running VMware Fusion 1.1. I run Windows XP Pro and authenticate through our domain and use Outlook 2007 connected to our Exchange server. I run this from 8-5 M-F. I use a couple of other windows apps regularly as well. I have had ZERO crashes. Mine has run flawlessly.

I should note that we use the CA's Innoculate for company AV...that's always running in the windows session as well. I just did the Outlook 2007 SP1 update minutes ago. All seems fine.

VMware and Leopard; printing and other issues

Friday, January 4, 2008

A reader named Kenneth sent a report about problems with VMware Fusion 1.1 and Leopard 10.5.1. He wasn't seeing crashing as some other readers have reported with Leopard (Tiger didn't have this problem), but Kenneth is having some other problems, including a printing issue:

I've been using Fusion 1.1 with Leopard 10.5.1 on an iMac Intel Core Duo with 2 GB RAM for a few days. I created the virtual machine from Boot Camp. My experience so far has been somewhat mixed

When I was in Unity mode, the computer went to sleep and I could not awaken it without manually shutting it down. Maybe that was because I had both the Mac and the Windows side set to turn off the HD and monitor after 8-10 minutes--I don't know. (I have since turned off the power-savers on the Windows side.) I did an SMC reset by pulling all the cables and power and restarting the machine.

Also, while in Unity, Windows simply froze at one point and I had to force quit Fusion--I couldn't close out Windows any other way.

In the single window mode it has worked pretty well, although something corrupted Windows today. I couldn't get the printer to work. In trying to correct this problem, somehow the Windows firewall turned itself off. I decided to shut Windows down via Fusion, which I was able to do easily, and then reboot Windows, fortunately without having to reboot the machine itself.

The printer issue has been problematic; in general I have two HP printers--a LaserJet 1000 (Windows only) and an inkjet, HP 5500 (Windows and Mac). The HP 5500 works seamlessly in both environments. The HP 1000 keeps getting re-recognized every time I boot Windows through Fusion (but not when I boot Windows directly from Boot Camp) so that there are now 5 HP 1000 printers shown, only one of which is "ready". It may have to do more with this particular printer, since apparently the 1000 requires re-initialization every time you print with it. But I do recall that in Walter Mossberg's original review of Fusion 1.0, even though he preferred Fusion overall to Parallels, he said that the printer recognition was a problem and that it was not intuitive.

I found that if you use the Fusion settings to recognize an external USB HD on the Windows side, it won't see it on the Mac side, and vice-versa.

Overall, I find Fusion to be somewhat slower than Boot Camp. I have tried different allocations of memory for Windows and the Mac, ranging from the recommended 512/1536 to the reverse, but it doesn't seem to matter much. Also, it doesn't seem to affect performance whether it is set to 1 or 2 virtual processors.

I do like the idea of running both systems simultaneously, and haven't seen any slowdown on the Mac side, but hope that with the next version Fusion can fix some of these bugs or idiosyncrasies.

TIP: VMware Fusion conflict with FileVault and Workaround

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A VMware spokesperson told us that a conflict with FileVault encryption feature is what is behind some of Fusion's problems with Leopard. Readers have previously reported a problem with VMware Fusion crashing in Leopard.

David Sorkin was told the same. He was using FileVault and received this workaround from VMware for his problems:

I recently have gotten a syntax error:

File "/Users/David/Documents/Virtual Machines.localized/Windows Vista.vmwarevm/Windows Vista.vmx" line 76: Syntax error.

I'm running Vista on Fusion 1.1 on OS X 10.5.1 (1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo w/2 GB RAM). I have been experiencing difficulties with suspending or shutting down the VM instance and have had to hard reboot a number of times. I contacted VM Fusion support and their suggestion was to add a line to the config file, which I did. They also made reference to FileVault which I use, and they have reported the "bug" to Apple. Here is an excerpt from their response:

You can work around this issue by creating or editing the file:

~/Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/config

and adding the line:

mainMem.useNamedFile = "FALSE"

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Dominic Ng reports seeing a similar error message:

I inadvertently suspended VM fusion while exiting the Window XP program. I was unable to run the XP afterwards. It kept giving me the following error message: File "/Users/Yiutak/Documents/Virtual Machines.localized/Windows XP Professional.vmwarevm/Windows XP Professional.vmx" line 57: Syntax error.

Readers says 10.5.3 update fixed VMware Fusion crash

Monday, June 9, 2008

John Matheson reported that the issue of VMware Fusion 1.1 crashing in Leopard was fixed with an update to Mac OS X 10.5.3. Last January, VMware told us that Fusion had a conflict with FileVault encryption feature.

If you've seen the 10.5.3 update affect VMware

VMware says previously addressed bug in OS X can hang Mac, offers workaround

Friday, July 18, 2008

Yesterday, VMware posted an article about a bug that can hang the Mac and corrupt the virtual machine. The company also offered a configuration change as a workaround until the bug is fixed. However, VMware previously stated that the Fusion 1.1.1 update dealt with this same problem and did not require the configuration change...

RAM may cause VMware Fusion crashing Leopard

Friday, July 18, 2008

John Adams think a bad RAM module was causing VMware Fusion to crash Leopard:

I wanted to reiterate Greg Kyle's post from November 19, 2007. Since installing Fusion on my MacBook Pro, my OS X was crashing and restarting every 8-10 minutes.

I think it was actually a faulty memory card that I had installed. Since removing the new 1G that I had installed, I haven't had the problem. I bought a new 1 gig memory card from the Apple Store 2 weeks ago and since I installed it everything has been running smoothly. I have to believe that was the problem.

Today we also reported that VMWare said that problem in Mac OS X is causing VMware to freeze Mac OS X when a certain preference setting is made.

Reader says VMware Fusion 1.1 won't read 1.0 disk image | Top of Page |

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

After upgrading VMware Fusion to version 1.1, Stephen Keese can no longer get Fusion to launch the virtual machine disk image (.vdmk file) that ran on version 1.0:

I'm running Mac OS X 10.5.1. After updating Fusion to 1.1, I can no longer get it to recognize the Windows XP .vdmk file that 1.0 used to run. The User Guide does not fit the set up procedure and there seems to be no place on the web site to get help or even suggestions on what to do. Haven't seen a solution at the Fusion forums.

Earlier this week, another reader reported that Fusion 1.1 was crashing when running in Leopard.

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Steve Humiston does not have any problems with Fusion 1.1 in Leopard:

I run VMware Fusion 1.1 at in Leopard with 3 different OS's, sometimes with two Windows XP Pro's running at the same time without a problem for many hours. I run the same versions on a Mac Pro, 6 GB, and a MacBook Pro, 2 GB, connected to our domain running many apps within Windows XP Pro without a problem for the full day.

VMware not loading Win XP 64-bit (Syntax error) and workaround | Top of Page |

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Rob Kunkle is having a problem with VMware Fusion loading Windows XP 64-bit. He also found a workaround:

I was having this problem, but the error I get is "line 64: Syntax error." This was with Fusion 1.1 and Leopard with FileVault. It seemed to happen after clicking suspend.

Very frustrating because I could not open the PC and I needed some of the work that's on it. I've tried this work around: creating the config file, then putting the "main.mem" line. No luck, doesn't change anything.

I was tearing my hair out for a while, but I found a solution. Since VMware Fusion wouldn't open the file, I started fresh and created another virtual machine, using the first one as the source. I put the new virtual machine off the encrypted partition, and everything is working fine.

The only problem with the new virtual machine is that it won't connect to the shared drive on the mac host. I downloaded 1.1.2, but it didn't fix the problem. I still get the error when I try to open the first virtual machine.

We note that VMware Fusion 1.1.1 was to have fixed a conflict between Fusion and Leopard's FileVault

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More reader problems with Fusion not loading

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Two readers responded to last week's report of VMware not being able to load after a Syntax Error message.

Stacey Tenen reports the same problem:

I saw on the forums that someone else was having problems with Fusion crashing on 10.5 and I'm getting the same problem. The last time it happened, I had XP running in a Fusion windowed session and went to reboot without closing the session first. The shutdown hung on VMWare. When it did eventually close the app, the next time I rebooted and tried to run my XP container I got the following:

File "/Users/rootdude/Documents/Virtual Machines.localized/Windows XP Professional.vmwarevm/Windows XP Professional.vmx"

line 60: Syntax error.

I invested about a week getting XP to where I needed it, but it won't launch now.

Linda Ball had some different symptoms, getting I/O error messages, but the result is the same:

I just bought a couple of iMacs and am testing them out. We are migrating from Win XP so I have VMware on both and have recreated our WIN environments. The one I'm having the most trouble with is the one intended for my husband.

I left XP running on the machine overnight. When I came in this morning there was a message about an I/O error. I couldn't get back in and when I tried the Apple side slowed down or failed to respond. Now when I try to go into it I get a Windows failed to start screen with choices that it won't let me select and it brings the Apple to its knees. The VMware version was Version 1.1 (62573) and the Mac is 10.5.2 with 4 gig. We gave the XP 2 gig and two processors.

I have now upgraded to 1.1.2. It didn't fix the corrupt (I guess) image. My IT guy has placed a new image (from another machine) on the offending image. We tried copying the disk files (from a command line) and got an I/O error, too.

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Reader says VMware update for XP SP3 works | Top of Page |

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Allard van Riel reports success with VMware's recent update for Fusion for Windows XP Services Pack 3:

Not a single glitch, so far on my MacBook, running a 2.2 GHz Intel processor and 4GB of memory.

I first upgraded VMware Fusion to 1.1.2., then downloaded & installed SP3. I haven't noticed any changes in performance. Windows XP Professional is running smoothly, fast, and stable. Better than on my Dell X1, actually.

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Reader problem with VMware/Vista and Bluetooth

Friday, June 20, 2008

Jim Munger reports problems with VMware Fusion and Windows Vista seeing a Bluetooth mouse and printer:

I had no problems installing VMware Fusion 1.1.3 and Windows Vista (Home Basic, 32 bit) on my MacBook. However, from that point on it has been a pain. All my peripherals are Bluetooth, with the exception of some USB speakers. Fusion indicates a USB connection for the mouse and the printer, but if I choose to connect either the mouse or the printer, the I loose my Bluetooth mouse and must use the trackpad, which is a major pain when you are trying to use any graphics applications.

I ended up following advice I found on the VMware web site that directs you to disconnect the guest from the host, at which point the Bluetooth mouse can function. But, this does not solve the problem of connecting the Bluetooth printer.

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Reader problem with VMware/Vista and Bluetooth

Monday, August 25, 2008

Emma Schafer has the VMware problem with Windows Vista and Bluetooth:

I have had the same problem of losing a Bluetooth mouse with VMware/Vista when I plug in USB devices.

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Current news at MacWindows home

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VMware 2.0 first reader reviews: 1 praise, 1 problem, and the Time Machine comparison | Top of Page |

Monday, September 22, 2008

Three readers describe their experiences with the new VMware Fusion 2.0 virtualization software. Jim has a problem with VMware Tools in Windows:

I upgraded to 2.0 and it's been a pain. For some reason VMware doesn't recognize that VMware tools is installed, but I did install it and it is in Add/Remove programs. I removed it, rebooted and reinstalled, same deal. My mouse and trackpad do not work. I wish I left it the way it was.

Richard Bliss, however, thinks VMware Tools increased performance:

Just upgraded to Fusion v2, and it went very smoothly. I look forward to having multiple snapshot like the Windows Workstation release. Installing VMware Tools improved general speed and performance noticeably. VM machine is Windows XP SP1, running on a MacBook Pro 2.33Ghz, OSX 10.5.4.

The only issue so far is that it takes quite a bit longer to "loading your personal settings" when logging in. It can take over a minute to get to the desktop, version 1.1.3 would only take 15-20 seconds.

The interface is improved and more Mac-like.

I may try the new feature to make a VM out of the Vista Boot Camp partition.

Overall, I am impressed with the update.

Jack Hamilton points out some differences between Apple Leopard’s Time Machine and VMware Fusion 2.0’s multiple snapshot and Auto-Protect feature. He also provides some other observations:

I'm using Fusion 2. I wouldn't say that the snapshot feature is like Time Machine. When an automatic snapshot is taken, it ties up the virtual machine until it's finished, unlike Time Machine, which operates in the background. You don't have much control over when the snapshots are taken. And finally, if something happens to corrupt the virtual machine's disk, you have to restore from Time Machine.

The Maximize button now takes the dock into account most of the time (like regular Mac apps, it sometimes has problems when the dock is on the side). Unity doesn't seem to know how to handle all applications (no dock icon appears for UltraEdit, for example).

Networking works better than in Parallels, which messes up my Mac networking.

One thing that's lacking (here and in most Mac apps) is thorough documentation. I'd like to know how to pass a VPN connection in Windows back out to the Mac, but although I have found some statements that it should be possible, I haven't found out how. The sparse descriptions of the networking options aren't very helpful, and the scripting which supposedly happens in the background isn't documented at all.

I've recently switched from Windows as my main home platform, and I'd summarize the difference as this: Mac users would be unhappy with the user interface in most Windows apps, and heavy-duty Windows users would be unhappy with the cartoonish approach to documentation on the Mac.

If you've tried VMware Fusion 2.0

More reader reviews of Fusion 2.0; interface, business networks, and Linux/Win98/DOS

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Several readers added their impressions of the new VMware Fusion 2.0 virtualization software for Mac OS X. One reader is running it on an Active Directory network. Another has had good luck with Linux but problems with Windows 98 and DOS.

Lance Hinek doesn't like the new user interface:

I upgraded a couple of days ago and the startup interface is different and confusing to me. A step backward in that regard. It took me a long while to get Windows XP running. It was not obvious how to run Windows. Very frustrating. I expect more from a Mac application. I don't see any improvement running Windwos XP. The old interface is much better.

Eric Lukens prefers Fusion 2 over Boot Camp for business uses on a Microsoft network:

I've been using Fusion 2 since it was released. I run Leopard on a 24" Silver iMac with 4 GB of RAM and a 2.8 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo. I've created a Windows Vista Enterprise VM with 2 GB of RAM. I gave my Windows VM a dedicated IP on our network, prestaged it in Active Directory, and was able to net-boot it into a Microsoft WDS server to image it (this is a feature that *DOES NOT* work out-of-the-box on VMware Workstation for Windows). While the VM is running, the Mac appears to run as it did without the VM running--but I must admit I'm not using processor-intensive applications. The Windows side is slightly more sluggish than a non-virtualized system, but works just fine.

My Mac is also joined to AD and is syncing my home directory via Home Sync with a Windows File server. I've set the "My Documents" folder in Vista to point to the same file server location as home sync. I've had no trouble with documents syncing/saving unless I've accidentally had the same file open on both machines. In addition, to limit home-sync notifications, I've edited the Home Sync plist file to automatically exclude some windows files or folders, like $RECYCLE.BIN, Desktop.ini, Thumbs.db, and other files that need not be synced.

Since I'm not using the system for gaming, but just for Windows business-class software, I much prefer Fusion to Boot Camp. In the past I had played with Parallels as well, both are fine products, but so far I'd say I prefer Fusion.

Mathue has been using Fusion 2.0 to run Linux in virtual machines, but had some trouble with Windows 98:

So far 2.0 has worked well. Ubuntu and CentOS made the changeover without a hitch. Windows 98 was a different matter, and it's nothing I can blame on Fusion really. The new Fusion appears to have a different 'PCI to PCI Bus' which Win98 doesn't know what to do with. It tries to install a new driver upon reboot, appears to do so and then repeats the whole discovery (Plug and Pray) and finds new hardware; 'PCI to PCI Bus', finds driver, installs it, and starts the whole cycle again. And while there is a way around this behavior it just made more sense time wise to start from scratch. Sound still seems to be an issue but to be frank I grew tired of the Windows sounds a VERY long time ago so it's not big loss. Once you install the VMware Tools it runs Win 98 very well, with very good video (Probably better than my REAL Win 98 machine ever did). My next test will be to try and get DOS 6 running on it which is a challenge because of the installer, you can't redirect it to anything but an internal floppy drive which as one might know, a MacBook Pro does not have.

BTW, if anyone reading the MacWindows site has an already created DOS VM for Fusion, or knows where to download one that will reduce the time needed enormously.

If you do

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Reader problems with VMware 2.0 update and Win98

Monday, September 29, 2008

Ricardo ran into problems with Windows 98SE when he upgraded to VMWare Fusion 2.0. He didn't see the problems with Windows XP, but found that XP is running slower:

My experience with the VMWare Fusion 2.0 update is not exactly positive; I can work with it, but it was much better before the upgrade.

When I first opened an existing (and perfectly working on Fusion 1.1.3) Windows 98SE virtual machine under Fusion 2.0, it offered to update the virtual machine. I accepted to do so. This turned out to be something very tricky and lead to an unsatisfactory result. First of all, once Windows 98 boots up, the installer window of the VM updater runs minimized (in my case it was covered by other windows) and I did not notice it. The bad thing is that the updater takes almost 20 minutes (on my MBP 2.2 GHz). I shut down the Windows 98SE virtual machine in the middle of the update process, since I was not aware of the updater running in the background.

Second, the virtual machine advertises new hardware components to the OS, which Windows 98SE does not know how to handle. In fact a window appeared with the message: "found new hardware: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge looking for a driver." It popped up at least 25 times and I had to acknowledge each of them.

At the end of the entire process, Windows98SE still reports several system components it is not able to find any suitable driver for.

VMWare support suggested the following:

  • Uninstall VMWare Fusion 2.0 and reinstall it
  • Downgrade the virtual machine of Windows 98SE, then upgrade it again
  • Reinstall VMTools on Windows98SE

Unfortunately, I still have the same problem with unresolved system components in Windows 98SE.

With Windows XP SP3, things went a little smoother. Windows XP was able to find suitable software drivers for the advertised new hardware of the virtual machine. Overall however, when running my Boot Camp partition in Fusion 2.0, my impression is that it became much slower and unstable compared to Fusion 1.3. In many circumstances, VMtools takes over 100% of the (Windows) CPU, which brings the virtual machine almost to a halt (the system becomes absolutely unresponsive).

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Reader reports slow multi-display performance with VMware Fusion 2.0 | Top of Page |

Friday, October 3, 2008

Gyalwa is not happy with the new multiple-screen capabilities of VMware 2.0:

VMWare meets all my needs but the area that I had hopes for and am being let down in is the new multi-screen capability in 2.0. I am fortunate enough to be trying this with three identical screens (three Apple 30" Cinema Displays) so multi-screen does function for me in both Unity and full screen modes (others have reported problems when screen sizes are not identical).

The problem is performance! Graphic performance is jerky and unresponsive even to the point of simple web page scrolling being jerky when in multi-screen mode. VMWare are reporting to users that this is a graphics card hardware issue. However, when I run three Vista VMs each in single screen mode (one for each screen) performance in all VMs is smooth and fast (a credit to Fusion). I tested all this on an 8 core Mac Pro with 10GB of RAM with top graphics cards which is why it is able to work fine in single screen mode. I also expect this to work in multi-screen mode for a single VM spread across all screens as the product specs lead you to believe. Currently it does not fulfill this for many users and my testing above has eliminated hardware as the root cause to this problem that Fusion has.

Everything is the latest, including Mac OS X 10.5.5.

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Reader verifies VMware 2 slow with multiple displays

Monday, October 6, 2008

David Clancy responded to Friday's report of slow VMware Fusion 2.0 performance with multiple monitors:

I've been using the new Fusion 2 and have found very degraded performance in unity using multiple displays and using multiple Microsoft programs. I'm in the financial community and prepare presentations in Power Point using information from Excel spreadsheets as the source. When I have multiple spreadsheets open on one monitor and power point open on another the performance between the two becomes unusable in unity. If I switch back to single window mode then the issue goes away. Looking at the Activity Monitor in both OS X and windows shows low CPU and memory usage in unity so I don't know what is causing this. It is a real issue since it really diminishes the multiple monitor advantage. it forces me to go back to boot camp. I'm running XP home, on a SR 2.4mhz MacBook Pro with 4 GB of RAM.

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Fusion 2.0.1 doesn't fix Fusion 2 multi-screen performance issue

Monday, November 24, 2008

Gyalwa updated his previous report about slow VMware Fusion 2 performance with multiple displays:

Please report that the update 2.0.1 does not fix the inability of VMWare Fusion 2 to smoothly operate in Multi-Screen Mode on Apple Cinema Displays.

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Current news at MacWindows home

Reader experiences Windows crashing with Fusion 2.0

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Victoria Preiss reports that Windows is crashing in the latest VMware Fusion 2.0:

I've had Fusion on my Mac 10.5.5 for just over 3 months and have just upgraded from version 1.1.2 to version 2.0. I am running Windows Vista Home Basic and only need it for one bank website (that is not available to Mac users, otherwise I wouldn't need it). It was temperamental with Fusion 1.1.2 and even worse with version 2.0. I can sometimes bring up my homepage, but soon after, the dreaded blue screen appears. This is so frustrating and such a waste of time.

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For other reader reports about Fusion 2.0, see our VMware Fusion Tips and Reports page.

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Reader asks how to install Snow Leopard Server in a VM | Top of Page |

Monday, December 15, 2008

A reader (name withheld by request) is unable to install the (non-public) developer preview of Mac OS X Server 10.6 (Snow Leopard) in a virtual machine in Parallels or VMware. Now released to developers, Apple expects to ship the new server in 2009. The reader reported:

I'm a member of the Apple Developer Connection and have a legal copy of the developer preview of Snow Leopard Server (10.6) Build 10a222. I can't install it in either Parallels Desktop 4 or VMware Fusion 3 on a new MacBook Pro (4 GB RAM). Both companies say they support the preview 10.6 server in a virtual machine.

I tried using the DMG image, a CDR image, and converting to an ISO image (as recommended at some web sites). I also tried installing the image on a DVD+R DL. With both Parallels and VMware, the installation stops.

Then I installed Leopard Server in Parallels, and tried to upgrade with the Snow Leopard Server. The DVD mounts, I can launch the installer. The Leopard reboots, but instead of rebooting from the DVD, it just comes back to the Leopard Server signon screen.

I'm out of ideas and can't find any help on the web.

We don't want you to violate your NDA agreement by telling us anything about Mac OS X 10.6 Server that Apple hasn't announced. But if you've successfully installed the Snow Leopard Server preview in either Parallels or VMware how.

Current news at MacWindows home

Reader says VMWare won't run in Snow Leopard 64-bit | Top of Page |

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Andy Jackson reports that the lastest version of VMware Fusion doesn't run in Snow Leopard's 64-bit mode:

I booted my unibody MacBook Pro into 64 bit mode. VMware 2.0.5 won't load, it says it is 32 bit only. Over all I am impressed with 64 bit. VMware was the only app that that I have found that worked in 32 but not 64. The apps that needed Rosetta in 32 bit work just as well in 64 bit with Rosetta. My printers (both networked) still worked. VMware 2.0.5 still works if I boot into standard mode. But won't start when I boot in 64 bit mode.

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Current news at MacWindows home

Reader reports slow VMware performance in Snow Leopard | Top of Page |

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tasso Papaelias reports that "VMware Fusion runs incredibly slow on Snow Leopard. This is with the latest update."

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VMware acknowledges 64-bit incompatibility in OS X 10.6 | Top of Page |

Friday, September 18, 2009

The VMware web site reports our previous reader report that the Fusion virtualization software is not working in 64-bit Snow Leopard:

VMware Fusion 2.0.5 is NOT compatible with the optional 64-bit kernel of Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server.

VMware Fusion 2.0.5 is compatible with Snow Leopard running in 32-bits.

The latest build of Parallels Desktop, version 4.0.3846, is compatible with Snow Leopard running in 64-bits. Sun VirtualBox is also compatible with the 64-bit kernel, as does CodeWeavers CrossOver.

(Thanks to Oliver Block and Mike Drabicky for the link.)


Reader report on Windows 7, VMware Fusion | Top of Page |

Monday, November 16, 2009

Unlike some readers, Mark Kennedy got Windows 7 to run in Boot Camp on a new iMac, but prefers VMware Fusion 3.0:

I installed Windows 7 on Boot Camp on a new iMac. It works fine but there's no driver support so Magic Mouse won't work. I then installed Fusion 3.0, which recognized my BC partition. Unfortunately, Microsoft Office needed new activation codes even running on the same machine, same OS, same partition. It's fast and fully functional for most uses. Can't see the advantage of Boot Camp unless you want to play games and can wait for the drivers this DEC.

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Reader problem with VMware Fusion 3 Migration Assistant | Top of Page |

Monday, November 16, 2009

Chris Heuer likes the way Windows 7 works in VMware Fusion 3, but is having problems with bringing in Windows XP with the Migration Assistant:

I am wondering if anyone else has gotten this migration assistant to work properly - in the forums I only see people complaining about it not working. I have an old Windows XP PC I was going to replace with a Dell, but it was such a pain to deal with (and it wasn't "compatible" with my video camera), that I returned the Dell and bought an iMac. I have used both for years, but was looking for some cost savings with the Dell over the iMac.

Anyway, installed my copy of VMware Fusion 3 from my upgrade license and was able to easily get Windows 7 installed, and generally speaking it works great.

So I was looking to move my XP system over and have spent hours trying to get it to work and the system just doesn't even seem like it wants to talk to the old PC (though I do know they are connected). I followed all the instructions, opened up both systems, connected them via Ethernet for direct transfer and to avoid any conflicts in the router and it just won't work.

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Another report of VMware Fusion 3 Migration Assistant problem

Monday, December 7, 2009

Ramsey Umar agress with a previous reader report about moving virtual machines in VMware Fusion 3:

I have had the exact same problem as Chris Heuer. Cannot get Migration Assistant to talk to my PC. Tried everything Chris did and more.

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TIP: Workaround for Fusion 3 Migration Assistant problem

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mark Ahlers offered a workaround to problems migrating a PC into a virtual machine in VMware Fusion 3:

I have has this same issue with the migration issue in Fusion 3. The work around was to connect the PC directly to the Mac via Ethernet and configure static IP Address. At that point the migration worked perfectly.

If you've tried this

Another reader with problems with Fusion 3 PC migration

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mark Coplowe is seeing the problem moving a Windows installation from a real PC to a virtual machine using VMware Fusion 3's Migration Assistant. His symptoms are somewhat different than what we've previously reported:

I have had a similar problem migrating an XP (SP3 and all the latest patches). The iMac sees the PC and can detect/acknowledges the code etc. When it is going through the process of determining the time to create the virtual PC it comes up with a message: Error in creating Virtual Machine. System preferences >> Security >> Firewall . Disable firewall when migrating your PC.

The firewalls on the Mac and the PC have always been disabled. Having tried numerous options including allowing share guest folders and disabling all anti virus and pc firewall, I am still none the wiser.

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TIP: Migrating from PC to VMware Fusion 3

Monday, February 15, 2010

Brent Brodowski wrote in response to our reports of problems with VMware Fusion 3 Migration Assistant. His sent us his fix:

The trick I learned for migrating a PC instance to a VM on Fusion is this: Setup static IP addresses on both machines on their twisted-pair interface (cable) in the same network, with the same subnet mask. Confirm you can 'ping' from one to the other, and vice versa. The Mac will find the PC, as long as the VM Migration Agent is running on the PC. Also, I learned I had to remove any CF or SD cards that are in the 'memory booster' mode within Vista - VM Fusion will give you a general error that it doesn't support VSS when the imaging process begins.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kris Van de Vijver in Belgium reports slow performance with Fusion 3 and Windows 7 installed on a Boot Camp partition:

I've always been a happy Fusion 2 users, I used it with a Win Vista Boot Camp partition and with XP vm's. Performance was very fast.

Recently I decided to remove my Vista Boot Camp partition and replace it with Windows 7 64-bit. When booting In Windows 7, it works fast and great. I installed all Boot Camp 3.0 drivers and didn't have any problems.

After upgrading to Fusion 3, I tried running the Windows 7 Boot Camp partition as a virtual machine but I was shocked by the terrible performance. For me, currently, it's just not usuable, way too slow.

My configuration: Macbook Pro 4.1 with 4GB RAM, Snow Leopard with latest updates; Windows 7 66-bit with latest MS updates, and latest Boot Camp 3.0 drivers.

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Readers say Fusion 3 slow on Snow Leopard

Monday, December 21, 2009

Two readers report that VMware 3 is running slow on Mac OS X 10.6. Tim Donovan:

VM Fusion 3 on an IMac Intel Core 2 Duo w/8 GB ram (early 2009) runnIng Vista is slower than molasses in January in northern Canada. Mac OS X 10.6.2 is lightning fast.

Eric Adint said, "I have seen really slow performance with VMware 3 on Mac OS X 10.6."

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TIP: Strategies for slow VMware/Snow Leopard performance

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Recently, readers have reporting slow performance of VMware Fusion (versions 2 and 3) in Snow Leopard, but not in Leopard. We've offering suggestions, and several have now told us that the suggestions help, and have offered suggestions of their own. Here's what we recommended for the virtual machine:

  • Set the number of CPUs to two (instead of one)
  • Keep the RAM at the recommended VMWare value (512 MB for Windows XP, 1 GB for Windows 7. (More RAM is not necessary better in a virtual machine.)

Bill Reed read reported success with this. His original report:

I am running VMware Fusion on a new MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM, and after upgrading to Snow Leopard, most apps, especially MS Office, run very slow. I have 2GB RAM allocated to the virtual machine.

After we made the above suggestions, he reported:

That did help, thanks! Still have a bit of sluggishness with the VMware mouse cursor and typing is a bit slow, but otherwise it's now more responsive.

Phil Burk used one of suggestions, and offered some others:

I ran XP under VMWare 2 on Leopard just fine. Then I upgraded to Snow Leopard 10.6.2 on a MacBook Pro with Intel Core 2 Duo and 4 GB RAM. VMWare then ran slow so I upgraded to VMWare 3.0.1. XP under VMWare then became practically unusable. File Explorer windows often took seconds to draw. Menus take seconds to pop up. Sometimes it speeds up to almost normal but then it will get slow again. I'm just doing basic Windows operations.

I have found a few things that each helped speed up VMWare to the point where it is now usable:

  • Setting the number of CPUs to 2 on my MacBook Pro, as you suggested, definitely helped.
  • Also I disabled the 3D Graphics hardware acceleration. I am writing web services code, not playing games, so I did not need that.
  • I also found that that the XP system sped up slowly after booting the VM. After 15-30 minutes it seemed faster. Perhaps the VM host was tuning the thread priorities or optimizing something in the VM.
  • Shutting down as many Mac apps as possible also helps the VM performance.

When I combine these I can actually use XP on the latest VMWare on Snow Leopard. I was worried I would have to switch to Boot Camp. But this works OK now.

John Howenstine did not have success with our suggestions on a Mac Pro:

The combination of Windows 7 on Mac Pro with VMware Fusion 3.0 is slow and has terrible display performance with two screens. I have Snow Leopard and update everything whenever prompted. The same Fusion program works fine with Windows XP, so I suspect a driver, display setting, or something similar but I can't find an answer. Apple, Microsoft, and VMWare all suspect the others as the problem.

I had 2 MB or memory assigned. Reduced to 1 MB. Already had 2 CPUs; didn't think I should select all four. Change with display was slower and worse, although not a significant change. When shutting down, it almost vapor locked.

If you've tried any of these for this problem

TIP: Reader says restart solves VMware slow performance

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Aaron Green responded to reports of slow-running VMware Fusion, but simply restarts the virtual machine:

I have also seen VMWARE get really slow, but only after coming out of suspend mode. When that happens, I just restart the Virtual Machine and speed is restored.

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Reader reports adding RAM speeds VMware Fusion 3

Monday, January 25, 2010

Roger Reini said that adding RAM to his MacBook resolved his performance issues with VMware Fusion 3:

Responding to Aaron Green's tip of January 14: I also used to experience very slow virtual machine performance with Windows VM's (either Vista or Win 7) and Snow Leopard whenever I would resume the VM. Restarting the VM solved those problems. But after I upgraded my MacBook to 6 GB (the maximum amount it can support), I rarely experience the slow performance with a suspended/resumed VM.

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On January 7, we noted that a RAM allocation that is too high can slow a virtual machine, and that assigning two CPUs to a VM can increase performance.

Reader verifies our CPU/RAM tip for improving VMware performance

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ryan Whitney reported success with our recommendations for speeding up VMware Fusion 3:

First off, thanks for the webpage. I've been continually frustrated with the poor performance I've had with Windows XP on VMware 2 and then with the upgrade to 3. I did the following three things (but tried them all at once, so not sure if it was all three in combo or just one specifically) and it helped tremendously.

  1. Switch from using one CPU to two
  2. Reinstalled the VMware tools
  3. Reduced the RAM from 768 to 512 mb.

I may play with the RAM again, to see if I can get a bit more umph out of the windows install but for now my computer feels usable again when using windows on VMware! Awesome!

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Win 7/iMac issue seen in VMware 3

Monday, December 21, 2009

Jim Lockwood is seeing the problem of Windows 7 not loading on iMacs. This is a known bug, and we have reported workarounds (here and here). However, Lockwood is also seeing this in VMware Fusion:

I just got the iMac 27". I have same problem. I'm also can't load Windows 7 under VMware Fusion 3.0.1. (I'm kinda new to the Mac world. I'm an old PC user.)

If you've had problems with iMacs, Windows 7, and VMware Fusion

TIP: Fix for VMware/Boot Camp/Win 7 not booting

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Michael Antolovich in Australia found a solution to a problem where Windows 7 won't boot in VMware Fusion 3.0.1 from a Boot Camp 3 partition. He said the problem only happens on his iMac:

I have a 24" iMac running Snow Leopard 10.6.2, VMware Fusion 3.0.1 and Windows 7. Win 7 runs happily when booted from it, but complains that it must be repaired when running under Fusion 3.0.1. Repairing doesn't help, of course: "A patch is preventing the system from starting," but it won't say what patch. It still runs OK when booted directly from it.

I have a similar setup on a MacBook Pro and it runs without problems. (had to delete and add the Network adaptor in VMware to make the network accessible, but fine otherwise).

After a lot of fiddling, I noticed that the Blue Screen error was "0x0000007B" which turns out to be a disk controller error. The fix turns out to be the same fix VMware recommends for Vista - "Boot Camp virtual machine fails to boot (1007351)." It states:

"This issue occurs when the required disk controller drivers are not present in the Boot Camp partition."

"To install the required driver in Windows Vista: Apply the necessary registry changes using the .REG file attached to this article, contained within the ZIP file. This file installs the boot service registry entires for the new driver file. Restart the Mac and open Fusion to start the Boot Camp virtual machine."

The file is called "InstallIntelIDE.zip" and is available in the VMware Knowledge Base (look for "1007351", I originally found it with "0x0000007B boot camp", the 2nd entry of 2 is the one you want). Simply run the attached file in Win 7 (when booted formally), then reboot back to OS X, run VMware and it worked (some weird drivers loaded and failed before I could run VMware Tools, but all was fine when finished).

So far I have only been running it for a short while, but it seems to be all OK (both VMware and hard booted).

If you've tried this fix

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VMware Fusion 3, Win 7 problem connecting to network in VM

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Peter Escalante can't get Windows 7 to connect to a network in VMware Fusion 3 in Mac OS X 10.6:

I have a MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard running VMware Fusion 3.0.1, and last night I installed Windows 7. Everything works fine, except that I cannot connect to the Internet thru Windows. When I switch back to OS X, the Internet works fine. I'm using a wired LAN connection. When I perform a network diagnostics in Windows 7, I keep getting the message that "Windows cannot detect a properly installed network adapter." When I inquire further, it says I need to install a network adapter driver. When I go into my virtual machine's settings, I've tried both the NAT connection and the bridge connection, and both have green lights and say they are connected, but when I try to access the Internet using IE8, I keep getting that darn message.

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TIP: Workaround for Snow Leopard/VMware network problem

Monday, January 25, 2010

Peter Escalante sent a fix for his Snow Leopard problem with VMware not connecting to a network:

I found the solution! I downloaded and installed a driver from the Intel support page. The driver is the PROWIN732.exe, which can be downloaded from this link. After installing it, be sure to reboot the virtual device, and it should work fine.

If you've tried this fix

Meanwhile, a number of other readers reported also having the problem. Jay had luck using the Bridge setting:

In Fusion, virtual machine settings, I changed to Bridge. I could not see anything on local network until I did this.

However, other readers, including Escalante, found that neither the Bridge nor Shared settings worked.

H. Modlin:

I have the same problem as what Peter Escalante reported. This is a fresh install of VMWare 3 on Snow Leopard, and a new virtual machine with Windows 7 64-bit. The interesting part is that Windows 7 needs to be activated within 3 days after installation, but I cannot Activate it if Windows cannot connect to the network.

Sean Bryan:

Maybe you've gotten a million e-mails on this, but I have this problem too. I have a late-2008 White MacBook, with Mac OS 10.6.2 and Windows 7 Enterprise, 32 bit. I have VMware 3 installed on the Mac side, and the latest VMware tools installed on the Windows side.

Hamza Alodaini

I have a MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard running VMware Fusion 3.0.1, and last night I installed Windows 7. Everything works fine, except that I cannot connect to the Internet through Windows. When I switch back to OS X, the Internet works fine. I'm using a wired LAN connection. When I perform a network diagnostics in Windows 7, I keep getting the message that "Windows cannot detect a properly installed network adapter." When I inquire further, it says I need to install a network adapter driver. When I go into my virtual machine's settings, I've tried both the NAT connection and the bridge connection, and both have green lights and say they are connected, but when I try to access the Internet using IE8, I keep getting that darn message.

TIP: Replace VMware virtual net adapter after upgrading from v2 or XP

Monday, April 26, 2010

Brian Bargiel forwarded a link to a VMware support article that offers a fix for a networking problem in VMware Fusion. When upgrading to VMware Fusion 2 to version 3, or when upgrading Windows XP to a later version of Windows, networking in Fusion may stop working. VMware says that in both cases it is a problem with the virtual network adapter. The company's solution is to install a new one.

The procedure the article details is to first change your virtual machine type if you've updated Windows from XP. Next, Uninstall and re-install VMware Tools. Finally, remove and re-add the virtual network adapter.

Brian Bargiel said it works:

I had this issue after upgrading my Boot Camp partition from XP to Win 7. This article helped me troubleshoot my broken network connection; perhaps the procedure may be helpful for your readers.

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We've had some previous reports of networking problems with Fusion 3. One reader used a different fix, installing an Intel driver, though he didn't say if it was an upgrade or a clean installation.

Norton Firewall on Mac OS X blocks Win 7 in VM

Monday, July 12, 2010

Justin Montgomery responded to previous reports of Windows networking not working in a VMware virtual machine:

I had this problem too but with VMware Fusion 3, Windows 7 on Leopard. Turned out it was my Norton firewall on Mac that was blocking it because once I disabled it and reset the adapter everything worked. Norton must be blocking something that VMware needs and I just haven't found out what yet.

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Readers note speed improvements in VMware Fusion 3.1

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A couple of reader report big performance gains with the new VMware Fusion 3.1 update over version 3.0, as VMware has promised. David Keldsen reports:

Yes, indeed, it's substantially faster, both boot and resume times. Mind you, I'm using it on relatively high-end hardware (i7 iMac), but it takes advantage of the hardware MUCH more now, and still doesn't impact other processes.

In our new discussion forum, Steve said the speed difference between versions 3.0 and 3.1 is significant. Steve's forum entry is here. If you've tried VMware Fusion 3.1 or post a note in our new VMware Fusion forum.

Reader finds VMware 3.1 update of VMs to take a long time, few speed gains

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ricardo did not see a big boost in performance with updating VMware Fusion to version 3.1. (Other readers have reported speed increases with the update.) Ricardo also found that updating the virtual machines took an hour or more. He only has 2 GB of RAM in the Mac, which could have something to do with it:

I found your news about Fusion 3.1 update very interesting and decided to download and install it on my Mac. On this machine, I have two Windows installations: one is Boot Camp and the other is a virtual machine installed on a Sparse Bundle Disk Image. I tested both, they seem to work fine with Fusion 3.1, although my short tests did not show a substantial speed increase (I use programs that don't require lots of graphical processing power).

However, the update of the two Virtual Machines took endlessly. Perhaps because my Mac was short of RAM due to other Mac applications I had running during the update process. The update of the Boot Camp machine took over one hour. The other took just a bit less. I have an Intel MacBookPro, late 2007 model, with 2 GB of RAM. Mac OS X is version 10.6.3.

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TIP: Fix for crashing of OS X Server in VMware Fusion VM

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Michael Durket has a problem of Snow Leopard Server crashing when running in a virtual machine in VMware Fusion 3 on a Mac OS X 10.6 host. He found a workaround, which is to assign only a single CPU to the virtual machine:

I purchased your book "Snow Leopard Server for Dummies" and it's been really helpful. Since I'm initially running Snow Leopard Server in a VMware Fusion 3 VM, I read your chapter on running the Server in a VM carefully and followed the tips for leaving the memory size alone and setting the virtual CPUs from 1 to 2. However, this caused several crashes on my system which are apparently due to a bug, as described in this VMware forum thread.

The easiest fix (until Apple or VMware fix this) is to set the number of virtual CPUs at 1, not 2 as you suggest -- even though it might run slower as you indicated in the book. Since, according to the VMware forum thread, this didn't occur in 10.6.1 but has been happening since 10.6.2 and we're now at 10.6.4, it's not likely a fix is coming anytime soon.

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Reader's VMware 3.1.2 update crashes Windows 7

Monday, December 13, 2010

Heather Wortz reports that after VMward Fusion updated itself to version 3.1.2, Windows 7 started crashing:

My Windows 7 is crashing after it attempts to repair but fails. Is there any way to roll back to previous version of VMware Fusion? I'm really new to the Mac and am completely stumped as to how to stop this crashing. I have been using VMware Fusion on my Mac successfully for 5 months. After Fusion updated suddenly the glitches started. They seem to just worsen with every attempt to right them to the point where it no longer runs Windows 7 at all. But it runs Windows XP no problem. I can't get into Windows 7 anymore so installing any driver is unlikely.

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TIP: Simplification of manually loading VMware kernel extensions

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tony Pellegrini told us how to automate the manual loading of VMware kernel extensions. Ordinarily, they load automatically when the Mac starts up, which can slow start up, whether you're using VMware or not. Last week we described how to load them and unload them manually, only when you use VMward. Pellegrini makes this easier:

A follow-up to "Tip of the day: Manually load VMware kernel extensions, speed boot time." I saw this post and found it helpful but wanted to offer you a change I implemented. Instead of creating two separate scripts to start and stop Fusion, I used Automator as described to create just one workflow with the following code in one shell script:

sudo /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/boot.sh --start
open -W /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app
sudo /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/boot.sh --stop

In this way the service is started, then Fusion is run and Automator waits for it to close. Once Fusion is closed the services are stopped automatically.

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TIP of the Day: fixing VMware caps lock sticking in

Monday, January 24, 2011

Q: Gene Deal had a problem with his Caps Lock. We sent him a suggestion, and it worked. Deal asked:

I am running VMware Fusion with Windows XP installed. I have several programs I run within that environment where for reasons unknown to me the Caps Lock key becomes "swapped" and I must lock the caps to get lowercase and unlock for caps. The only way I have found to reset this issue is to log off VMWare and reboot the Mac.......Read entire story here

Reader verifies VMware Fusion Caps Lock fix

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dick Sampson verified Monday's suggestion for fixing the Caps Lock key in VMware Fusion when it's working the opposite of what it is supposed to:

Regarding fixing VMware caps lock sticking -- I have experienced this exact same thing while working in AutoCad in VMware Fusion. Thanks for this tip.

Reader verifies VMware tip for unsticking caps lock

Monday, February 13, 2012

Marc Sylvain confirmed our suggestion for fixing VMware Fusion caps lock sticking in a Windows virtual machine:

Thanks for this tip! I finally got fed up with this happening regularly and searched the net for a solution. Yours works brilliantly! Any idea what the keystroke combo is that initiates the freeze? I've not be able to catch myself doing it.

We don't know why the caps lock gets stuck. If you have an idea

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Reader can't connect on Win 7 with Vmware Fusion 3.1.3

Monday, June 6, 2011

Since updating to the new VMware Fusion 3.1.3 update, Jimmy Hung can't connect to the Internet from a Windows 7 guest OS:

I can't connect on Windows 7 through VMware Fusion 3.1.3. The Mac connection is fine, but nothing I do can connect to the Internet through VMware and Windows 7. It was working after installation and the first few days, then one day it just wouldn_t connect and has been like that since (over a week now).

If you've seen this problem with the VMware Fusion 3.1.3 update

Readers confirm VMware Fusion 3.1.3 problem with networking

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Two readers confirmed a previous report that the recent VMware Fusion 3.1.3 has networking problems with Windows in virtual machines. Ray Beyer reinstalled a previous version and VMware to get it working:

Same here with all of my Windows images (XP and Windows 7). I noticed that I can sometimes connect to a remote host via VPN, but the connection was not stable. I uninstalled 3.1.3 and installed 3.1.1 from a saved image - everything is fine now. Good to know that others have that problem as well. Looks like the upgrade is buggy.

Traian Teodorescu can connect to his local network but not the Internet:

I have the same problem; I use one bridged network on the development LAN and the second bridged to Air network, which is connected to Internet. I can work without problem from inside my virtual machine with the development LAN (wired), but I cannot connect to the Internet. I didn't have this problem before installing VMware upgrade to 3.1.3 version.

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