I am experiencing an issue with the interaction between VMWare workstation, Windows XP, and Novel’s NetWare client. Briefly while installing VMWare workstation 5.5.2 onto my computer near the end of the installation my computer just rebooted without any warning or prompt. The installation of VMWare workstation was not completed. I also at that time could not uninstall the application, was not part of Add/remove programs. Then when I tried to re-install the application it told me that it couldn’t continue the installation because it was already installed. The first time this happened I went ahead and re-imaged my computer. The second time that I tried this all that I did was use the system restore feature, not sure just a weak moment I guess. Well I was finally able to determine that the installation had an issue with my Novel Netware client. So I removed the client and installed VMWare workstation. All was fine, until I re-installed the netware client. After doing so I noticed that my cpu usage was just about pegged out. Then when I would try to log onto the network. I would bring everything to a halt, response time was so lagging that I ended up waiting many minutes just to reboot. Keep in mind that VMWare is not running, at least I have not started the application at this time.
Current pc information.
Windows XP SP2 fully patched.
NetWare: 4.92 Sp2 (184.108.40.20640617)
VMWare 5.2.3 Build 34685
If anyone has any ideas let me know. VMWare’s support was useless. Also, I have tried many things just have not put that in here.