Win2k3 Sp2 in VMware 6.5 hangs at boot on acpitabl.dat

Posted on 2008-11-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a VMware image that has worked on 4 different machines without issue but on my laptop the Win2k3 VMware image hangs on acpitabl.dat. I'm using VMware Workstation 6.5 with 32bit Vista as the host system. When I boot into safe mode the boot hangs on acpitabl.dat and locks up my laptop completely. Ctr-Alt-Del will not even allow me to kill VMware.

I've read a few places where SP1 caused this issue which I would expect to be a dated issue? The other is HAL, but I'm not sure what to change in the image to correct this. The solution was a bit vague. One poster mentioned that acpitabl.dat was not even the real issue.

The image was created within VMware with a single CPU. What's strange is that this image will work on every other machine I try it on but this laptop.

Does anyone have any idea of what I can do to solve this? I desperately need this image to work on my laptop.

Thank you,
Question by:jasonbnixon
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    by:Bryan Butler
    A quick search shows a bunch of folks asking this, or is that all you ;)  I know if the hardware that the image is created on is "too much" different, then you will have issues.  There's not too much in the docs where "too much".  Are the 4 machines different as far as brand, mobo's, or anything?

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    Three of the machines were Dell laptops and one was a custom built desktop using an Asus motherboard. I just thought with so many machines the image worked on without issue that I could somehow get it to work on this one laptop.

    But you are correct in that most of the machines that this image has worked on has been Dell equipment.

    I'll keep at and hopefully someone else will be able to chime in with some more helpful tips. This is the first time I've asked for help with this issue. I found 3 other questions here at EE but were not detailed enough. At least for me and my lack of knowledge with VMware.

    Thanks again,
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    by:Bryan Butler
    Your welcome and thanks for the additional info.  I would bet that is the problem then.  Can you run other VM images on the Asus?  Like one created on it.  Then run that on the Dells?  Cheers,

    Accepted Solution

    I've determined that the hardware on the odd machine is causing the issue as developedtester has suggested.

    Thanks for the help.

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