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Black Screen VMware

Hi Experts,

We have a VM host that as a black screen only when booting up?

Not sure why that is if it is a video driver How can i get into safe mode from the Virtual Infrastructure Client.
If we decide to delte the VM and start over. How do we delete the VM?


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Dirtpatch-JenkinsCommented:
Have you made a "snaphot" recently? if so you can restore that.

Otherwise i think the only other option is a reinstall, from what i've read.
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talltreeAuthor Commented:
No snapshot it is new? Reinstall the VM? Do we delete 1st?
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Dirtpatch-JenkinsCommented:
What O.S. are you running it on? ill try to find the procedure.
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talltreeAuthor Commented:
Windows 2003 sp1
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Dirtpatch-JenkinsCommented:
I was under the assumption, i dont know why, that you were on a mac os.

For your system there are a few causes for black screens. heres a link to the help article on the subject -

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/searchEntry.do
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talltreeAuthor Commented:
I will look.
Do you know how to get into safe mode on a vm? F8 does not seem to work.

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larstrCommented:
Have you checked if the .vmx file of this VM has execute permissions? chmod +x
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talltreeAuthor Commented:
where is the .vmx. file i am working from the VM infrastructure client.
How can i get in to safe mode on the VM or depete the VM from the infrastucture?
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larstrCommented:
Is the screen black all the time?
Do you see POST and OS start before it goes black? Or is it black from the beginning?


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talltreeAuthor Commented:
Hi Larstr,

The OS 2003 starts then it turns black.
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larstrCommented:
Then it has nothing to do with the vmx file, but probably related to the video driver.

Can you still connect to the VM with RDP? Is VMware showing that the heartbeat is working?

Lars
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talltreeAuthor Commented:
with RDP it just hangs when i log on. How do i get into safe mode?
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larstrCommented:
This is more of a Windows problem, not directly a VMware related one.

Are you able to manage anything from a different server through MMC? Anything in the event log of this server?

Have you tried booting up the VM by using Windows Recovery Console?

Lars
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