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Windows 7 cannot start on VMware Fusion 3.1.2

Posted on 2011-02-21
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Hello,

For the past couple of days I have been trying to start up Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard and VMware Fusion 3.1.2 with no luck.

It comes up with two choices on a black screen, like one to diagnose the problem and one to start normally. Either way, the virtual machine won't load.

I've used VMware Fusion with Windows 7 for a long time already but this has never happened. I made no significant changes before this.

I tried uninstalling VMware completely and then re-installing it. I tried resetting my Mac's PRAM. What else should I do?
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Question by:Anton Tajanlangit
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by:Netman66
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Check for Fusion log files.  There may also be a log in the Win7 VM folder.

Post them please.

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by:Netman66
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It may be a driver issue - there has been a mac firmware update recently that may have changed hardware IDs and the VM can no longer work since this change, as it appears to the VM as different hardware.

Maybe a repair of the Win7 VM?

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by:Anton Tajanlangit
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Here is the error message that popped up after I tried to load Win7. Error message.
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by:Anton Tajanlangit
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Here is the log file. vmware.log
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by:Anton Tajanlangit
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Another error message after clicking on "Abort" in the previous error message window. Second error message.
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by:Netman66
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Have you tried running the Disk Utility and Repairing Disk Permissions?

It looks (by the vmware log) that permissions have changed.

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by:Anton Tajanlangit
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I keep repairing Disk Permissions, but it's still the same problem.
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by:Netman66
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Ok then, scratch that idea.  

By looking at that nasty vmware log, it appears to be permissions because it states it can't locate the file (which could be a read permission thing).

I don't use Fusion, so I'm just gathering things from what you sent us.

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Anton Tajanlangit earned 0 total points
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I just found out that my hard disk had too many bad blocks. So I just had to let go of my Windows virtual machine and re-formatted my drive. Lucky I was able to save some of my important files with a third-party utility, Data Rescue 3.

Lesson learned - backup, backup!
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by:Anton Tajanlangit
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No one thought about a failing hard disk, and I now have a fast MBP by re-formatting.
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