VMWare Player 5.0.1 hanging on Windows 7 64-bit

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I am running VMWare Player 5.0.1 on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.  Just built the computer, 32GB RAM, Intel Core i7-3750K processor, so it's got plenty of power.  Quite often, when I start up one of my VMs or go back to a VM that's already open, the VM guest will seem to freeze and I can't even move the mouse outside of the VM window - not even Ctrl+Alt works.  Usually I can do Ctrl-Alt-Del however to get to task manager, but even then I can't scroll and select properly to shutdown VMWare Player.  I usually just have to wait a couple of minutes until it unfreezes.  It seems to work better after a reboot (of the host desktop).  I have more than enough RAM free and the CPU isn't pinned either.  Anyone got any ideas of what I can look for to troubleshoot this?  The Windows Event Logs show nothing useful.  Thanks!!!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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what specifications, how much memory and cpu have you assigned to the VM?

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hanccocka: I have had this happen with several VMs, but the one that it occurred with today has 4GB RAM, 2 CPU cores, 200GB HD.  It's a Linux VM.  But I have seen this happen with Windows VMs as well.
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change to 1 vCPU, what does Task Manager and or Performance Monitor state is the culprit which is taking up the CPU.
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I believe that I have determined that the issue related to how many vCPUs I had assigned to each VM.  Having 8 cores (4 cores, hyperthreading enabled) on the physical machine, my assumption is that enabling too many vCPUs on the VMs was causing a locking situation.  I reduced the vCPUs to 1 on most of the VMs and have not seen a problem since.  Thanks to all for their assistance.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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As per my post http:#a38730174.

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hanccocka's reponse led me to reducing the vCPUs (to only 1 vCPU on each VM) which seems to have been the fix as far as I can tell.

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