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I have used the VMWare Converter to convert a physical XP machine into a VM so it can be used on a Windows 7 host. I have VirtualBox installed and am planning on using that as my hypervisor but am having some issues. When I try to boot the XP VM the machine freezes at before Windows loads and when I try with the i/O APIC on it has a BSOD about the HDD or HDD adapter having been changed. I have been able to get this to work with other machines in the past but am having no luck on this one. Any ideas on what to try?
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by:John Hurst
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Try using VMware Player to run the machine. Does that work?  That is, did the original conversion work? and is the machine workable?
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John, I just tried that and it is bluescreening also in VMWare Player
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by:John Hurst
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So either the physical XP machine is bad, or the conversion went bad or both.
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What storage controller is present in the VM settings ?
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by:PIMSupport
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Andrew, the only controller present is IDE. I'm trying another conversion with SCSI as the controller type.
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The original PC, is it IDE or SCSI.

what is the BSOD ? Stop number ?
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by:Scott Silva
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Anytime I have tried to virtualize an XP machine I have had to either generalize the hardware (which I vaguely remember entailed removing everything you could in device manager) first, or do a repair install afterwards.
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0X00000007B is the stop number. The original has a SATA HDD in it
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Yes, that is a storage controller fault, the storage controller in the OS (Image) does not match the hardware.
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A repair install would be the best method to fix this...
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsystems/ss/instxprepair1.htm

If you can find it, and still have the original machine, vmware converter 3.3 does a better job of importing XP machines
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Otherwise I will close it.

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My answer will work if the poster ever tries it.
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