VMware Server 1.04 Guest Fix

Version 1.0
Author: Oliver Meyer <o [dot] meyer [at] projektfarm [dot] de>

This document describes how to fix the guest support for some Linux distributions, like Fedora 8, in VMware Server 1.04.

This howto is a practical guide without any warranty - it doesn't cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system - this is the way I chose.


1 Problem

You've created a virtual machine with a newer Linux distribution like Fedora 8 and want to start it to begin with the installation - but it hangs at the point where the ata_piix driver is beeing loaded:


2 Solution

Stop the virtual machine and open its .vmx-file.

Add the following line and save the file:

scsi0.virtualDev = "lsilogic"

Now start the virtual machine - you'll get a notice like this:

Click on "Yes". Afterwards the virtual machine will run properly.


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