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Old 26th January 2013, 05:14 PM
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Fedora 18 on VMware Player

I am attempting to install Fedora 18 as a virtual machine managed by VMware Player 5 on a Windows XP or Windows 7 host.
I installed previous Fedora releases with no problem, at least for the initial setup.
I install Fedora from the ISO image of the DVD, I select the language, the keyboard, the software components, ... and everything looks to work fine.
After rebooting I accept the license, I enter the user name and password for the user and I get a blue screen with falling stars (I presume it is the desktop background) but no way to enter useraname and passord or to logon or to launch any application.
What have I to do in order to logon?
Am I missing any relevant step during setup?
Should I follow any specific rule while configuring the VM?
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marius

PS: I know I should install VMware Tools for better performance and user experience, but to install VMware Tools I need at least to login...

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Old 27th January 2013, 11:11 AM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

Absolutely same behavior with Workstation 9.0.0 build-812388

PS: And after some googling here is the workaround: disable 3D hardware acceleration.

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Old 27th January 2013, 12:53 PM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

Confirmed fix for me

Uncheck the Display property "Accelerate 3D graphics" in Virtual Machine Settings.

After logging in, it does take 10 or so seconds to display the Gnome toolbar on my systems (would be nice to see some eye candy that something is going on)
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Old 30th January 2013, 06:49 PM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

Yes, disabling 3D acceleration will allow the installation to complete, but performance is very sluggish as a result. Are there any steps that can be taken after the initial installation that would allow 3D acceleration to be re-enabled?

Thanks,

Chris
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Old 30th January 2013, 06:55 PM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

Re-check the box in VM settings after the install.
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Old 30th January 2013, 07:05 PM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

Yes, I tried that , but that just gets me back to the original problem where the login prompt doesn't show up, even after VMware Tools have been installed.

Chris
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Old 30th January 2013, 09:53 PM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

I'm having the same experience, i.e., managed to run Fedora 18 on VMware with 3D acceleration disabled. Has anyone figured out some other means, less sluggish?
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Old 30th January 2013, 10:12 PM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

Maybe try to add
Code:
mks.gl.allowBlackstedDrivers = "TRUE"
to the vmx file and see if the 3d works. This works for me for Windows guests , but i didn't test it on Windows host. If it works add also
Code:
vmmouse.present = "FALSE"
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Old 7th February 2013, 05:20 PM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

I'm still struggling to get 3D acceleration to work in Fedora 18 with Workstation 9/Player 5 (on a Windows 7 host). I've seen the reports here suggesting that the problem is with the OpenGL libraries or display drivers on Fedora, and that I need to enable blacklisted drivers in VMware. However, 3D acceleration seems to work just fine with Ubuntu 10.4 running on exactly the same host. Does anybody know what the differences are between Fedora and Ubuntu that enable this to work with Ubuntu but not with Fedora?

Thanks,

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Old 4th March 2013, 03:27 AM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

I too have the same problem, disabling 3D acceleration works. Any permanent solution ?
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Old 23rd April 2013, 12:40 AM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

This appears to be fixed. Not sure if this was fixed in the latest VMware upgrade (I'm using VMWare Player 5.0.2) or in a recent Fedora upgrade (I'm now running Fedora 18 build 3.8.8-202) but in any event, it is now possible to use 3D acceleration.
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Old 23rd April 2013, 04:55 AM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

Host OS: Windows 7 64bit
VMWare Workstation 9.0.1 build-894247

trying to install Fedora-18-x86_64-Live-Desktop as a VM. Followed the above workarounds disabling 3D, but couldnt able to get a successful installation. can anyone help me please.

Result:
mount: unknown file system type 'DM_snapshot_cow'
"Warning: Could not boot. ... Entering emergency mode."


Thanks indeed
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Old 29th April 2013, 02:26 PM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

Quote:
Originally Posted by clauwers View Post
This appears to be fixed. Not sure if this was fixed in the latest VMware upgrade (I'm using VMWare Player 5.0.2) or in a recent Fedora upgrade (I'm now running Fedora 18 build 3.8.8-202) but in any event, it is now possible to use 3D acceleration.
I'm having the halt at the blue "falling stars" screen, as well. I'm using VMWare Player 5.0.2 build-1031769, and the Fedora-18-x86_64-DVD.iso image. Is there a way to get more detailed version information from the ISO image?

How do I get the fixed build 3.8.8-202 of Fedora? How do I know which build I'm running?
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Old 25th May 2013, 02:48 PM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

Does anyone have any suggestions? My VMWare installation of Fedora has become unusable. After I login, I get a screen that says "Could not apply the stored configuration for monitors". That goes away after a couple seconds with no user intervention, and I get a sad computer icon that says "Oh no! Something has gone wrong. A problem has occurred and the system can't recover. Please log out and try again".
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Old 28th May 2013, 06:19 AM
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Re: Fedora 18 on VMware Player

try:
(disable Accelerated 3d graphics, also reduce display to 1024x768 until you have the vmware tools working)
Boot Live CD in VMware Player.

Go to a terminal

su - root
yum install mesa* (kb.vmware.com 2044682)

you can then adjust the display to see the Live install CD options

Install the Live CD as normal.


then to get the vmtools installed, try:
(http://www.ceyhunkirmizitas.net/linu...-in-fedora-18/)

yum update -y audit
yum install -y gcc kernel-headers kernel-devel
./vmware-install.pl
This is an option you need to set in vmtools:
/usr/src/kernel/<version>/include
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