We have a VMWare Fusion user running MAC OSX 10.6 host with a Windows XP guest who would end up with white boxes displayed instead of the correct menus. A reboot would fix it for a few hours, then it would happen again, requiring yet another reboot.
The way we fixed it is as follows.
On the guest Windows XP do the following.
Click Start > Control Panel > Display.
Click Settings > Advanced > Troubleshoot.
Move the Hardware acceleration slider one notch to the left toward None.
Click OK until you close the Display Properties dialog.
Reboot the guest Windows XP operating system.
I had been trialling VMWare Fusion on the Mac, and although it was working fine, I decided not to pay the money and keep using it as I found SUN’s free VirtualBox software and decided to give that a whirl instead.
I wanted to remove all traces of VMWare Fusion as I like to keep all of my computers as uncluttered as possible, and here is the best way of doing it.
1 Power off all running virtual machines, and quit VMware Fusion.
2 In the Finder, open the folder Macintosh HD/Library/Application
Support/VMware Fusion, and double-click Uninstall Vmware Fusion.
3 When you are prompted to confirm, click Uninstall.
4 Enter your administrative password to begin the uninstallation.
When the uninstallation is complete, a confirmation message is displayed.
I had this problem with one of our creative staff at work today.
The creatives all run Mac’s with either VMware Fusion or Parrallels for Mac so that they can run a Windows XP guest OS with Office 2007. The main reason for this is that Outlook 2007 integrates better with our Exchange 2007 servers than Entourage.
I started researching the issue on the Vmware website, and found lots of references to the deleting of .vmss files and .nvram files.
I tried these, but it would still crash Fusion when I tried to start the guest OS.
I attempted to create a new guest using the existing hard disk .vmdk file, but this didn’t work either.
I then disabled the optical drive on the guest settings, and voila, it started!
This seems to be an issue with only the Macbook Air, and only if you have removed the superdrive, but not told Fusion about it.