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I had the same problem and noticed that in the device manager, Windows believed I had a "HID-compliant touch screen". I just told Windows to disable it and the swipe tips immediately disappeared. Control Panel>Device Manager>Human Interface Devices>HID-compliant touch screen, right-click, select "Disable".


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For some reason, the auto-installed VMWare tools didn't do the job, but Ubuntu has a tool called vmware-hgfsmounter, if I installed it then I could do this: sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools sudo mkdir /mnt/hgfs sudo mount -t vmhgfs .host:/ /mnt/hgfs After running these commands, /mnt/hgfs should now contain your shares.


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The thread Limiting CPU speed in a virtual machine offers some advice : On VMWare ESX and ESXi you can create a Resource Pool and limit the CPU Resources for that pool. This would allow you limit the CPU speed of any systems created in that Resource Pool. Settings in MS hyper-V allow to limit a virtual machine to a percent of the overall host. So if you ...


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Alternatively, if you are using Windows 7, you can mount the .vhd file in the drive manager, then use that mounted drive as a physical drive in vmware.


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I know this question does not explicitly mention Parallels, but maybe some of my settings/experience there will be transferable to settings with VMWare Fusion. I am running a MacBook Pro running on OS X 10.7.3 with an Intel Core i7 2.2GHz and 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 memory for my RAM. The version of Parallels I am using is Parallels 7. Some important notes ...


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Some parts of VMWare Tools will silently fail to install unless they can compile a kernel extension. That requires a compiler and the generic headers for the current kernel, so install those: sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) And then run sudo vmware-config-tools.pl


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Try using the vmrun utility included with VMWare Fusion. Launch the VM in Fusion and execute this command (in a Terminal window) to make vmrun can see it: /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/vmrun list If the problematic virtual machine shows up, run: /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/vmrun -T fusion stop "/path/to/.vmx" hard That ...


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EDIT The first version of instructions I posted caused conflicts with the nameserver and gateway that VMware put on vmnet8. This version corrects the issue. Software versions: MAC OS X Version 10.6.3 VMware Fusion Version 3.1.0 (261058) Ubuntu 10.04 LTS What I have done: During creation of the VM, set networking to NAT. On Linux Guest: Run ifconfig to ...


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That process is used for VMware's virtual printing feature. They sit around waiting for data from virtual machines. (You can quit them with Activity Monitor if they're in the way, with no ill effects.)


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I wrote to Microsoft and asked the question about OEM. They said it was ok. This was the answer: You can install it on your Mac as long as it not has been installed on another computer. When it comes to OEM, the license will be locked to that specific motherboard.


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Aha — indeed you can, as per this thread on the VMWare discussion boards about this issue, assuming: The file is a sparse disk image, and not pre-allocated. The VM does not have snapshots. In short: Erase free space on the guest OS’s disk from within the guest OS using Disk Utility, then shrink the guest OS’s disk from the host OS using ...


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I've used a Win7 virtual machine on VMware Fusion 3.0, on both a Mac Pro and a MacBook Pro. I haven't had any performance problems, the virtual machine performance on both systems was very good. I had the best results with Win7 when I configured the virtual machine to have 1 GB of RAM. (Full disclosure: I work on VMware Fusion.) I haven't personally tried ...


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For the needs described in the article, I'd probably go with VMware Fusion. It does a really nice job of bringing Mac and Windows together, especially with the "Unity View" feature. (Granted, I haven't tried Parallels or VirtualBox, but I have the impression they're not quite as good in this.) So do evaluate it to see if it fulfills your needs well enough - ...


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Parallels has massive downsides. I would recommend Fusion (if you want to spend the money) or Virtual Box (which I haven't used but have only heard good things about). All three can do the mixing desktops thing (called Coherence Mode in Parallels and Unity View in Fusion). In practice the mode is annoying. Fusion has a great advantage in that the VMs run ...


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I ran into the same problem on Vmware fusion 4 a few days ago using Ubuntu 12.04 as guest (Mac OS 10.6.8 as host). The short answer (my solution, at least) is DON'T install VMWare Fusion's supplied VMware tools; they don't work. instead, use Ubuntu apt-get (or the Synaptic user interface) to install open-vm-tools, the open source version of the vmware ...


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To paraphrase the iPhone ads, there's an app for that: Caffeine It is a menubar app. Click prevents computer from sleeping, click again and the computer can sleep like normal.


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I've had much luck with Fusion over Parallels. Across many Macs including a various desktop and laptop configurations, my company has all moved to Fusion (much needed since we have Windows users as well). Most of us have a BootCamp setup (best for TF2, Civ4 among other things) and set up other VMs to work with on external drives. Best of both worlds. I ...


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Having experienced the very, very slow performance of both VMware and Parallels, I'd probably go with Boot Camp. Granted, the experience isn't very seamless, you have to restart just to get into the other OS, but it offers the best performance possible. For me, speed is an important factor. I have to wait a few extra seconds for every task I do in the ...


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To force the machine to enter the BIOS setup once (but continue booting normally on subsequent start-ups), add bios.forceSetupOnce = "TRUE" to VM's .vmx file. Alternatively, quickly press F2 while booting. To make this easier, set bios.bootDelay = "xxxx" in the .vmx file, where xxxx is the number of milliseconds during which the VM will wait for the F2 ...


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VMware Fusion comes with an app to do this; it's named VMDKMounter, and is located in /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/. Nathan L is correct that it requires the installation of MacFUSE (which should have automatically been installed when you installed VMware Fusion). To use it, you should be able to right-click your virtual machine file, choose ...


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Even if cost is no issue I like Virtualbox because it's cross-platform. You can run your VM's on almost any other machine/OS, not just macs. I have a development VM that I bring with me on a usb drive together with installation files for virtualbox. I can have my personal environment up and running within minutes on almost any computer. I can't compare ...


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Leave it plugged into the power adapter, and set this in System Preferences -> Energy Saver. When its on battery, set it to sleep after however long you want. This might not be the exact solution you're looking for, but I don't know of any software that will automatically handle this without some kind of intervention. Apps like Caffeine or InsomniaX ...


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The more ram that you can dedicate to your virtual machine the better. Even one more gig of ram dedicted to your virtual machine will make it run better. You might also want to go through the services that are running in the background of the windows installation and turn off those that are not needed as those will free up more memory for you.


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We have just performed this operation on two PCs, a dead desktop and a dead laptop. It was a long haul though, and most of the suggestion over at How to convert laptop drive (with a dead laptop) for use as VMware image? were of limited use. What didn't work We tried creating a new VM with both raw disk access and it's own virtual disk, cloning one to the ...


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Windows 7 comes with a nice little application called Snipping Tool. If you open your start menu and type it in the search it should come up.


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If you have any VMware Fusion guests running, open up the Settings -> Printers and disable this feature. This usually will stop the thnuclnt service.


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Not an Mac OS X user but I read somewhere that Finder uses base-10 nowadays. Could the difference be that du still uses base-2? 49.0 GiB * (1024^3 bytes / GB) = 52,613,349,376 bytes = 52.6 GB (the small difference is because du is rounding to the nearest GB)


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I found a couple answers elsewhere. Quoting from my first source: You may or may not want to add the location of vmrun to your default path. I chose not to as I will mostly be interacting with vmrun through shell scripts. To Launch the virtual machine named VA-LAMP.vmx which is located in the standard virtual machine directory enter the ...



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