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Since I cannot seem to find any comments about this anywhere else on the internet I thought I would throw up a quick post. I’m running Redhat 6.5 on my desktop. Since I have certain things I need to do under windows I prefer to have a VM of windows running as opposed to a completely different system. Just makes life easier to have one keyboard, mouse, etc.

Anyhow. I’m running a

  • Dell Optiplex 790 with an i7 Intel processor and 16GB of ram.
  • Dual ATI Radeon HD 6450 video cards
  • 3 Dell 22xx monitors
  • 2 physical Network cards with the second set up in a bridged configuration.
  • Redhat 6.5 (Santiago)
  • Kernel 2.6.32-431.3.1.el6.x86_64
  • VMware-Workstation-Full-10.0.1-1379776.x86_64.bundle

Understand that everything worked just fine under an older version of the Redhat kernel. When I boot the old vmlinuz-2.6.32-358.18.1.el6.x86_64 things works fine. After trying Windows 2008, windows 7×64, windows 8×32 and windows 8×64 and becoming very frustrated I discovered a similarity. Things only lock up AFTER I install vmware tools. I didn’t catch this at first because the problem started after I upgrade the Redhat Kernel and my existing VM of Win2008x64 was already built and running.

So. The symptom. Everything is good to go. I fire up the VM and everything starts just fine. I get to the login screen for windows, log in, and about 10-15 seconds later the Redhat system freezes. We’re talking a physical power off and back on to get it to release. All networking stops also. I tried pinging and ssh to no avail.

So. That’s it. I don’t have a solution, only the problem. I uninstalled VMware player, reinstalled, updated to the very latest, tried 3 different windows operating systems, etc. Tried a known, older, VM, copied VM’s, scratch built VM’s, etc. Every time vmtools installs, WHAM!, freezes.



This weekend I met up with some of my American Legion Rider buddies (Chapter 31 Black Sheep) for a ride up from the Carmel post to Alice’s Restaurant and back. We went up along the coast and then back down through the redwoods. It was a beautiful day for a ride. Sunny and warm.

Ride route

Ride route

I took my GoPro with me, unfortunately I was trying to use it while rideing. IE I hit the wrong buttons and don’t have a nice video of the ride. I’ll try to do better next time. 🙂



It’s funny. When life is pretty normal, read as unstressed, I do a lot of posting. However, the more stressed life has been the less I tend to post. I find it hard to post about the simple things in life when life is going through a difficult phase.

So, some of the normal things in life. I’m playing with a GoPro Hero3+ camera now. After the SEMA conference I received a $100 off certificate. Basically 1/3 off. So I stepped up and bought myself a toy. I haven’t done a lot with it yet. I discovered that mounting it on the fairing of the motorcycle induced too much shake for a good video. So now it’s mounted on the top of my helmet. It looks like I have a periscope on my head, but it’s amazing how well your neck works as a shock absorber.

As you can see by a prior post, I’m working on a 1969 Triumph. It’s not actually mine yet, but it will be. It should be a fun little project for the girls and I.

Roberta and I’s divorce is nearly completed. Talk about a lot of work. Getting divorced in California begins as a nightmare and gets worse. But, I successfully worked through the dozens of forms, filings, etc and finished it without needing to hire a lawyer to fill things out. It was close, but it looks to be completed.

Megan is back to living with us. She spent the last 5 months living with my parents down in the southern tip of Texas.

Molly, Nora, Megan, and I are all still living in the same house in Pacific Grove California. It’s a nice place to live.

Here are a couple of before and afters of the tail light wiring and fuse box’s. Just making a record of some of the work so far. It’s been a fun vacation working on the car.

One of the fuse panels before I cleaned it up

One of the fuse panels before I cleaned it up


After some clean up

After some clean up no longer all red


The second fuse panel, all red with overspray

The second fuse panel, all red with over spray


Cleaned off the red paint and labeled a bit

Cleaned off the red paint and labeled a bit


Rough diagram of the fuse panel wiring.

Rough diagram of the fuse panel wiring.


Here’s to a new year.

Goodbye 2013.

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