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.