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VMWare and virtual machines
« on: October 9, 2011, 09:02:01 pm »
OK, got a new laptop for work.  Long story short, made a virtual machine out of my old laptop (a lot of the software I have to use won't run in Windows 7 32 or 64 bit).  I used VMWare to create and run the virtual machine (problems with Windows 7 XP mode - my old software doesn't like it).
The problem I'm having is getting USB devices recognized in the virtual machine.  For example, if I plug in a thumb drive, the host machine will see it, but not the virtual machine.  Tried this on another guy's computer who's running Windows Vista, and it wasn't a problem. 
I used VMWare Converter to make the virtual image and am using VMPlayer 3.1.4 to run it.  Same thing was used to make/run the virtual image on the other guy's machine.

Anybody else ever use this stuff and have any ideas?
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    Re: VMWare and virtual machines
    « Reply #1 on: November 1, 2011, 09:17:41 pm »
    Check to make sure the VM guest has a USB controller configured on it. I gave a quick glance at the release notes and verified that USB 2.0 support was added in version 2.0 of the player, so as long as your version is >2.0 you should be good there.

    I work with VMWare (Workstation, vSphere & View) every day and know that the Player should work fine for you. If you know anyone that has access to ThinApp that would allow you to virtualize individual applications vs. having to have your entire old laptop virtualized. I've been able to run Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 side-by-side with ThinApp.

    hope that helps.

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    Re: VMWare and virtual machines
    « Reply #2 on: November 2, 2011, 09:31:41 am »
    A question out of the virtual machine topic:
    Did you try running your old software in compatibility mode?

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    Re: VMWare and virtual machines
    « Reply #3 on: November 7, 2011, 10:07:27 am »
    A question out of the virtual machine topic:
    Did you try running your old software in compatibility mode?

    Alex

    The older versions of the software won't even install.  Unfortunately, some of the software is firmware revision level dependent.

    I think I have found enough work around for most of what I need to be able to do to make this work.  Player 4.0 seems to have helped out.  Although what would really be nice is to get my ExpressCard slot shared with the virtual machine, but so far no luck.
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