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VMware Server 1.04 Guest Fix

This document describes how to fix the guest support for some Linux distributions, like Fedora 8, in VMware Server 1.04.

This howto is a practical guide without any warranty – it doesn’t cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system – this is the way I chose.


1 Problem

You’ve created a virtual machine with a newer Linux distribution like Fedora 8 and want to start it to begin with the installation – but it hangs at the point where the ata_piix driver is beeing loaded:


2 Solution

Stop the virtual machine and open its .vmx-file.


Add the following line and save the file:

scsi0.virtualDev = “lsilogic”

Now start the virtual machine – you’ll get a notice like this:


Click on “Yes”. Afterwards the virtual machine will run properly.


  • VMware-Server: