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  1. #1
    markkiteflyer NNTP User

    Default Help - 11.1 upgrade broke vmplayer usb connections


    I have WinXP running in VMplayer 2.5.1 on openSuSE. Upgrading to
    openSuSE 11.1 has stopped my PDA talking to the WinXP guest OS when it
    worked perfectly under 11.0. My USB memory stick has also stopped
    working.

    When I connect the PDA (Dell Axim X51 running WinCE) or memory stick
    WinXP beeps for a USB device connected, but ActiveSync can't find the
    PDA and the disk doesn't appear to be mounted. The device manager
    reports that the driver encountered an error.

    As this is the identical VM that was running and working under 11.0 I
    don't think the problem lies with the WinXP guest OS.

    Running VMplayer from the console reports no errors. Both lspci on the
    host openSUSE and guest WinXP report the devices correctly.

    Anyone got any hints please?

    mark


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  2. #2
    markkiteflyer NNTP User

    Default Re: Help - 11.1 upgrade broke vmplayer usb connections


    Not sure I should answer my own post so rapidly, but I was digging and
    digging and found the solution to the PDA problem:

    adding the following to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    blacklist ipaq

    fixed the problem.

    Hope this helps someone else.

    mark


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    gumb NNTP User

    Default Re: Help - 11.1 upgrade broke vmplayer usb connections


    Hi Mark. I'd be interested to know how you went about setting up the
    WinXP installation in VMWare Player. I just posted about this in the
    following thread:

    'virtualization options for win xp guest in opensuse - openSUSE Forums'
    (http://tinyurl.com/7xugah)

    Would I be right in assuming you're using the official proprietary
    version of VMPlayer, downloaded from the VMWare site? If so, do they
    provide a SUSE-specific package in rpm form? And did you make a fresh
    WinXP virtual machine installation or did you manage to copy an existing
    installation?


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    markkiteflyer NNTP User

    Default Re: Help - 11.1 upgrade broke vmplayer usb connections


    Hi Gumb,

    Not sure that I can help. I run VMware Player 2.5.1 downloaded from
    the VMware site as a *.bundle file. I installed it by running as root:
    sh ./VMware<version>.bundle

    As I had an older version I had to do the fix of removing the old
    /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary folder as found on google.

    The virtual machine (WinXP) was built for me as a standard role-out VM
    by the work IT dept. I just open it with vmplayer and off it goes.
    Cheers

    Mark


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    gumb NNTP User

    Default Re: Help - 11.1 upgrade broke vmplayer usb connections


    Okay thanks.

    Sounds like it's still very much a proprietary package and specialised
    procedure, which is a bit of a shame. I just hope that if I go down this
    route, I won't find that in the future when I come to upgrade SUSE or
    the kernel, etc., that they've stopped providing the VMPlayer package or
    changed its configuration.


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