Just a thought, might be irrelevant: You’ve left your host operating system too short on RAM, only left it 400Mb = 13%, so it will strangle. The recommended levels for the VM are a far smaller fraction of the whole RAM. Maybe??
I don’t recommend that you sign your virtual machine more than half of your system’s RAM.
What processes are there running on both your Linux host and Windows guest that are using any significant amount of CPU? My Windows guest suffers from the ‘100% CPU utilisation by svchost.exe bug’ every time I open it up and try to access something that goes online (it’s only Windows, I can’t be bothered to work out why it does it).
Yes, I have a simalar configuration and the same problem like joris20. My vmware workstation runs on a MS Windows 2003 Enterprise Server. When I start openSuse 11.1 in my VM, the cpu runs lie a mad and hangs my server. Windows Task Manager shows that th vmware workstations blocks all cpu’s recources. Often I can switch off my server, only.
On a second view I found out to switch off the my anti-virus program while openSuSE 11.1 boots. Abfter booting the linux I switch my anti-virus on, again. That my helps for a while but it doesn’t solve the problem.
Either openSuSE or VW worstation 6.5 has a bug. It is unnormal.