Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The error message across different browsers was the typical web page isn't available default browser error message.
After much hair-pulling, I discovered that my Windows Vista hosts file has lost the IPv4 mapping to localhost, and restoring the localhost entry put things right again.
Hope this helps someone out there save the 60 mins I spent downloading, updating VMware server (a whopping 500+ mb download these days) before finding the true cause.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
When my notebook boots up (a Fujitsu Lifebook S7010), Windows XP will activate the Add New Hardware wizard, but neither successfully adds the hardware automatically, nor offer any clue as to what the device might be, simple listing it as Unknown in the Wizard.
Today, I got around to allowing it to install without drivers, in order to look up further info. Lo and behold, when you view the unknown device's Properties in Device Manager, and in the Details tab, the Device Instance ID lists it as "ACPI/FUJ02B1/xxxxxxxxxx".
Googl'ing "FUJ02B1" took me to a Fujitsu Support and Download Page, which lists the device as an ACPI controller.
Downloaded the "acpi.exe" file, extracted the file contents (it's a self-extracting zip file), and used the Add New Hardware wizard to install the driver manually, and Viola!
Driver installed, Hibernation tab appears in Power Properties, and Windows no longer prompts to install a driver upon log-in.
Note added on 9 Sep 2009: This have apparently worked on a couple of other Fujitsu Lifebooks, including a C-6651.
Friday, July 3, 2009
I've been using a variety of Fujitsu laptops, and one thing I cannot live without is dual-screen support.
And where dual-screen is concerned, my secondary monitor is a rotatable LCD, and the Fujitsu laptops somehow disable the rotate feature (I'm using the latest Intel drivers).
I've had to fiddle/experiment with various registry settings to enable screen rotation, and each different chipset seems to use a different registry key.
Anyway, the point being that, I've discovered an amazing utility that simplifies all that. iRotate.
It's amazing, cos it just works. Give it a whirl!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
- "Power Off" or "Reset Guest" from the host is equivalent to yanking the power cord cord. It works.
- "Shut Down Guest" from Host, or "shutdown -h" from Guest will end will gracefully shutdown the FreeBSD process, but not power-off the machine.
- This is a workaround, and unsupported by VMware (at least until whenever VMware fixes this problem)
- Presumably ACPI needs to be enabled in the FreeBSD guest.
- This needs to be done everytime you update VMware Tools.