Bug 81982 - vmware won't work > 2.4.20-2.13
vmware won't work > 2.4.20-2.13
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Dave Jones
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2003-01-15 19:04 EST by Tim Clymo
Modified: 2015-01-04 17:02 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-10-26 00:03:16 EDT
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Description Tim Clymo 2003-01-15 19:04:35 EST
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Description of problem:
vmware workstation 3.2 (2230) has been working perfectly on recent kernels up to

On 2.4.20-2.15 and 2.4.20-2.18 (current in rawhide as of today) it's broken.

I get:
XIO:  fatal IO error 0 (Success) on X server ":0.0"
      after 3135 requests (3134 known processed) with 8 events remaining.

...or something similar - the exact number of requests varies.

Downgrade to 2.4.20-2.13 makes vmware work again

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Boot kernel 2.4.20-2.15 (or .18) - i686 uniprocessor
2.Run vmware

Actual Results:  Vmware crashed

Additional info:
Comment 1 Rick Richardson 2003-06-06 21:05:17 EDT
I upgaded by Redhat 7.2 to kernel 2.4.20-18.7.  vmware-config.pl 
Comment 2 Rick Richardson 2003-06-06 21:09:15 EDT
I upgaded my Redhat 7.2 to kernel 2.4.20-18.7.  vmware-config.pl builds the
kernel modules without complaint.  But now, when I try to start the Guest OS,
vmware just hangs there for a few minutes.  Nothing really happens on the
screen.  Then it dies.

I upgraded to this kernel from -13 in order to see if it would fix the USB stuff
that broke in -13.  It didn't fix the USB stuff, and broke vmware as my reward.
 I'm going back to kernel 2.4.9 for now, where both USB and vmware worked fine.
Comment 3 Rick Richardson 2003-06-06 21:37:47 EDT
Hmm.  More info.  If you let vmware sit for several minutes, it will eventually
start up the guest operating system (tried win 98 and XP).  Meanwhile, a check
of dmesg output shows a couple dozem "usb_control/bulk_msg: timeout" messages. 
These started right after vmware was launched.

I think the fact that USB is broken in 2.4.20-18.7 (compared to 2.4.9, on this
particular computer, at least) is also what is causing vmware to not work
properly, either.  YMMV.

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