if you are a more frequent visitor of my blog, you will have read, that I’ve tested VMWare Workstation 8 with some games and posted the results here. Well, recently after the release of VMWare Workstation 9, I upgraded my licence downloaded this version and tried to get this new bunch of software running at my Ubuntu 12.04 installation.
Somebody of you will know, that I have a newer machine, an ASUS N56VZ to be exact. Well, this machine has NVidia Optimus support and some other stuff (for e. g. LED backlight), which only works with an 3.5 kernel version for me. Because of this, I’ve downloaded the kernel packages for the latest Ubuntu 12.10 development release and installed it.
Well, now I’m able to use my Fn keys and even my NVidia graphic card without any problems. But now, while I’m useing a 3.5 kernel, VMWare Workstation 9 refuses to starting up. I’m able to install, compile the modules and enter the licence key, but shortly after trying to work or to start a VM, I get a “stack trace flood” which causes my X Server to freeze.
Willy Sudiarto Raharjo wrote something at his blog to that problem which you can read here: http://slackblogs.blogspot.de/2012/09/stay-away-from-vmware-workstation-9-for.html
He actually is describeing the same problem. He already found out how to fix that “stack trace flood” with a Workstation 8, but the (nearly) same procedure does not work with Workstation 9 as it seems. I’ve tested the new submitted patch for kernel 3.5 and Workstation 9 on myself, but it doesn’t help for me, too. I always get the “stack trace flood” recently, after I started a virtual machine.
Well, Willy Raharjo has the same problems and he will post it on his blog as soon as their a new informations due to that error out there (VMWare itself knows about the problem (listed at the release notes from Workstation 9 under “Known Issues”)).
At the end, I have to say, that I just read some informations from VMWare to this new version which are something like “amazingly new 3D graphics and performances, especially for CAD and games” and I said to myself “Ok, I have to test this”, especially after I have seen some screens from VMWare, running Skyrim at a Windows 7 VM! But well, looks like I have to wait until I can test this and can tell more about this here …