Running VMware6 on Feisty makes everything slow to a crawl

Corey Cohen coreymon77 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 21 19:37:35 GMT 2008


is that a dual core machine or no?

On Jan 21, 2008 1:52 PM, Dexter Filmore <Dexter.Filmore at gmx.de> wrote:

> Posted this on user list, no response, possibly a kernel config thing so
> I'd
> like to bring it up here:
>
> Machine:
> AthlonXP 3200+ @2.2GHz, 1GB RAM, nForce2 mobo.
>
> Operating systems:
>
> -Kubuntu 7.04 with 2.6.22 kernel backported from gutsy, X on free r300
> -debian 4.0r2, kernel 2.6.18-k7, X on free r300
> -Slackware 11, kernel 2.6.17.9 custom, X on ATi fglrx
>
> VMware6 installed on all 3 OSses, all can access the same VMs, I used the
> same
> WinXP on a 384MB RAM VM on all three environments, latest VMtools
> installed.
>
> Results:
> Slackware performs blazing fast, restoring the suspended XP takes 1 or 2
> seconds before Windows responds, about 15-30 seconds before the VM is
> fully
> restored. Suspend happens instantaneous, less than a second.
> Can switch between VMware and other apps with neglectible performance
> impact.
>
> Debian: similar, resume takes a little longer, up to about a minute, then
> everything is smooth, suspend instantaneous as on Slackware.
> Can switch between VMware and other apps with neglectible performance
> impact
> as on Slack. Kaffeine, Opera with Java, Google Earth all running, all
> fine,
> video encoder running in the VM.
>
> Kubuntu: VMware complains that /dev/rtc is not available because it is
> used by
> anothe application. lsof shows nothing accessing rtc. Hints on VMware site
> unuseful: this cpu doesn't even have throttling.
>
> Resuming the suspended WinXP VM takes between 4 and 5 minutes (!!).
> The system performs afterwards as if it was runnign on 256MB and with L2
> cache
> diabled. Working impossible. Suspending the VM takes about 20-30 seconds.
>
>
> Useful hints on where to investigate most welcome.
>
> 2.6.22 was backported to Feisty by me due to USB issues with the stock
> 2.6.20,
> but tests show same behaviour with 2.6.20.
>
> Dex
>
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