I have been fighting for quite some time to get Solaris 10 installed and working properly under VMwae Fusion 1.1 on an Intel Core 2 Duo Mac. I think this is an interaction problem between VMware Fusion and Solaris 10. Even if you tell VMware Fusion that you want to install Solaris in 32-bit mode, VMware doesn’t disable the 64-bit, long-word instruction support (available from the host). Thus, Solaris 10 is able to detect that 64-bit, long-word instructions are available and boots a 64-bit kernel. VMware then complains about the fact that the virtual machine was configured in 32-bit mode but the guest is trying to execute 64-bit instructions.
The work-around is pretty easy: it consists of disabling 64-bit, long-word instructions in the VMware configuration file for the guest. This is described in greater detail in article Installing Solaris 10 as a 32-Bit Guest Operating System on a 64-Bit Host Machine but consists mainly in editing the
.vmx virtual machine’s configuration file and adding the following line:
monitor_control.disable_longmode = 1
Rebooting the installation, or booting an already installed virtual machine system should make Solaris boot into 32-bit mode.
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Right what I was looking for! Many Thanks!
Have you installed Solaris Express dev ed dual with XP?
What do you mean? Under VMware running in Windows as a host?
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thanks for the much needed info!! worked like a charm
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Hi, where do i locate that .vmx file ?Im using VM Fusion 2.0 All help appreciated?
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