On Fri, May 31, 2002 at 10:54:54AM -0500, David W. Chapman Jr. wrote:
> I'm running windows XP and vmware 3.1.1 with a guest os of FreeBSD
> 4.5 which I'm going to upgrade to -current. I couldn't find too much
> info on this thread. Does anyone know if vmware3 is affected by this
> problem when using a windows host os?
> David W. Chapman Jr.
> [EMAIL PROTECTED] Raintree Network Services, Inc. <www.inethouston.net>
> [EMAIL PROTECTED] FreeBSD Committer <www.FreeBSD.org>
As I mentionned several times now in this thread, I am running VMWare
3.1.1 with a host OS being Windows2000 and a guest OS, -CURRENT. I am
doing this on my laptop so that I can "trick" -CURRENT into playing
with my PCMCIA network card that is not supported but that works when
used through VMWare due to VMWare emulating a LANCE type (lnc) card.
Here are the issue I ran into with -CURRENT as guest, and what I've
done to solve them so far:
1) Issue: -CURRENT installation boots, kernel boots, sysinstall
starts, but newfs-ing on partitions is EXTREMELY slow.
Solution: Don't use the VMware 'virtual disk' thing backed with a file
on the host OS. Instead, create a separate partition for FreeBSD and
install there. Disk access is quite a bit faster.
2) Issue: sysinstall now can newfs easily/quickly, it starts the
install on / first, but eventually slows down to a crawl (the rate
sinks to something ridiculous, like 0.5K/s.
Solution: Haven't figured it out yet. My plan is to:
(i) Re-install -CURRENT snap in the separate partition but not
through VMWare (i.e. do it the "normal" way).
(ii) Boot -CURRENT normally
(iii) Rebuild kernel without cmpxchg instruction (cpu I386_CPU, or
whatever the name of that option was).
(iv) Boot host OS windows2000, start VMWare, and try booting the
installed -CURRENT with the new cmpxchg-free kernel via
I hope this at least improves the speed situation.
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