On Sat, Jan 25, 2003 at 03:44:18PM -0800, nate wrote:
> Michael Ritchie said:
> > Not sure if this should be in -QUESTIONS or a report to VMware themselves,
> > but when attempting to run FreeBSD 5 within VMware Workstation 3.2 on a
> > Windows XP Pro host, the CPU usage sits at 100% -- whether there are any
> > processes undertaking heavy processing or not.  The host PC is a 1.7GHz
> > P4, with 512MB RAM, so there shouldn't be any problems.  It takes about 2
> > minutes for 'man man' to bring up a page.  4.6.2 and 4.7 both work GREAT,
> > even in X.
> >
> > Any thoughts on why this might be the case??
> this is symtomatic of the guest OS(freebsd in this case) not having
> advanced power management features enabled.

No, it's symptomatic of VMWARE emulating a certain CPU opcode (used in
FreeBSD 5.0 for locking primitives) very inefficiently.  See my
previous response.


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