VMware Player 4.0.5 Release Notes

VMware Player 4.0.5 | 6 NOVEMBER 2012 | Build 893925

Last updated: 07 OCTOBER 2013

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These release notes cover the following topics:

Prior Releases of VMware Player

Known issues from prior releases of VMware Player are described in the release notes for each release. To view release notes for the prior release of VMware Player, see the following links.

Resolved Issues

The following issues are resolved in VMware Player 4.0.5.

Operating System Updates

  • Windows 8 and Windows 2012 are officially supported in Player 5.0 only; however, several issues with running these operating systems on the host and as the guest were addressed.

  • The following operating systems are now supported host and guest operating systems:

    • Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10
    • RHEL 5.8 and 6.3
    • CentOS 5.8 and 6.3
    • OpenSUSE 12.1 and 12.2
    • Fedora 17 is supported as a guest only.

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General Improvements

  • The Player 4 UI no longer crashes when attempting to edit Virtual Machine Settings on systems where the vminst.log file permissions were read-only.

  • Player can now start a virtual machine on a Linux hosts with huge pages enabled and in use without displaying an unable to reserve memory error.

  • Occasionally, a Bluetooth device that failed to connect to a virtual machine would cause an unrecoverable error to be displayed. This issue has been resolved.

  • When Player detects a CPU clock speed that spikes in excess of 6000MHz, Player displayed an error and prevented users from running virtual machines until the clock speed baseline was reset. Player has been modified to allow you to continue to run virtual machines after encountering this event.

  • Adding or removing USB printers from the host was not always reflected correctly in the virtual machine. This issue has been fixed.

  • After a file has been modified on the host that is shared with the guest operating system, listing the permissions of that file from within a Linux guest displays ??????????. The HGFS code has been fixed and the file permissions are now displayed correctly.

  • On certain systems, Player was unable to detect when the hardware-assisted virtualization technology was enabled. The virtualization technology detection algorithm has been modified to correct this problem.

  • International keyboards are now mapped correctly on Fedora-16 and RHEL-6 hosts.

  • When a Unity Mode window of an application running in a Linux virtual machine was minimized and restored, the resulting window occasionally displayed in an incorrect size. You were unable to resize the new window without exiting Unity Mode. This problem no longer occurs.

  • When running Ubuntu 11.10 in a virtual machine and toggling in and out of Unity Mode, the application launcher on the Ubuntu desktop occasionally failed to display correctly. This issue has been fixed.

  • The host and guest clipboards were not synchronized if you activated a Unity window via the keyboard (Alt+Tab). This issue has been fixed.

  • Text copied from the mrxvt terminal emulator running in a virtual machine can now be pasted to the host.

  • An issue that caused certain calculations run on Isagraph Workbench 3.55 (and other programs that use win87em.dll) to occasionally encounter the error WSCM1EDT caused a General Protection Fault... has been fixed.

  • During the upgrade or restore of an iPad 3 device via iTunes running in a virtual machine, Player will now automatically reconnect the device to the virtual machine and complete the operation without manual intervention.

  • I/O latency issues have been addressed by increasing the total number of workerLib threads available in the VMX.

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VMware Tools Improvements

  • VMware Tools have been updated to load successfully in Solaris 10 and 11 guests.

  • Installing VMware Tools in FreeBSD 9.0 no longer fails.

  • Default VMware Tools Suspend/Resume scripts used to start network services no longer fail on OpenSUSE 12.1.

  • After upgrading VMware Tools in a Windows virtual machine, some users encountered an access violation error message on startup. The thinprint.dll file is now correctly installed to avoid this issue.

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Known Issues

Known issues from prior releases of VMware Player 4 also might apply to VMware Player 4.0.5.

  • RHEL 6.x sound card produces constant background noise in Windows 7 virtual machine
    Certain sound cards on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.x may produce stuttering or garbled sound when set up in surround sound mode (4.0, 5.1 or 7.1 output). This is due to an issue with how older versions of the ALSA PulseAudio plug-in handles the underrun condition.

    Workaround: Do one of the following.

    • Update alsa-plugins-pulseaudio to version 1.0.24 that has the appropriate fix applied.
    • Add sound.bufferTime = "400" to the VMX file.

  • Virtual machines imported with OVF Tool 3.0 do not function with Player 4
    Virtual machines exported from Virtual Box 4.2.2 and imported into Player 4.0.5 with OVF Tool 3.0 may be created with a virtual hardware version that is too new for Player 4. The virtual machine cannot be powered on in Player 4.

    Workaround: Change the hardware version manually.

    1. Open the .vmx file of the virtual machine.
    2. Edit virtualhw.version = 9 to virtualhw.version = 8
    3. Save the file and restart the virtual machine.

  • Unity appears disabled for Ubuntu 12.04 guest
    When you power on any guest using the Ubuntu Unity desktop environment (Ubuntu 11.10+), the Unity menu and Unity tool bar appears disabled. Unity is also disabled for guests using Compiz and Enlightenment window managers.

    Unity has been disabled for Linux operating systems that include the new OpenGL driver. The new driver does not yet support running in Unity mode therefore the toolbar button and menu items will be disabled for virtual machines that include this driver.

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