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Floppy disk (A:) ???

  1. #11


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 8.1 - 64bit, Others in VMs


    You are totally right on this one Calico.

    My apologies. I just find it a bit difficult to get into VMware BIOS because it's only a fraction of a second visible . And the floppy doesn't annoy me since VMware includes it on all OS types. But yes I've checked it now and you have to go in BIOS after all.

    Thanks
    Hopachi

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  2. #12


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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    You are totally right on this one Calico.

    My apologies. I just find it a bit difficult to get into VMware BIOS because it's only a fraction of a second visible . And the floppy doesn't annoy me since VMware includes it on all OS types. But yes I've checked it now and you have to go in BIOS after all.

    Thanks
    Hopachi
    There's a couple of things you can do to make it easier to access the BIOS.

    1. Edit the vmx file for the VM:
    a. Find the location of your VM vmx file
    b. Edit the file with a text editor
    c, Add the line bios.bootdelay = 50000 (modify the value to suite)

    2. Use the 'Boot On to BIOS' option:
    a. Open VMWare
    b. Select VM/Power On/Boot On to BIOS
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  3. #13


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Yes I've heard about this workaround. Good one.
    But then the vm will take that extra time to boot up because of the bios delay.

    The 50000 value: that in milliseconds, right? So you have 50 seconds time to enter the bios!
    That's more than enough. All I gotta do is press ESC button once to enter bios.

    Thanks
    Hopachi
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  4. #14


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 8.1 - 64bit, Others in VMs


    Talking about floppy drives:

    VMware Player 4.0.3 released:

    # The following issues are resolved
    * VMware floppy device out-of-bounds memory write
    - Due to a flaw in the virtual floppy configuration it was possible to perform an out-of-bounds memory write. This vulnerability allowed a guest user to crash the VMX process or to potentially execute code on the host.

    * VMware SCSI device unchecked memory write
    - Due to a flaw in the SCSI device registration it was possible to perform an unchecked write into memory. This vulnerability allowed a guest user to crash the VMX process or to potentially execute code on the host.


    Download VMware Player 4.0.3 - Change Log - FileHippo.com

    Just to mention it here.

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  5. #15


    Here in Mexico, many new computers still use floppy disks. It is so that poor kids can do their computer homework at the library.
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