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Strange sound with VMWare Workstation

  1. #11


    Posts : 18
    Windows 7 x64


    It's clearly a vmware bug. I started to experience it ever since vmware workstation 8.0 onwards. On ALL host and guest operating systems I tested it - hosts: Win2003 server, Win2008, Win7. Guests: all, from XP onwards.
    Now I test the latest 9.0.1, still not fixed. Nothing I tried so far seems to cure it. Not even the single-core thing.
    Just opening the WMPlayer seems to make it work perfectly Ok in all programs. But few seconds after I close WMP, it starts to stutter badly again.
    I'm still using the old 7.1.4 on my main machine just because of this! This is an unacceptable regression after 7.x and I won't be upgrading 7.1.4 at all, I had high hopes for 9.x, but it seems I'll stick with 7.1.4 forever. 8.0 also makes the host OS unstable as hell. Now I will not test 9 long enough to find out if that's improved.
    Totally disappointed by vmware with their 8.0 release and now 9. Up to 7.1.4 I was very happy with it, and I use it for ages.
    It seems the number 8.0 is evil not only for vmware.
    Last edited by tedych; 06 Jan 2013 at 08:00.

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  2. #12


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by tedych View Post
    It's clearly a vmware bug. I started to experience it ever since vmware workstation 8.0 onwards. On ALL host and guest operating systems I tested it - hosts: Win2003 server, Win2008, Win7. Guests: all, from XP onwards.
    Now I test the latest 9.0.1, still not fixed. Nothing I tried so far seems to cure it. Not even the single-core thing.
    Just opening the WMPlayer seems to make it work perfectly Ok in all programs. But few seconds after I close WMP, it starts to stutter badly again.
    I'm still using the old 7.1.4 on my main machine just because of this! This is an unacceptable regression after 7.x and I won't be upgrading 7.1.4 at all, I had high hopes for 9.x, but it seems I'll stick with 7.1.4 forever. 8.0 also makes the host OS unstable as hell. Now I will not test 9 long enough to find out if that's improved.
    Totally disappointed by vmware with their 8.0 release and now 9. Up to 7.1.4 I was very happy with it, and I use it for ages.
    It seems the number 8.0 is evil not only for vmware.
    I want them (VMware) to fully switch to x64 builds as they do it on Linux (here they had no syswow64 to become lazy and rely on it). Those hybrid versions they make for Windows are inferior to their Linux versions of the same version and inferior to Hyper-V and VirtualBox even if they have better features. We need fully integration and native compatibility.

    Why is the program made in x86 if itself requires (during install) x64 in the first place?

    Well the main reason for this: the interface doesn't need to be x64 the core itself is enough.
    A 64 bit interface will use a few megabytes more (wow! but we have enough memory for that I assume).

    I like VMPlayer as well, running happily on vmx 9.0.1 but the sound issues you got are known here as well.
    Your so-called evil 8 was just the beginning: it 9 you should be aware of. Because vmx 9 got extended from 8.

    The fact that our XP and 2003 machines work bad speaking of sound is because the development was focused on Server 2012 and Win8 machines and the exaggerated nested Hyper-V support (who runs that in a VMware VM anyway?).

    Anyway I still think they'll get it fixed in one of the upcoming releases, I'm quite positive , we'll just have to wait and see.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 18
    Windows 7 x64


    Well, WS8 and 9 look just about the same, that's true, and they surely follow an incremental update plan as well.
    I don't care if their management program is x32, I want 9, or whatever after v7.1.4, to at least behave as well as the 7.1.4 version.
    They clearly made something fatally wrong with it.
    I'm sceptic about whether they will fix it in an upcommng release. I was hoping to see this fixed in the 3 or 4 revisions in the 8.0 branch.

    Yes, the thing with nested hyper-v is ridiculous. Also they shouldn't touch anything related to older guest OSes when implementing support for Win8. It's just desperating how good programs turn into junk because of junk new operating systems.
    M*tro in Win server 2012?! Come on. I'm about to turn a tablet into a server ... The 8.0 number marks the beginning of the decline of whole platforms being once the best in their class, unfortunately.

    As to virtualbox - I have this too. It is inferior in almost every aspect. The graphic performance is terrible compared to vmware's. The network management is a bit inferior too.
    After we saw 8.0 for the first time, there were about 7 revisions in total if my memory serves me well. 3 or 4 in 8.0, and 2 or 3 in 9. Nothing makes me think positively on the resolution of this issue.
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  4. #14


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Yes. Compared to version 7, the 8 received only 4 revisions and the 9 just one (but this one is still early).
    Just like the production of Win8, they rushed the release date. That's even noticeable if you read the change-log of 9.0.0.
    (Something about the easy install feature not being able to detect Server 2012 because MS released RTM after the release of Workstation).

    I agree. VBox is still way behind with features and graphics but I like they pull it of nicely and no sound issues are made.
    Still, the GUI looks pretty bad on Win8.

    32 or 64 is not important as you say but one day in the future they'll have to get it done.
    That's not so important now because what they do works on 64.

    But I hope someone notices the sound bug and they begin working on it.
    Doesn't look to be a major issue.
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  5. #15


    DarkMart ==> Have you managed to permanently resolve this?

    I'm having the same issue with XP virtual machines on VMWare v8 or v9 when running under Windows 8. The SAME machine running on VMWare under Windows 7 works perfectly; but when run on a Windows 8 host the sound is very "scratchy". A Vista or Windows 7 virtual machine on the same VMWare host under Windows 8 works perfectly -- so this only impacts XP.

    It would really be nice to get this resolved -- I plan to try the process you outlined in an earlier post; but I also noticed that it didn't permanently resolve it, as the issue came back in a few days. Just curious if you've found a good solution to this.
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  6. #16


    ... by the way, I also tried the same virtual machines (both XP and Windows 7 VM's) on the latest version of VMWare Player with the same results ==> the Windows 7 VM works perfectly regardless of whether the host is Windows 7 or Windows 8; the XP machine works perfectly with a Windows 7 host; but has unacceptable "scratchy" sound under a Windows 8 host.

    It would REALLY be nice to get this resolved !!
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  7. #17


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    The sound is really annoying on XP 64 but it happens mostly with system sounds (can be disabled) and didn't happened with other sound programs... sometimes.

    Other things worth a try is by changing the default sound card:
    Click image for larger version
    This is a portion of VM Tweaker that allows you to customize detailed VM settings.
    You also find a help file on the site.

    I still didn't tested the sound part but will do when I get the chance.

    That's all I can say.
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  8. #18


    The various options in VM Tweaker don't help -- BUT I did discover something very interesting in the process of trying various things. IF Windows Media Player is running, the sound works perfectly !!! For example, if you stream a video from Yahoo, the sound will be very distorted ("scratchy"). But if you load Media Player -- you do NOT have to play anything with it, just load it -- and then stream the same video from Yahoo it will play perfectly !! The hardware version of the virtual machine doesn't matter -- I've tried this with v6, v7, v8, and v9 virtual machines and they all behave the same !!

    As I noted already, Vista or Win7 VM's work perfectly; the issue is only with XP VMs and then only when running under a Windows 8 host => the SAME version of VMWare running under Windows 7 does not have this problem !!

    Definitely STRANGE. I've also rebuilt an XP VM from scratch under VMWare v9 running on Windows 8, just to be sure this wasn't something strange about the migration process -- but that VM has the exact same issue !!
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  9. #19


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Thanks for the info: after considering all that, it seems to be a glitch in the VM tools of XP.

    We'll see if the next Player update fixes that or not. (Fingers crossed)
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  10. #20


    Posts : 18
    Windows 7 x64


    The workaround with the Media Player was mentioned by me in the earlier post on that page . I discovered this too, after countless hours of troubleshooting. But having WMP constantly open in the background is not an option, clearly.
    By the way this happens to me with older HOST OS-es as well (Win2003/2008/7) - I even don't have Win8 installed on this machine.

    It's either XP and older are completely ignored by vmware already (and we'll never see an update to this problem), or we'll see an update that addresses this after a decade . I'm so pessimistic.
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