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Strange sound with VMWare Workstation

  1. #1


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Pro

    Strange sound with VMWare Workstation


    I tried VMWare Workstation 9 on Windows 8. VMWare Workstation is probably the best choice for an alternative of XP Mode. XP Mode is supported by Windows 7, but I use Windows 8. The sound of my virtual machine (Win XP) is strange, scratchy, distorted... The problem can simply be Windows 8 (it's a new OS), but I'm trying to have an alternative of XP Mode to play old games et use old sofware. Without a good sound, it's not very interesting.

    Does anyone have this problem ?

    I found something intersting on VMWare's forum : VMware Communities: Audio stuttering on VMware Workstation...

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  2. #2


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Yes I have that sometimes.
    Still a mystery but can be related to underclocked CPU (power plan options) I use, or in general no updated VM tools.

    Use 1 CPU for VM's where you test old programs (including games). Seems to work better.

    In the link you posted, they say something about the virtual hardware version.
    You can upgrade if needed to the latest version 9 in the interface but I use Player and need to edit the VMX file manually.
    But sometimes, downgrading is also needed.

    See here:
    How to (manually) upgrade VM's in VMware Player
    This applies to Workstation as well.

    Use what works best for the needed VM.

    Version 9 for the VM:
    Code:
    virtualHW.version = "9"
    Version 8:
    Code:
    virtualHW.version = "8"
    and Version 6.5 - 7:
    Code:
    virtualHW.version = "7"
    Drivers differ between these versions. Older programs may work better with older settings + 1CPU.

    Some older games (I already talked about this issue) work bad in a XP VM with tools installed.
    Therefore use a Win98 or ME virtual machine and here you can use VM tools (older version 7 is the latest provided in this case + no 3D acceleration, keep in mind).

    Hope I mentioned something useful for this case.

    Thanks for the link.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Pro


    With VMWare Workstation 9, you can change the version directly by the interface.

    I think I solved the issue. I have an onboard audio card (Realtek HD Audio). I'm not sure how I solved this isue, I'm trying to recreate the issue. :P
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  4. #4


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Pro


    Ok what I think I did to solve this issue. Try this if you have the same issue and your have a Realtek HD Audio sound card on your host computer.

    I noticed that VMWare Workstation change setting in the vmx file when you eject device and restart the virtual machine.

    1) Shutdown the virtual computer.
    1) Be sure that the virtual sound card is added.
    2) Open the vmx file with NotePad and remove any line that set the sound.virtualDev. No line like : sound.virtualDev = "hdaudio" or sound.virtualDev = "es1371". In my case, I didn't have those lines.
    3) Start the virtual computer and eject the sound device in your Guest Windows XP (right click on the icon, right, bottom, on the taskbar).
    4) Restart the virtual machine. There is no sound at this moment.
    5) Shut down the virtual machine.
    6) Open the vmx file with NotePad and add this line : sound.virtualDev = "hdaudio"
    7) Start the virtual machine.
    8) Shut down the virtual machine.
    9) Open the vmx file with NotePad and remove this line : sound.virtualDev = "hdaudio"
    10) Start the virtual machine.


    If the sound is strange again at this moment, do the same thing but add this line first : sound.virtualDev = "es1371". When you will add sound.virtualDev = "hdaudio", remove sound.virtualDev = "es1371".

    I'm testing my virtual machine to be sure that it's solved.
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  5. #5


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Thanks for the tip.

    I didn't modified this yet. Intersting... you can choose from about 3 virtual sound cards to test with.
    If there are still other issues, try 24bit sound instead if 16bit CD quality in the VM itself. This was mentioned there on the VMware forum.

    I have IDT sound. The pc with Realtek has no issues.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Pro


    Finalement, after 3 or 4 days, this issue is back. I used my virtual pc a lot during those 3 days. But I Found another thing : juste open Windows Media Player and play a song...

    I hope the next update of VMWare Workstation will fixe this...
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Fix what? I have no sound problem with Vmware WS 9, may be if you provide more info about your system, we can see what'S wrong
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  8. #8


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Pro


    I think this is an issue to be fixed because i'm really not the only one who have this problem with VMWare Workstation.

    I use Windows 8 Pro 64 bits on my host computer and my guest os (the one of my virtual pc) is Windows XP. My sound card is integrated on my mother board. My mother board is this one : ASUS - Motherboards- ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3

    The driver of the sound device for is a beta version (for Windows 8 64 bits) so it can be the driver.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    I don't install any Asus drivers on my Maximus IV Extreme Z and it work well with the one Windows 8 install, it's a realtek also, probably the same as you.
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  10. #10


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Try to find and manually install (sound) drivers for your host Win8 from catalog.update.microsoft.com/
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