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Virtual Machine Won't Start

  1. #1

    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Consumer

    Virtual Machine Won't Start

    Running Windows 8 Pro.
    Set up Hyper-V.
    Added switch
    Created five different virtual machines using different flavors of linux.
    None of them will start.
    I get an error message saying the OS failed to initialize.

    I've read through the posts here and it doesn't seem to be a common problem.

    Does anyone have any ideas?

    If you need more info, please let me know.


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  2. #2

    In hyper v, start the VM, then you have to click connect. Once that's done it should start right up for you.

    Also for each VM, I recommend at least 2 cores and 2 GB Ram.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Consumer

    Sad to say, that's just what I've done.

    I jumped the processors to 4, just to see if that might help, but I still get this message:

    "An error occurred while attempting to start the selected virtual machine(s).
    'openSUSE' could not initialize

    it also shows some details, which is the Virtual machine ID and nothing else.

    Hyper-V reported that it got 4% into the startup, but then it crashed.

    Anything you can suggest further?

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  4. #4

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    I'd suggest that for OPENSUSE you forget using HYPER-V and simply run VMware player (free). You'll need though to switch off the HYPER-V feature in Windows before installing VMware player.

    Once you install VMware player don't forget to install the VMware tools package the first time you power on the VM.

    As a VM Opensuse should only need 1 GB RAM and 1 core too. If you need 4GB for this then I would suggest that something is seriously broken too.

    Using VMWARE also you'll find you have better SOUND and USB support too. Video in 3-D will also work once you install the VMware tools package after powering on the VM --you need to install the VMware tools package in EVERY VM you power on. Can be done from the VM menu after you power on the VM.

    Here's a screenshot of a W2K3 VM running with VMware workstation (works identically to VMware player) -- you can see Sound works fine and even got support of MINIDISC via a USB connection -- you can see the little Minidisc connector at the bottom right hand corner of the screen too. !!!

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