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Can I use F keys in a VM?

  1. #21


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I think I can help you.

    1. Here is a step by step tutorial I made for installing Linux. It also contains the instructions on how to install the VMware Tools for Mint.

    2. But I you are really stuck, download a ready made Minr system from my OneDrive. Then you have to only attach the .vmx file. Detailed instructions and the files are here.

    Note: At my OneDrive - when you left click on the tile, you can watch it in the browser - when you right click on the tile, you can download the PDF.
    Thank you Wolfgang, we will have a look at the video first and try to achieve the install ourselves. I found your videos for the W10 install on VMware easy to follow, so am confident that the Linux ones will be the same .
    I was expecting your step by step tutorial to lead to a video (hence the comment above), but it didn't.

    We worked through your tutorial, and finally have a working Linux Mint installation. We swapped to MATE because, following some research, it seemed that Cinnamon was the likely cause of the video error we were getting.

    Thank you everyone who contributed to the thread. Challenges are now dealt with; we learned some things in the process, and the party starts now .

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  2. #22


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Glad to hear that you got rolling. And yes - not all my tutorials are videos. But there were a bunch of videos further down in that PDF for setting up the VMware Tools and setting up Mate. Maybe you missed those.
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  3. #23


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,595
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    It doesn't matter, if you plugged in a thumb drive it would first try to boot from that, then try the CD then try the hdd.
    Ok thanks, I will give this a try. I do find it a bit confusing, because from what I've read I set the boot order to boot from a CD first but then I'm actually using a .iso file on a usb thumb drive and not an actual CD/DVD.

    It's all good learning though .
    When you have an ISO on a thumb drive, you're not actually booting from the thumb drive, you are booting from the ISO which is mounted (virtual CD\DVD drive) and appears to the OS as a physical CD\DVD drive with the install DVD.

    It's also possible to create a bootable thumb drive that you could actually boot from ad do an install from without using an ISO.
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  4. #24


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    There were a bunch of videos further down in that PDF for setting up the VMware Tools and setting up Mate. Maybe you missed those.
    Fear not - all are being worked through. It's definitely keeping my hubby quiet (and happy with his new toy)
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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