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Syntax error VMware Workstation

Unread postby nipsadinio » April 26th, 2009, 5:42 am

hey
when i load Win Xp on VMware workstation i get a syntax error with a :

Could not open virtual machine: C:\Users\Nipuna\Documents\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Professional\Windows XP Professional.vmx.



File "C:\Users\Nipuna\Documents\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Professional\Windows XP Professional.vmx" line 1: Syntax error.

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Re: Syntax error VMware Workstation

Unread postby Odd dude » April 26th, 2009, 5:55 am

I'm not an expert on VMware, but when I find myself in such situations with VirtualBox, I always just delete the virtual machine, delete the configuration files, and recreate it.
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Re: Syntax error VMware Workstation

Unread postby NeonFx » April 26th, 2009, 12:09 pm

If you want us to check it, open it in Notepad or WordPad and copy and paste the contents of that file here.

Everything in that file should look like this:
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ethernet0.present = "TRUE"
ethernet0.connectionType = "nat"
ethernet0.wakeOnPcktRcv = "FALSE"


where you have a value name(attached to an object with a period) then an equals sign and a value in between quotes after the equals sign. A syntax error means that there is probably a line that doesn't follow this syntax.
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Re: Syntax error VMware Workstation

Unread postby nipsadinio » April 27th, 2009, 5:05 am

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thats what i got but that doesnt seem right.
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Re: Syntax error VMware Workstation

Unread postby NeonFx » April 27th, 2009, 5:33 am

try opening the same file in notepad instead, or wordpad if you used notepad. But yeah, that could be your problem right there ;) Why not start over?
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Re: Syntax error VMware Workstation

Unread postby nipsadinio » April 27th, 2009, 6:39 pm

Ok, but i hate installing it again.
If thats the last resort ill delete it and reinstall it.
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Re: Syntax error VMware Workstation

Unread postby Odd dude » April 28th, 2009, 3:01 am

I don't know how VMware works, but on VirtualBox it's possible to delete just the machine and keep the hard disk(s) attached to it.
If that can be done in VMware, just delete the machine (because that's what's broken), but keep the hard disk. Then create a new VM and use your previous VM's hard disk as its hard disk.

Not sure how that would go with snapshots, though.
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Re: Syntax error VMware Workstation

Unread postby NeonFx » April 28th, 2009, 1:17 pm

I like virtualbox too :)
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