VMware won’t boot after reboot: A general system error ocurred 95% boot and Stuff!

So if you are having any message like the ones above, you probably need to do some of the following:


A general system error occurred: Internal Error / Power up of guest stops at 95% / Can’t boot after reboot / Cannot connect to virtual machine / Timeout


First:

Check your log at /var/log/vmware/hostd.log (and check step 5, may be your problem is just that strange file)

1) Delete .lck files

Go to /var/lib/vmware/Virtual Machines or whatever directory/partition you work with your Virtual Machines (the vmdk files and stuff), and delete the files inside .lck directories. Also check the lock file.

2) run vmware-config.pl, reconfigure Virtual Machines

run the command:

sudo /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl

and just press enter (or double check parameters) but try not to modify them, at least YET.

3) Stop the services and restart the server

Run the command: /etc/init.d/vmware stop

And also: sudo shutdown -r now

4) Start again the server and stop/start the vmware service with the command

sudo /etc/init.d/vmware stop

sudo /etc/init.d/vmware start

5) If still not having answers, now go to /etc/vmware/not_configured file and delete it (or move it if you want the backup… I’m not sure why since is a vmware created file for the configure flag, but anyways)

rm /etc/vmware/not_configured

This is the error log i was getting

[2010-01-07 11:22:30.923 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/4f353c3b407dfebdf718d8ffac18b535: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:30.923 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/%2fvar%2flib%2fvmware%2fVirtual%20Machines%2fSVNyTrac%2fSVNyTrac%2evmx: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:31.423 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/4f353c3b407dfebdf718d8ffac18b535: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:31.423 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/%2fvar%2flib%2fvmware%2fVirtual%20Machines%2fSVNyTrac%2fSVNyTrac%2evmx: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:31.924 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/4f353c3b407dfebdf718d8ffac18b535: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:31.924 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/%2fvar%2flib%2fvmware%2fVirtual%20Machines%2fSVNyTrac%2fSVNyTrac%2evmx: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:32.424 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/4f353c3b407dfebdf718d8ffac18b535: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:32.424 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/%2fvar%2flib%2fvmware%2fVirtual%20Machines%2fSVNyTrac%2fSVNyTrac%2evmx: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:32.924 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/4f353c3b407dfebdf718d8ffac18b535: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:32.925 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/%2fvar%2flib%2fvmware%2fVirtual%20Machines%2fSVNyTrac%2fSVNyTrac%2evmx: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:33.425 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/4f353c3b407dfebdf718d8ffac18b535: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:33.425 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/%2fvar%2flib%2fvmware%2fVirtual%20Machines%2fSVNyTrac%2fSVNyTrac%2evmx: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:33.925 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/4f353c3b407dfebdf718d8ffac18b535: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:33.925 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/%2fvar%2flib%2fvmware%2fVirtual%20Machines%2fSVNyTrac%2fSVNyTrac%2evmx: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:34.425 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/4f353c3b407dfebdf718d8ffac18b535: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:34.426 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/%2fvar%2flib%2fvmware%2fVirtual%20Machines%2fSVNyTrac%2fSVNyTrac%2evmx: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:34.926 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/4f353c3b407dfebdf718d8ffac18b535: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:34.926 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/%2fvar%2flib%2fvmware%2fVirtual%20Machines%2fSVNyTrac%2fSVNyTrac%2evmx: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:35.426 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/4f353c3b407dfebdf718d8ffac18b535: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:35.426 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/%2fvar%2flib%2fvmware%2fVirtual%20Machines%2fSVNyTrac%2fSVNyTrac%2evmx: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:35.926 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/4f353c3b407dfebdf718d8ffac18b535: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:35.927 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/%2fvar%2flib%2fvmware%2fVirtual%20Machines%2fSVNyTrac%2fSVNyTrac%2evmx: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:36.427 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/4f353c3b407dfebdf718d8ffac18b535: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:36.427 'Libs' 1095588176 info] readlink /var/run/vmware/%2fvar%2flib%2fvmware%2fVirtual%20Machines%2fSVNyTrac%2fSVNyTrac%2evmx: No such file or directory
[2010-01-07 11:22:36.427 'Vmsvc' 1090132304 info] Failed to do Power Op: Error: (3008) Cannot connect to the virtual machine

People having the same or similar problem:

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/191291;jsessionid=D46C54C417B09B1E9DE5C8311AA5DC84?tstart=2145

http://communities.vmware.com/message/1032463

http://vmblog.com/archive/2008/08/12/unable-to-power-on-virtual-machine-after-vmware-update-2.aspx

http://spininfo.homelinux.com/news/VMware_Server_2.0/2009/11/02/Cannot_connect_to_the_virtual_machine

http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-288018.html

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