VMWare Fusion Woes and Repairs

April 27th, 2013 No Comments »

I’ve been using VMWare Fusion and OS X 10.8.3 for a while now.  I’ve got the big Retina (768GB SSD, 16GB Ram, 2.6Ghz).  Still, with two cores set to windows 8 pro, I get hanging when I try and go back and forth between the VM (full screen, two monitors) and OS X.

I’ve had a VMWare support call going for about 2 weeks now. They have looked at my logs, tried a bunch of stuff but nothing helps. It still gets these 5 to 10 second pauses about 10 times a day at least (I usually stay on the windows side but I still get pauses sometimes there).

I recently took my Retina to a mac store to have them run diag’s. Who knows, maybe it was broken.  They ran there in store diags and discovered the camera was broken but no errors on anything else.

They suggested I part with my Retina for 3 to 7 days and they would send it to the repair center (free of course) and the repair center would replace the broken camera as well as run better diags on the components.

So, I bought a new Retina on Craigs List (2.8GHz, 500GB, 16GBRam) so I could keep my work life going (can’t be without a main computer and I do everything on my Retina).  One nice thing is that I could test whether my WinClone bootcamp partition backup was really working (yes it does).

Four days later, I get it back from Apple.  They replaced the screen, all the memory and the motherboard.

Still though, same problem with VMWare Fusion hanging.

At least my camera works now (and time to sell the 1 week old faster Retina, but I have to say I could not tell a difference in the speed.  I certainly did miss the hard disk size though).

Upgrade My Macbook Retina to OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 and VMWare Fusion 5.0.3 (1040386)

March 15th, 2013 No Comments »


I’ve been having tons of issues with hanging and crashing with m Retina using VMWare Fusion.  I just read that Apple released 10.8.3 today and decided to call vmware and ask about it and if they had a fix that would work with it.

THEY SAID YES! and they said it was safe.

So, I upgraded everything this morning (after backing up).  Everything upgraded flawlessly.  So far, no crash or hang.

I understand this supports windows 8 with bootcamp.  Will try that later.

Keeping my fingers crossed

Where Did My Menu Go?

April 25th, 2012 No Comments »


When I first got my MacBook Pro, the first thing that confused me was the location of the menu.  In windows, since Windows 95 a long time ago, pretty much every application puts it’s menu on the top of the frame the program runs in.  That is while you are running the program, you get to your menu by looking at the top of the frame the program is running in.  Below is a screen shot of what I mean by that with arrows pointing to those menus (in Windows 8, which happens to be running in VMWare’s Fusion on my MacBook Pro).




On the Mac (OSX 11.7 Lion), there is only one menu bar and it is at the top of which ever screen you want it to be (it does not move unless you go into preferences / display / Arrangement and from there you can drag and drop the little white sliver to which ever screen you would like it on (see screen shot below).  In my case, I have my 27” thunderbolt monitor, my second HDMI 24” monitor running off the displayport converted, then the laptop monitor.  Since I sit in front of the Thunderbolt monitor, that is the one that I put my menu on.




So, in other words, below is a screen shot showing my Mac screen. Because the program Microsoft Word is in focus, that menu is showing and the other menu’s are hidden. You can see that from the screen shot that follows.





Personally, I like the Windows model better. Even though it takes more space on the screen, I find it annoying that I have to move my mouse all the way to the top of my screen when I want to do something on the menu.  That is, I could be far away in an app (even on a distant monitor) and then have to send my mouse on what feels like a long journey to get the menu.