Sunday, September 13, 2009

vmware.exe - No Disk

I was trying to run vmware last nigh, and started receiving an error message, trying to open vmware, the moment I tried to opened, it a received the error. Vmware player was working OK, but I wanted to create a new virtual machine so I had to find a solution. The error message was:
wmware.exe - No Disk
There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive \Device\Harddisk3\DR2. I looked everywhere, including the registry, trying to find a configuration option or something that could be wrong, and nothing helped. Then I discovered a couple of  entries on vmware site that helped solving it. Apparently there is something wrong with the preferences file, locate in 

%APPDATA%\VMware\preferences.ini for  Windows
 ~/.vmware/preferences for Linux

Not wanting to spend all night trying to solve it, I first deleted de preferences.ini file without looking into it much with  no luck.

The solution:

I deleted the directory VMWare, first I typed cd %APPDATA% in a command window to look where the directory was. In my case, running windows 7 it was located in:


then opened it in the windows explorer and deleted it, and this worked, I lost my favorites and open files history, but truth is, that is almost irrelevant. The other thing I learned, and I guess it had always worked, is that typing %APPDATA% in the start menu, went directly to the directory, I mean it replaces the variable, as it should and does in a batch file.

Friday, September 4, 2009

My ipod pauses for no apparent reason

Hi, at least I understood why. While driving, usually on a bad road my ipod kept on pausing for no apparent reason. The most strange thing was that sometimes it would do it and sometimes not. Knowing it has a hard drive (160GB) I  assumed that because of the bad road the buffer was getting full, and had not enough time to get the new info from the disk, and some other geeky reasons why this was happening.

The solution:

Simpler than I could imagine. I bought a $2 cable on a electronic shop, and I guess it does not fit as well as the ipod headphones, so all I have to do is make sure that the plug gets well connected. As you know when you remove the headphones plug, the ipods goes to pause, and if it has a bad connection, or I guess plug, it will pause. How I can go back to my bad streets (and shock absorbers too, I guess).