VMWare Workstation 9 is out … and it doesn’t work for me!

Greetings everbody,
if you are a more frequent visitor of my blog, you will have read, that I’ve tested VMWare Workstation 8 with some games and posted the results here. Well, recently after the release of VMWare Workstation 9, I upgraded my licence downloaded this version and tried to get this new bunch of software running at my Ubuntu 12.04 installation.

Somebody of you will know, that I have a newer machine, an ASUS N56VZ to be exact. Well, this machine has NVidia Optimus support and some other stuff (for e. g. LED backlight), which only works with an 3.5 kernel version for me. Because of this, I’ve downloaded the kernel packages for the latest Ubuntu 12.10 development release and installed it.
Well, now I’m able to use my Fn keys and even my NVidia graphic card without any problems. But now, while I’m useing a 3.5 kernel, VMWare Workstation 9 refuses to starting up. I’m able to install, compile the modules and enter the licence key, but shortly after trying to work or to start a VM, I get a “stack trace flood” which causes my X Server to freeze.

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo wrote something at his blog to that problem which you can read here: http://slackblogs.blogspot.de/2012/09/stay-away-from-vmware-workstation-9-for.html
He actually is describeing the same problem. He already found out how to fix that “stack trace flood” with a Workstation 8, but the (nearly) same procedure does not work with Workstation 9 as it seems. I’ve tested the new submitted patch for kernel 3.5 and Workstation 9 on myself, but it doesn’t help for me, too. I always get the “stack trace flood” recently, after I started a virtual machine.

Well, Willy Raharjo has the same problems and he will post it on his blog as soon as their a new informations due to that error out there (VMWare itself knows about the problem (listed at the release notes from Workstation 9 under “Known Issues”)).

At the end, I have to say, that I just read some informations from VMWare to this new version which are something like “amazingly new 3D graphics and performances, especially for CAD and games” and I said to myself “Ok, I have to test this”, especially after I have seen some screens from VMWare, running Skyrim at a Windows 7 VM! But well, looks like I have to wait until I can test this and can tell more about this here …

Amazing 3D performance in VMWare Workstation 8

Yesterday I’ve downloaded the new test version of VMWare Workstation 8 for Linux. After a short installation I was able to create a Windows 7 32-Bit VM with 4 Cores and 3GB Ram.

After this, I played a little bit around and was suprised at the very good performance while using more than only onre core in the VM. I can remember, that in VMWare Workstation 7 the VM was getting slower when I was using more than one core at all.
Because of the new problems with WINE and League of Legends (actually it is possible to get LoL running with WINE again, but the performance now is horrible) I’ve started to test LoL under this Virtual Machine … and I was totally blown away from the performance.
As in VMWare Workstation 7 I had only like 30 FPS when I was on low details, in VMWare Workstation 8 I get automatically the highest possible settings (expect from shadows) and get a stable 60 FPS Framerate. Even in teamfights my FPS never drop under the 30 FPS sum.

For me it is amazing what VMWare has done here! These days, I will test some more games and will come back here if I have some new informations … stay tuned 😉