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Also, I sometimes get the black screen without any video showing on screen. I can see some of the video before it turns to a black screen. For instance, I have tried cnn. The video is NOT full screen. Sometimes there is no video at all and the screen goes black for a second and comes back to normal. Immediately after login for instance, this happens, of after thunderbird email program finishes downloading all my emails.

In those cases, screen goes black for about a second and comes back to normal. I have the latest updates on the host computer and very recent on the guest.

All drivers, including graphic card drivers are the most recent on the guest. I have tried with more then one VM. I even created a new VM. They all have a similar problem.

I have tried changing many settings, including the ‘enable 3D acceleration’ setting without success. The host is a newly installed computers with only 2 important programs installed on a clean Windows 10 : VM-Ware, and LibreOffice. I have uninstalled workstation 16 and installed I’ve re-installed Note that I am not totally sure it’s the video that triggers the black screen but this seems by far the best way to trigger a black screen.

I can use the VM to edit files or do other simple tasks for long periods without problem but as soon as I go on a webpage that shows a video, I get the black screen.

Note that “black screen” is only the guest screen that goes totally black. That includes the windows task bar and everything else. The host is totally normal.

I have successfully installed Windows 10 within the virtual PC and a few other programs. Everything seemed to be going just fine until all of a sudden, I was faced with a black screen within Vmware. I have noticed that there is suddenly, a thumbnail bar at the bottom which seems to show my virtual PC powering on and off. I have uninstalled and reinstalled Vmware 4 times now without it making any difference. Is there any advice you can offer with regards to what the problem may be?

I guess worst-case scenario is I would need to reinstall Windows 10 within Vmware, however this will take a fair bit of time and I still would not be aware of what I did that caused the problem in the first place.

If you are already using Windows 10 as your base, it might be cleaner and free to use the built in Hyper-V – Workstation is a type 2 hypervisor, Hyper-V is type 1, bare metal and as I noted is also free. Wow, thank you for the quick reply. No, it’s definitely not paused or suspended. You can see the virtual PC running within the thumbnail. Soon as I click the thumbnail to make large screen it goes black. My host OS is Windows I’m using the free version of VMware but I have already purchased a license key.

I got so sick of uninstalling then reinstall then typing in the license key, was just easier to click free trial.

I’ve never heard of Hyper-V before. You wont be able to use both however, if one is installed the other will be unhappy, so pick one and stick with it.

VMware tends to have more features, however you are unlikely to use most if you only have a simple requirement to test before install. What is the spec of your physical device, and what virtual CPU and ram have you allocated to the guest – restrained resources can cause a black screen as it tries to allocate enough to the guest. For reference, please note the post above, both VMware and Hyper-V will not work together, you will need to uninstall one to run the other.

The icon fourth from the left, blue on the bottom, white on the top will turn off your thumbnail bar. Latest video drivers for your host? What was the last thing you installed in the Windows 10 VM? You didn’t install video drivers in the VM did you? I have posted my problems on VMware’s own site and they haven’t replied. One again thank you for helping me with this issue. Just to be clear I did have VMware working at one point.

For now at least it is VMware I would like to stick with. Since you are only testing this I would give it 1 vCPU and 4GB ram, virtual machines work better with less sounds ironic, but trust me. I’m running Windows 10 Pro Build I’m not sure what the last program installed was, sorry. I did not install video drivers, but did install some Windows updates. I will follow the steps set out in the link you just gave me to see if this will work.

That’s not made any difference. Anymore ideas please? Yes I can get into safe mode, it’s not easy though. The screen size is small and I cannot see the mouse cursor. It’s a guessing game where about it is on the page and everything is really slow. No, I mean it is really slow when not in safe mode. I have already removed the driver, still did not work. I have also tried to restore but have no restore points saved. Not really. My worry with starting over is this could happen again and I would still be none the wiser as to the cause of the problem.

Can you build another VM alongside this one and see how it behaves, lets rule out an issue with the VM itself. I see your point with Hyper -V. I’ve already paid a fair bit for VMware. Learn how your comment data is processed. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. Iron Castle Systems. This website uses cookies to improve your experience.

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