Start Up Error: Virtual PC could not open the Virtual Machine Network Services driver

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Steve Remington, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. I hope the collective wisdom of the group can help alleviate my frustration.

    I have recently rebuilt my PC and during the process I have installed VPC
    2004 SP1.

    Whenever I start VPC I get a Caution message telling me that Virtual PC
    could not open the Virtual Machine Network Services driver.

    This means that my guest OS cannot directly access the LAN port on the host
    PC.

    I have read many web sites and new postings covering this problem and
    nothing seems to help. To help those who reply I have already tried the
    following:

    1) After installing VPC and rebooting I ran "install.bat".
    2) Ensured that "Virtual Machine Network Services" item was checked in the
    properties of the NIC driver.
    3) Uninstalled and reinstalled VPC 2004 a couple of times. I have done this
    with the administrator user as a member of the Network Configuration
    Operators group and NOT a member of the Network Configuration Operators
    group.
    4) I have manually uninstalled and re-installed the Virtual Machine Network
    Services item on the NIC driver.

    None of these things allow the Virtual Machine Network Services driver to
    enable correctly.

    All other aspects of VPC 2004 work correctly. Also the direct network
    connection in VPC 2004 worked fine on this PC prior the rebuild. The
    configuration of the PC is substantially the same. The only difference is
    the addition of a PCI-USB2.0 (VIA chipset) card.

    The basic configuration of the host PC is:

    Processor x86 Family 6 Model 6 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~1735 Mhz
    BIOS Version/Date Award Software, Inc. ASUS A7V333 ACPI BIOS Revision 1017,
    25/03/2003
    SMBIOS Version 2.3
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920)"
    Total Physical Memory 1,536.00 MB
    Available Physical Memory 1,006.89 MB
    Total Virtual Memory 5.10 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 4.25 GB
    Page File Space 3.60 GB
    Network Interface Card: Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC
    Adapter Type Ethernet 802.3
    Product Type: Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC
    Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\rtlnicxp.sys (5.615.0716.2004 built by:
    WinDDK, 68.75 KB (70,400 bytes), 16/07/2004 1:19 PM)

    If one of the more technical readers of my posting would like I can provide
    a .NFO file from the System Information utility.

    I would really appreciate any help that the collective wisdom of the group
    can provide.

    Thanks in advance to all who reply.
     
    Steve Remington, Jan 5, 2005
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  2. Have you checked to make sure that you have the latest drivers for your
    NIC loaded?
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    Benjamin Armstrong
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    Virtual machine Program Manager

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    Ben Armstrong [MSFT], Jan 6, 2005
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  3. Steve Remington

    Niall Guest

    I have same problem regarding Virtual Machine Network services.
    Can anyone help?
     
    Niall, Jan 8, 2005
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  4. Ben,

    Thanks for you reply.

    My current NIC driver is:

    Realtek RTL8139-810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC - Version 5.615.716.2004
    (07/16/2004)

    My current driver is the most recent one available from the Windows Update
    site.

    The most recent driver available from Realtek is:

    Realtek RTL8139-810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC - Version 5.620.1202.2004
    (12/02/2004)

    I tried to install the most recent drivers on a number of occasion and each
    time the install failed.

    I don't think the problem releates to the recency of the drivers becaue
    prior to the rebuild ob this PC I had VPC2004SP1 working properly with
    direct network connections to the host via the primary NIC.

    Do you have any other suggestions?
    --
    Regards,
    Steve
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    Steve Remington
    Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
     
    Steve Remington, Jan 8, 2005
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