Windows XP (VPC 2007 SP1) guest REALLY slow/hangs!!

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by ohaya, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. ohaya

    ohaya Guest

    Hi,

    I created a guest, running Windows XP Professional, using VPC 2007 SP1.
    This was on Windows 7 64-bit.

    That VPC guest is/was running fine.

    I shutdown the guest, and copied the VHD files (there are 3 for this
    guest) and the VMC file, and took them to the office.

    At the office, I have a machine running Windows 2003, also with VPC 2007
    SP1.

    I copied the VMC and VHD files, and added the guest to VPC 2007 SP1
    using "Add an existing virtual machine".

    When I tried to run the guest, it was REALLY slow, and actually after
    shutting down the guest and starting it again, it eventually got to the
    point that during the startup, when it's displaying the scrolling bar,
    the bar stopped scrolling completely. I waited quite awhile, but the
    guest just hung at that point :(...

    I removed the guest from VPC, and re-copied the files, and each time, it
    did the same thing.

    When it hangs, the status on the bottom of the guest window shows no
    disk or network activity.

    I also tried setting the guest network to "Local only", and still the
    same thing.

    I also tried setting processor affinity on VirtualPC.exe to a single
    CPU, but same thing...

    I haven't tried using just the VHD files, without the copied VMC file,
    yet, but has anyone seen anything like that, and know what to do about
    this problem?

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
    ohaya, Jan 25, 2010
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  2. ohaya

    Bo Berglund Guest

    That is exactly what you should have done!
    Never copy the vmc file when you move a virtual machine to a different
    host! Just create a new one on the new host and then let it use the
    existing VHD files.
     
    Bo Berglund, Jan 26, 2010
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  3. ohaya

    ohaya Guest


    Bo,

    Yes, that was what I thought about AFTER I got home :)...

    I'll give it a try again when I'm back in the office.

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
    ohaya, Jan 26, 2010
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  4. ohaya

    ohaya Guest


    Bo,

    Actually, I've noticed that this same problem is happening on the
    original guest, on the original machine where I created the guest. I
    just was doing some work with the guest today, and I had shut it down
    about 1/2 hour ago, and I tried starting it again, and now it's hung on
    that scrolling bar page :(!!


    I'm running VPC 2007 SP1, and I have a lot of other guests, and it's
    only having this problem with this one Windows XP Pro guest. The VPC
    Additions are installed on the guest.

    Any idea why this is happening? Is there something about WinXP Pro when
    it's a guest (this may be the only XP Pro guest I have..).

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
    ohaya, Jan 28, 2010
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  5. ohaya

    ohaya Guest


    Hi,

    This is getting a little strange :(... After about 4 minutes stalled,
    the guest started running again...

    I've tried this a couple of times, and it's similar each time. Win XP
    Pro stalls at startup for about 3-4 minutes.

    Any ideas?

    My host is Win7 64-bit Ultimate.

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
    ohaya, Jan 28, 2010
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  6. ohaya

    ohaya Guest


    Hi,

    Now, it seems to stall completely at startup, on the windows where
    there's the scrolling bar. The bar scrolls for awhile, but then it
    stops completely, and no disk activity.

    I've tried setting processor affinity for VirtualPC.exe, but still the same.

    Is this a problem with VPC 2007 on a Win7 host, or is it a problem with
    the VPC guest itself?

    Thanks,
    Jim

    P.S. I have other WinXP Home guests that always startup fine. It's
    only this one WinXP Pro guest (and this is my only WinXP Pro guest, BTW)...
     
    ohaya, Feb 1, 2010
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  7. ohaya

    Damian Lake Guest

    I have a XP Pro session that started the same thing this weekend. It won't let me change to the Last Known Good Configuration as I am VNCed into the Host computer. The host is XP Pro as well. Not sure what the issue is or why it just started.



    ohaya wrote:

    On 1/27/2010 8:16 PM, ohaya wrote:Hi,Now, it seems to stall completely at
    01-Feb-10

    On 1/27/2010 8:16 PM, ohaya wrote

    Hi

    Now, it seems to stall completely at startup, on the windows wher
    there is the scrolling bar. The bar scrolls for awhile, but then i
    stops completely, and no disk activity

    I have tried setting processor affinity for VirtualPC.exe, but still the same

    Is this a problem with VPC 2007 on a Win7 host, or is it a problem wit
    the VPC guest itself

    Thanks
    Ji

    P.S. I have other WinXP Home guests that always startup fine. it i
    only this one WinXP Pro guest (and this is my only WinXP Pro guest, BTW)...

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  8. ohaya

    ohaya Guest

    Hi,

    Does it eventually get all the way into Windows, ever?

    A couple of things I've tried are:

    - If your system has more than 1 CPU, start Task Manager and right click
    on "VirtualPC.exe" in processes, and select "Affinity", and check only
    one CPU.

    - Try to shutdown the guest, and then re-create the guest (.VMX file)
    again from scratch.

    Those haven't worked for me all the time, but doing those, and killing
    the guest, and starting again, I can *SOMETIMES* eventually get all the
    way into Windows.

    For now, I have tried to avoid shutting down Windows, and do "Save"
    instead, if I can.

    I wish I could figure out whether the problem is XP Pro, the XP Pro
    installation, or VPC 2007 :(...

    Good luck,
    Jim
     
    ohaya, Feb 2, 2010
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  9. ohaya

    ohaya Guest


    Hi,

    I don't know exactly what the problem was, but I was just able to kind
    of get around my problem.

    I happen to have a backup image of my very original installation of
    WinXP. I restored that backup image, and that boots "normally" (no more
    2 minute stalling on the scrolling bar).

    I think that the problem I had was on this same WinXP, but where I had
    installed all of the MS updates, including SP3. As I said, the image I
    restored was an image of XP immediately after I did the XP installation,
    which was XP SP2.

    Anyway, as I said, I don't know if one of more of the updates might've
    caused the stalling problem, but, I figured I'd post this info in case
    it might help someone else who encounters this problem.

    Jim
     
    ohaya, Feb 5, 2010
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