Windows XP Virtual Machine – no network adapter / missing driver?

January 5, 2010

After creating a new Windows XP Virtual Machine, on VMWare Server, I noticed it had no network adapter.
It was an “unknown device” in Device Manager!

I installed VMWare tools, to no avail.

After painstaikingly thrashing about with my settings in VMWare Server, I took a look at my vmx file (located in the same directory as my virtual hard disks etc…)

It appears I had set the guest OS as Windows XP x64, when in actual fact, I had installed x32 version.

I changed this in my vmx file, and after reading this forum thread, deleted the following line:

ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000"

Voila! It worked!


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