PFN_LIST_CORRUPT with VMware Workstation 7

During a lab of the N309o course (Deploying Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 for Linux) a student experienced a blue screen on this VMware Host workstation. This workstation was running Windows XP 64 bit with VMware Workstation build 203739.

The student was trying to install a package on a SLED 11 virtual machine through Yast. For this package Yast needed the SLED 11 DVD. The virtual CD-ROM player was configured as Auto, witch means that the physical CD-ROM player of the host is connected to the virtual CD-ROM player of the virtual machines.

If you Google on the error PFN_LIST_CORRUPT you will find that this error is mostly RAM corruption. In this case VMware Workstation passes wrong information to the memory therefore the blue screen.

Resolution: Configure the virtual CD-ROM player to use a ISO file.

I didn’t test this with VMware Workstation version 7.1. But this is on my list.

About Michael
Michael Wilmsen is a VMware training/consultant (no specific order) with more than 15 years in the IT industry. Main focus is VMware vSphere, Horizon View and Site Recovery Manager with a deepdive to performance. Michael is VCDX 210, VCAP 4/5 certified, has been rewarded with the vExpert title from 2011, is a PernixPro, Nutanix Tech Champion and a Nutanix Platform Professional.

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