Fedora 18 Spherical Cow Not Working in VMware Fusion

Today, I downloaded Fedora 18 “Spherical Cow” and noticed that it would not boot when using VMware Fusion on Mac OSX.

It seems this issue resolves itself when disabling ’3D Acceleration’ in your VMware Guest Settings.

This issue is documented in the VMware KB, and only affects Gnome-based setups.

Disabling 3d Acceleration in VMware Fusion for Mac OSX

  1. Open VMware Fusion and make sure the VM is switched off
  2. Right Click on the Fedora 18 Guest Virtual Machine
  3. Select ‘Settings’
  4. Click ‘Display’
  5. Toggle ‘Accelerate 3D Graphics’ to ‘OFF’

Once this has been done, you can now reboot your Fedora Guest VM and continue the installation process.


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