Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BIOS Screen flashes by too quickly in VMWare Workstation

If you frequently build virtual machines using VMWare Workstation, you may encounter an annoying problem in which the BIOS Screen flashes by or displays too quickly prior to booting or loading into the guest OS.

Well, although the fix is not as easy as point and click, VMWare has documented a suitable workaround rather than using a "hit and miss" strategy to attempt to open the BIOS screen for editing:


You basically have to add the line:

bios.bootdelay = "5000" (or any value you choose)

to the VMWare VMX File in order to increase the time before the Guest OS boots into its respective OS.

Optionally, you can also add this setting to the VMX file:

bios.forceSetupOnce = "TRUE"

This VMWare Knowledgebase article used to describe the exact steps, but it seems that the KB article is no longer available and returns with an "Access Denied" error message:


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