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    It seems as though making the guest client that HS is running on Win2003 Server rather than WinXP has made it more reliable. It doesn't seem to be blue-screening now.

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  • motorbortniker
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    I dunno - make sure the zwave.ocx is installed in the guests HomeSeer directory and registered. There are also some VMware USB drivers, I'd make sure they are up to date. You can also check with folks at the VMware message boards. You could also see if any other USB devices work.

    Sorry I can't be much more help.

    Jeff B.

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    Just the guest. I do have VMWare tools installed.

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  • motorbortniker
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    Hmmm....does it take VMware down or just the guest OS?

    Do you have the VM tools installed?

    Jeff B.

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    Mine seems to attach okay and initializes fine with Homeseer. It just intermittently (no more than every 5 mins or so) bluescreens the computer.

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  • motorbortniker
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    When I have to restart VMware, I have to unplug any USB devices that communicate with it and plug them back in after XP is back up under VMware. That's the only I can get him to attach the USB ports.

    Kind of a pain, but it doesn't happen that often.

    Jeff B.

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    I've been running HS successfully in a VMWare GSX 3.1 environment for a few months (as an XP guest that autologs in).

    I'm trying to add the Zwave USB Interface, but it makes the guest bluescreen.

    Any ideas from you VMWare gurus?

    Thanks...

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  • electron
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    cool, the USB powerlinc should work with VMware too as it is HID compliant, but I think you can only use up to 2 usb devices. I am really interested in the performance of the AT&T voices as they take a big toll on memory, I guess I will have to try this out myself someday.

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  • motorbortniker
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    HS didn't recognize the USB Z-Wave a couple of times when starting up. This happened with both the host and guest OS's, though. Unplugging and replugging fixed it in all cases. I shouldn't have to restart it very often now with the VMWare. I've been running the trial version, guess I gotta cough up some dough for it now that it works.

    So far I've only got the Z-Wave USB but I should have the X-10 freebie (+5.95 shipping) soon. For the Z-Wave I can only use the plug-in lamp module, I don't have a neutral wire to run the switches. Bummer.

    Also I don't use the ATT voices, we here kinda like the robotic default voice. When I call P1 for attention he says "Yo dog, Whadd up?"

    He's a riot!

    Jeff

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  • electron
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    that's great, is the USB connectivity stable? I ran into some issues when trying to use a palm (it worked, but would run into trouble when flashing the firmware). Imagine the possibilities of this, it's huge ! Now I gotta go find the best deal on a gig of ram lol.

    Btw, for performance reasons, I would suggest using a real partition/disk rather than a virtual drive (eventho it makes it harder to backup the virtual machine), should make a big difference. Do you run the AT&T voices? If so , do you have any performance issues?

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  • motorbortniker
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    WhooHoo!!! It works! P1 (the name HS responds to) talks and functions across logons and when no one is logged on. Now he's ready for prime time!

    I have FireDaemon point to a cmd file for the executable. Here's what it has:

    set bin="c:\program files\vmware\vmware workstation\vmware.exe"
    set config="f:\my virtual machines\HomeSeerXP\Windows XP Professional.vmx"
    start %bin% %config%
    exit

    I also had to check the Interact With The Desktop box.



    Now I can get busy developing HS for production functions. I'm really just dabbeling right now, developing experience for when I build my new house (soon I hope).

    I love this board, you folks are great!

    Jeff

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  • electron
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    I'll look around to see if I Can find anything on it, but not sure if this is going to work as VMware GSX was designed to do this.

    [edit]
    Here are some url's giving some more info or tips on how to do this:

    http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=e...com%26rnum%3D2

    http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=e...com%26rnum%3D3

    http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=e...don.vmware.com

    maybe these links will help you out, let me know if you got it working or not.
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  • motorbortniker
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    Yeah Dan, that's exactly why I'm trying to do this. I'm using FireDaemon now and I get VMWare running as a service but he doesn't start the VM nor can I access VMWare. Still playing around.

    Jeff

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  • electron
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    the usb device is probably HID compliant, so it should work with vmware.

    Bill, that's the reason he is running this in vmware ( I assume ), he can leave the virtual homeseer machine logged in so TTS will work, but the physical machine doesn't have to be logged in at all assuming he can run the VMware workstation as a service. It's a very good idea, one I would love to try, I just don't have enough memory, but it would make backups and moving to a new machine so much easier!

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  • bdickhaus
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    This has nothing to do with VMWare (although I am interested to see how it works out for you) but I just keep a user logged in from the console all the time. I do not run HS as a service. The problem, as you have figured out, is VR, and it is a Microsoft limitation, not HS.

    Bill

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