I had to temporarily downgrade my computer and I can't get a suspended wmware VM running.

  • The VM can't be started as there are fewer processors than required in the settings.
  • The settings can't be changed since the VM is not shut down.
  • The VM can't be shut down, 'cause it can't be started.

Is there a way around it?

In case it matters, I'm running vmware player 4.0.2 build-591240 on Ubuntu 11.10.

Moving the VM temporarily to a better computer is not an option (the overhead is too high and I'm expecting new hardware soon).

  • Could it start again once the number of processors has been corrected? Jan 31, 2012 at 22:19
  • I hope so.... at least this is the thing it complains about now. IIRC, I could change such settings at will.
    – maaartinus
    Jan 31, 2012 at 22:26

1 Answer 1


You can delete the <machine>.vmss file located in your virtual machine's storage directory and it will be as if you cut power and should be able to start/alter settings.

  • Data loss will occur if files/databases were not saved before suspending. But this should get you up and running.
    – xeon
    Jan 31, 2012 at 22:55

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