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VMware vmxf file bios

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  1. Cody24

    Cody24 Thread Starter

    Jun 29, 2011

    Searching everywhere it says to add the above to your vmxf file to delay the time you have to enter bios when you restart a virtual machine. But where do I exactly add that? Is there some correct format I have to use? I can't just open it in notepad and paste bios.bootDelay="5000" anywhere I please?

    Below is my .vmxf file

    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <VMId type="string">52 be 6e f0 a3 af db 71-fd 85 e2 d2 b3 f4 6f 7d</VMId>
    <vmxPathName type="string">Windows XP Professional.vmx</vmxPathName></VM>
    <tools-manifest><monolithic version="8.8.1"/><pvscsi version="" installed="FALSE"/>
    <vmci version="" installed="TRUE"/><vmxnet version="" installed="TRUE"/>
    <Unity version="" installed="TRUE"/><wddm version="" installed="FALSE"/>
    <svga version="" installed="TRUE"/><PluginAutoLogon version="" installed="TRUE"/>
    <PluginAutoUpgrade version="" installed="TRUE"/><PluginBitMapper version="" installed="TRUE"/>
    <PluginDeployPkg version="" installed="TRUE"/><PluginDesktopEvents version="" installed="TRUE"/>
    <PluginDisableGuestHib version="" installed="TRUE"/><PluginDndcp version="" installed="TRUE"/>
    <PluginGuestInfo version="" installed="TRUE"/><PluginHgfsServer version="" installed="TRUE"/><PluginHgfsUsability version="" installed="TRUE"/>
    <PluginHwUpgradeHelper version="" installed="TRUE"/><PluginPowerOps version="" installed="TRUE"/><PluginResolutionSet version="" installed="TRUE"/>
    <PluginThinprint version="" installed="TRUE"/><PluginTimeSync version="" installed="TRUE"/><PluginVix version="" installed="TRUE"/>
    <PluginVmBackup version="" installed="TRUE"/><vmmouse version="" installed="TRUE"/><vmmemctl version="" installed="TRUE"/>
    <lsi version="" installed="FALSE"/><vsocklib version="" installed="TRUE"/><vmtoolsd version="" installed="TRUE"/>
    <wysemmrfilter version="" installed="FALSE"/><vcbprovider_2003 version="" installed="FALSE"/><vcbprovider version="" installed="FALSE"/><vmxnet3_2008 version="" installed="FALSE"/>
    <vmxnet3_ndis5 version="" installed="TRUE"/><vmxnet3_ndis6 version="" installed="FALSE"/><vmxnet_2008 version="" installed="FALSE"/><GuestThinPrint version="7.17.526.1" installed="TRUE"/>
    <vmsync version="" installed="FALSE"/><perfmon version="" installed="FALSE"/><pvscsi_2008 version="" installed="FALSE"/><pvscsi_XP version="" installed="TRUE"/>
    <hgfs_driver version="" installed="TRUE"/><hgfs_provider version="" installed="TRUE"/><hgfsclient version="" installed="TRUE"/><buslogic version="" installed="TRUE"/>
    <vmrawdsk version="" installed="FALSE"/><vmacthlp version="" installed="TRUE"/><vmaudio version="" installed="FALSE"/><vmaudio_2008 version="" installed="FALSE"/>
  2. DVOM


    Jun 20, 2002
    I don't know the answer to your question, however I use VMware all the time and wouldn't be afraid to experiment. First, I would make a complete backup of your VM. Copy and paste everything in that VM folder into another newly created folder in another location. (This is one thing I like about VMware, it's so easy to copy/paste backups for your VMs.)

    Now you've got a complete backup of your VM, if all you mess up is the vmxf file, then you've got a good copy.

    I would then open the vmxf file (in notepad) then insert your "bios.bootDelay="5000" " line into the first position in your vmxf file. "Save" it. Give it a try, see if it boots, see if it gives you the delay you need. If it doesn't, then move it down to the second line position. Give it a try, etc, etc.

    It needs to be early in the boot, so its probably not going to be very far down the list.
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    It's not the .vmxf file that you need to add that option to. It is the .vmx file. It is in a different format and you will see easily how to put it in.

    On the internet, over 90% of the content is wrong. Close, sometimes. But still wrong.
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