Clock tick slow, erratic in Windows guest OS

I have two problems that significantly affect my use of VMWare. I am running Workstation ACE edition v6.0.5 - 109488

hosted on an HP system with plug Dual Core AMD Athlon 64 X 2 5600 + 2,81 ghz 2.87 gb ram. The host operating system is XP pro x 64 SP2 v2003.

I have a number of virtual machines on this x 64 system and they all have problems, I will describe and I have similar VMs on two

other systems, an XP pro SP2 on a 32-bit laptop and W2k system, also 32-bit and these virtual machines do NOT have these problems.

The problems are:

(1) to start the computer virtual, for a period of several minutes, just type in the VM (caps startmenu, passwords, back/netware guests)

is repeated one or more times. Meaning if I have an XP virtual machine and the password of the connection box is open and I type a character which

character is repeated one or more times, usually 5 to 10 times. It is essentially impossible to type until the problem

clears up on its own, it does after letting the VM sit for about 5 minutes.

(2) all the virtual machines on this x 64 exhibit erratic clock tick as the host. Tick its second click of observation with the windows date cmdlet

clock hand and also other applications that display the second time, I see the second count occur very quickly (i.e.

faster than one per second) and also very slowly (a second socket to 4 seconds of wall). As I have what I can observe

See counting the seconds speed upward, slowly down, sometimes appear normal (although normal never lasts very long).

I see this on all my virtual machines (NT, XP, XP, Vista, netware), but they all perform more or less acceptable than the second count. However

my Vista VMs are dog slow and my test season a relationship between the slow clock and poor performance. A Windows 2008 VM shows a slow clock, but the beat of clock rate does not vary and is acceptable error. Virtual machines are configured to run on a single processor.

Note that I usually run 3 VMs at the same time. A novell VM server, a windows NT4 VM and a test VM, which is generally

XP or vista. The novell and NT4 VMs host print services and email and are usually do nothing but idle.

I studied this problem of clock and found all sorts of news and changes of parameters in config.ini and .vmx file, but

None of these things has made an observable difference.


I remember reading about an AMD Dual Core Optimizer utility that allows to synchronize the time between carrots stamp counters.  Maybe this will help?  Visit the website of AMD...

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