Mac OS X VMWare Issue (virtual CPU has entered the shutdown state)

October 05, 2012 // In: Uncategorized

Few days ago, I was try to run Mac OS X VMware on my Dell Inspiron 5520 Core i5 and I was not able to run. Every time I try to run, I received following error message:

A virtual CPU has entered the shutdown state. This would have caused a physical machine to restart. This can be caused by an incorrect configuration of the virtual machine, a bug in the operating system or a problem in the VMware Workstation software. Press OK to restart the virtual machine or Cancel to power off the virtual machine. 

I installed 32-bit windows 7. I did not have any knowledge about Mac OS X Installation issues. I was thinking may be I’d to install 64-bit window to resolve this. A lot of questions were coming to my mind. I google it and solve my problem in 1 min.

All you have to do is to add the following line to your vmx file:

cpuid.1.eax = “0000:0000:0000:0001:0000:0110:1010:0101”

It solved my problem in 1 min..

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  • Bas

    not worked for me

  • danish

    thanks a lot.all because of u it works now

  • umen

    hi, well i have the same problem and your trick just did not work, where did you find this solution? does it differ from cpu to cpu? i have a i3 2310M on my notebook.

  • sidneylimafilho

    Thank you guy. I got it. Works for me.

    • Harry

      Saved me a lot of trouble, thank you from me too.



  • saurabh

    Not Worked for me

  • neocid

    Worked for me as well (Windows 8.1 x64, VMWare Workstation 10.0.1)

  • Did NOT work (windows 7 Ultimate x64, VMWare Workstation 10.0.1)