Background: Over the w.e. my desktop machine and my laptop "died"; being a software developer that was Panic time;
Anyway, no time wasted, went out and bought a cheap Dual Core Athlon PC + 4GB + 500GB hdd to act as a temporary replacement while my machines get repaired; I Removed Win7
, grabbed a copy of PCLOS; installed in no time, full update, setup dual screen (a bit fiddly this time round) and proceeded with transferring most of old drives onto the new machine so far so good; then I installed and started vmWare workstation using AMD-optimised kernel; then I opened one of my 'old' vms running XP all fine bar the speed which drove me potty; I optimised vmware, defragmented Windows etc, still long pauses (several seconds for the system to come back avec closing the window) : on the verge of being useless or at least unfit for developemnt.
I went to the vmware setup dir and looked at the startup log to find that there was a criptic message abbout missing a system library : libaio
, I installed it rebooted and now both my vms are stunningly fast. much faster than my previous quad core; both vms running are snappy & hihgly responsive so I wanted to share that with you.