by Stephen Gardner

Back in October, we posted a spiffy poster of the 28 Fusion Resolution Paths. It’s very nice (feel free to read that in a Borat voice), but it’s a little too large for comfortable viewing. (Trust me, I look at it every day – I have a poster-size version that’s about 35” by 25”, and a small version on legal-size paper, and no happy medium.)

We’ve come up with a new, Flash-embedded, expandable and collapsible format that fixes this problem! This map is also easier to use because each of the steps is written out, before referencing the document that explains how to do the step. So, you can use this map alone to troubleshoot these issues. But, we’d encourage you to actually open up the path and step articles, if you’re encountering one of these issues, since the articles themselves have more information and some reference documents that aren’t included in this PDF. To make it easy to get to those documents, there’s a blue link icon next to each KB article or documentation reference – just click that to open up the information in a new browser window/tab.

Just to review, here are the blog posts where we talk about these paths. We’ve made some minor updates to some of the articles that make up the paths, but most of the content is pretty much unchanged.

  1. We talk about what Resolution paths are, here: Resolution Paths – What are they and why do I care?
  2. Virtual machine startup woes? Read Two new Resolution Paths for Fusion.
  3. If you’re having trouble installing Fusion, or if it’s not performing up to snuff, see More Fusion Goodness.
  4. If you’re trying to install or activate Windows 7 (or activate anything, really), have a look at Fusion ResPaths for Windows 7
  5. When your virtual machine grows too large, or you just want to change the virtual disk’s size, see When size really does matter.
  6. Since snapshots and suspend states can sometimes be problematic, be sure to read Fusion Snapshots, suspend state, and virtual disk files.
  7. Internet connectivity can be problematic on any platform. We help you out with ours, here: Connecting to the Internet in VMware Fusion.
  8. If you have questions about using or importing your Boot Camp partition and Fusion, take a look at Using Fusion with Boot Camp.
  9. Plug something into a Mac and they say it will “just work”. Plug something into a virtual Windows computer, and it can be a different story. There’s help for CD/DVD drives, mice, keyboards, USB devices, and printing with VMware Fusion.
  10. Speaking of things that go wrong in Windows computers (and Macs, too, to be fair), we have Paths for troubleshooting Kernel panics and Windows blue screens.
  11. Performance is always a concern, and so we have Paths for when your system is maxed out: VMware Fusion articles addressing 100% CPU utilization.
  12. One our most frequent troubleshooting steps is to reinstall VMware Tools, since Tools affects so much. We address those issues in VMware Fusion: Tools, Unity, and Shared Folders.

Download the Fusion Resolution Paths mind map here

Notes about using the embedded Flash object:

  • Rather like using a virtual machine within Fusion, you’ll have two sets of controls when you open this PDF – two scroll bars, two zoom tools, etc. I’d recommend using Adobe’s zoom tool to make the Flash object fit the window (125% for me, if I maximize Reader), and then the inner zoom tool to make the text readable. Similarly, after the document fills the window, use the inner scroll bars to move around the object. You can also click on the map and drag off past the side of the window (or top, or bottom), to scroll in that direction.
  • The controls within the Flash object – the scroll bars, and also the +/- buttons to expand and collapse the paths – require a slow, deliberate touch. Wait for the control to highlight before clicking it, and don’t move your mouse off the control before you’ve released the mouse button.
  • If you get lost, click the Flash object’s button to "Center the map in the display".
  • There’s an icon proclaiming “Free Trial” in a bottom corner. We actually have purchased the software, and that’s just the vendor’s attempt to get you to investigate their free trial offering.