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VMware Workstation USB Issues

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

So i’m using VMware Workstation 7.1 to run Ubuntu under my standard Windows 7 desktop.  I’m trying to build ChromeOS to play around with, and i can’t get my USB stick to be seen on my VM.

As it turns out the VMware USB Arbitration Service on my host isn’t started, and in fact wont start.  Turns out there is some USB filter driver causing the issue.  I’m willing to bet it’s part of the driver for my new USB 3.0 Motherboard.

Anyway here is the simple fix.

Shut down Workstation.

Open the registry (Start > Run > regedit).

Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\hcmon\.

Create a new key called Parameters.

In Parameters, create a new DWORD value entry named DisableDriverCheck, and then set the value to 1.

This works great and i can now pass USB to my VM.

Enjoy

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  1. Anonymous
    February 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you. I had the same problem with VMWare Player 4 and my motherboard that has USB 3.0 ports.

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