How-to: fix Windows 7 networking problems with VMware Fusion on MacBook Air
I recently installed WIndows 7 on a MacBook Air under VMware Fusion 2.0. The install went cleanly, but I could not get any network connectivity.
Eventually I found this thread on the VMware community site that fixed the problem. Seems that there is an entry missing from the VMX file.
To fix the problem, make sure the virtual machine is powered off, navigate to the Virtual Machines folder in Documents (or wherever you store your VMware files), right-click on the virtual machine and choose ‘Show Package Contents’. Scroll down to find the file with the .vmx extension and edit it with text editor. Your file should contain a lot of lines including:
ethernet0.present = “TRUE”
ethernet0.connectionType = “nat”
ethernet0.wakeOnPcktRcv = “FALSE”
ethernet0.linkStatePropagation.enable = “TRUE”
Add the following line:
ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000”
Start up the virtual machine. Windows should install a new driver and you should be good to go.