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Here's an interesting situation I'm running into: Asus P8B WS Intel E3-1245 V2 Ivy bridge CPU ESXi 5.1 - USB install drive created by restoring the base image, deleting the package link, copying the package files over, etc - -v npci=0x2000 to boot - The install under 5.1 seems to go a lot smoother (no insanely long waits) than under 5.0 or 5.0 update 1 - Once everything is installed and the system is running, I can reboot, shutdown, power up...no problem. I even updated the com.apple.Boot.plist to always do ncpi=0x2000 and installed VMWare tools or running a system update...not a problem - If I touch anything....even create a backup of the virtual disk (vmkfstools -i <original vmdk>.vmdk -d thin <backup vmdk>.vmdk or change the size of the video RAM, the VM boots up fine, but I lose mouse and keyboard input to the console. It doesn't appear to be similar to the past where there was a wait of 10 - 15 minutes before the system becomes responsive as I see the cursor blinking (not sure if that happened before during the long wait periods). The keyboard and mouse do not function ever and I waited over a half an hour. VMWare tools appears to be running too (see it under the summary tab of the hypervisor client) and I'm able to click the power off button and it appears to shut down the VM gracefully. Anyone else see this? TIA, Chester