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Fiddling with OSx86, eh Spirit? See, the thing is, every little problem that creeps up with OSx86 is pretty much system independant. With VMWare, personally, if I were to get some issues like this with -any- operating system, I go from Workstation 6, 5, 4 to see if that helps my problem. If not, I go into my actual BIOS and look at anything that might put up a stop sign to VMWare
The best thing to do is get all the distros for OSx86, boot 'em up, go into System Profiler and see what distro works with your hardware best (this holds true for VMWare)