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Virtual Machines display a black screen if the vSphere Client is installed with older versions of VMware Player or VMware Workstation (2014243)


  • Virtual Machine consoles are displaying a black screen.
  • You see this message on the console: 

    The VMRC console has successfully reconnected.

  • This issue occurs when VMware Player 2.0 or VMware Workstation 6.0 are installed on the machine where the vSphere Client is installed
  • This issue only occurs with vSphere 5.x Virtual Machines.


This issue can occur when out of date versions of VMware Player or VMware Workstation are installed on the machine where the vSphere Client is installed.


To resolve this issue, perform one of these options: 

Request a Product Feature

To request a new product feature or to provide feedback on a VMware product, please visit the Request a Product Feature page.


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