Some Toshiba laptop users have reported that media buttons and other soft keys became non functional when running VMware. If this is your experience, you may try the following tips:
Uninstall and reinstall Toshiba Added Values Package, restarting after each step. Verify that AutoRun is enabled. VMware disables it when it is installed; After installation of VMware workstation 6.x or 7 - the default setting is "Disable Autorun on the host". (You can find it in: Edit -> Preferences -> Devices). Clear the hook and reboot. After restart, the buttons should work.
Some users report a “BSOD BAD_POOL_CALLER" error after installing VMware. This is caused by Toshiba device drivers being set to automatically start. This can be addressed by resetting the services’ start value to ‘4’. This can be accomplished if the laptop is booted in the safe mode.
If your Toshiba laptop has a 3g modem built in, users report it freezes when VMware is installed on the machine. It has been reported that updated drivers and disabling the DHCP setting have resolved the problem.
Most of the issues involving difficulties running and starting VMWare on Toshiba laptops appear to arise from proprietary devices and routines installed on the laptops. Most, like the media button issue are fairly easy to correct, others may require more advanced technical help to resolve. Thousands of users have successfully installed and are using VMware on their Toshiba laptops, the key to success lies in doing your homework in reviewing documentation for both the hardware and the software.