UPDATE (04/08/08): I seem to have solved this problem. From the command line, I ran "c:\windows\system32\lodctr /R" as per an entry talking about InstallShield problems and that appears to have solved it for me.
I have noticed that lately, my desktop/server fan never turns off. I know it used to turn off. I took a moment to check it out noticed that the a VMware process was running a consistent 20% utilization on one of the CPU’s. I checked the event log and saw these errors in the application log happening dozens of times per minute:
Windows cannot load extensible counter DLL UGatherer, the first DWORD in data section is the Windows error code.
Windows cannot load extensible counter DLL UGTHRSVC, the first DWORD in data section is the Windows error code.
Windows cannot load extensible counter DLL MSSCNTRS, the first DWORD in data section is the Windows error code.
If I drill into the details of one of those messages, I get this:
Event ID 1023
I did some research and there was some indication it could be a permission problem in terms of access to the DLLs in question. I played around with that stuff but could not affect things in a positive way so I gave up on that.
VMware had been nagging me about performing an update for quite some time, so I jotted down the version I had installed (apparently "1.0.1 build 29996") and did the update. This upgraded me to v1.04. Sadly, it did not fix the issue.
I can stop the insane number of messages going to my application log if I shut down a service named "VMware Authorization Service". This prevents me from using the VMware software, so … not such a great option.
The host operating system is Windows XP 64 bit.
I don’t think this has always happened, but I don’t recall any particular event that might have led to it.
This is why I hate computers.