Delay boot time on a VMware virtual machine

Somewhere in a dark corner at VMware HQ somebody had the great idea of setting the BIOS to display for less than two seconds on a virtual machine, which makes it almost impossible to hit the F2 key needed to access the BIOS menu. Fortunately, there is a simple solution.

Solution

Open the virtual machine .vmx configuration file you wish to modify and somewhere in the configuration add the following parameter.

bios.bootDelay = “5000”

Here is an example of how it looks. bios_boot_delay What this parameter is extend the BIOS display time for five seconds, which is enough time for you to press the F2 key. vmware_bios

References

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/106757