Anbody have this issue? HP EliteBook 8760w, BIOS F.25, 16GB (4x4GB) ram, Intel Core i7-2820QM with Intel VT-x enabled, Win7 Enterprise 64-bit, VMware Workstation 8.0.4.
Laptop resets on me randomly throughout the day, even if i'm using VMs in Workstation 8 or not. Wondering if it's related to having Intel VT-x enabled, and/or having Workstation 8 installed. The laptop just all of a sudden powers off - no lights, and then a few seconds later, turns back on and boots up Windows 7 as usual, like nothing happened. The only sign is an entry in the event log saying "the system shutdown at date/time was unexpected". No BSoD or crash dump or anything. I have set it to not restart automatically when it encounters a crash.
Seen some threads from a year or two ago about folks wondering if Intel VT-x was the culprit for their host system reboots.
http://communities.vmware.com/thread/273918?tstart=0- mentions changing networking to host-only or none - not an option for me, need connectivity, using NAT for the VMs to access the network.
http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware/HP-Elitebook-8760w-restarts-itself/td-p/894523- mentions changing the power profile to "HP Optimized". This did not make any difference for me.
I have swapped laptops for a same model but different unit, reinstalled Windows without HP bloat, replaced/reduced memory, hard drives, SSD, everything I can think of. Even booted in to Ubuntu 12.04 for a few days and ran with that plus Workstation 8. It was fine, but had to be ditched due to lack of support for the HP Advanced Dock that I was using, and wasn't used long enough to see if it reset while running Ubuntu.
I've upgraded BIOS and will do so again now that I see F.27 is available, but I do not have high hopes.
Anybody else ever seen anything like this?