Today I encountered some problems when I wanted to boot from a pmagic ISO (CDROM) with VMware Fusion: How do you enforce to enter BIOS settings on next boot?
There seems to be no option to do that from the GUI, but this web site helped me to get back on the track: http://raamdev.com/accessing-the-vmware-fusion-bios
For those settings you need to edit the .vmx file of your virtual machine directly.
- Locate your virtual machine’s location (i.e. ~/Documents/Virtual\ Machines/WinXP/Windows XP Professional.vmwarevm)
- Right click the .vmwarevm fiel and “show package content”
- Open the .vmx file in a text editor (i.e. mate Windows XP Professional.vmx)
- Add the setting bios.forceSetupOnce = “TRUE” at the end of the file
bios.forceSetupOnce = “TRUE” helped to enter the BIOS settings at boot time but strange enough the boot order options settings within the BIOS where locked. I ended up adding the setting bios.bootOrder = “CDROM”, which sets the CDROM as the first boot option within the .vmx file.