Why can't one install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 on VMWare 5.5?

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Issue

  • Trying to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 on top of VMWare 5.5
  • Installation hangs and CPU usage becomes 100%
  • The new virtual machine has:
    • CPU: 2 cpus with 6 cores (everyone).
    • Physical Memory: 20 GB

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8

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