I’m using Windows 11 pro, installed vmware workstation pro 17 created a new virtual machine for Fedora 38 with the .iso, automatically detected by vmware, and using stock recommended settings by vmware.
Once the VM starts, it’s just a blank black screen with a single underscore ( _ ) on the screen for a long time. When I try to stop the VM it takes several minutes to stop.
You used stock settings. How much RAM? How many CPUs? How much drive space?
How long is “a long time”?
Note that first boot may take a considerable time as it finishes the configs and actually starts up. Inadequate RAM or CPU can exacerbate the delays.
I assume from your description that you used the Workstation iso and followed the normal installation process with the default installer. If there were any issues doing that or I understood incorrectly please share.
It depends upon which graphical driver is “stock” to determine the issue. I do not and never have used VMWare since it is proprietary. Support for VMWare is part of that package.