I'm trying to install Bionic Beaver 18.04 LTS in VMware Workstation 14. The host is Windows 10 Enterprise v1709 64-bit.
I downloaded the ISO from release.ubuntu.com and I used tools to check the checksums to ensure that the file was downloaded correctly. Then I opened VMware and created a new virtual machine.
In VMware, I selected "Typical (recommended)", then "I will install the operating system later" (I don't want Easy Install this time, but it's the same - it still blackscreens), then went through a few steps as usual. I set VMware to store the virtual disk as a single file and set it to 32 GB.
After creating the VM, I increased the memory to 4 GB (VMware defaults it to 1 GB after detecting Ubuntu 64-bit) and processor core count to 4 (VMware defaults it to 1), deleted the printer and inserted the ISO file as "CD/DVD". I left all other settings as their defaults. Then I started the VM.
It went through a few screens that are familiar to me, and nothing showed up after hearing the familiar "drum" sound. I only have a mouse that I can move in and out of VMware.