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Old 03-09-2008, 10:22 PM   #1
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VMWare stopped working after security updates

I struggled getting VMWare Player up and running but after great information from people here, I was finally able to get it up and running. What a savior that was. Now that I did some security updates, which included a kernel update, my VMWare Player is not working. It says that the current config will not work with the running kernel.

How do I need to correct this? I tried to run the config:

below is the output after I run this and accept the first couple of default location references.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Configuring fallback GTK+ 2.4 libraries.

In which directory do you want to install the theme icons?

What directory contains your desktop menu entry files? These files have a
.desktop file extension. [/usr/share/applications]

In which directory do you want to install the application's icon?

Trying to find a suitable vmmon module for your running kernel.

None of the pre-built vmmon modules for VMware Player is suitable for your
running kernel. Do you want this program to try to build the vmmon module for
your system (you need to have a C compiler installed on your system)? [yes]
Using compiler "/usr/bin/gcc". Use environment variable CC to override.

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/lib/modules/]

Extracting the sources of the vmmon module.

Building the vmmon module.

Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only'
make -C /lib/modules/ SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/kernels/'
CC [M] /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/linux/driver.o
In file included from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/./include/vmware.h:25,
from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:83:
/tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/./include/vm_basic_types.h:170: error: conflicting types for ‘uintptr_t’
include/linux/types.h:40: error: previous declaration of ‘uintptr_t’ was here
In file included from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/./include/x86.h:23,
from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/linux/driver.h:15,
from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:84:
/tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/./include/x86cpuid.h:383:1: warning: "BIT_MASK" redefined
In file included from include/linux/kernel.h:15,
from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:11:
include/linux/bitops.h:7:1: warning: this is the location of the previous definition
In file included from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/./include/vmci_kernel_defs.h:26,
from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/./common/vmciContext.h:19,
from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/linux/driver.h:21,
from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:84:
/tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/./include/compat_wait.h:37:5: warning: "VMW_HAVE_EPOLL" is not defined
/tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/./include/compat_wait.h:43:5: warning: "VMW_HAVE_EPOLL" is not defined
In file included from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/./include/vmci_kernel_defs.h:26,
from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/./common/vmciContext.h:19,
from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/linux/driver.h:21,
from /tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:84:
/tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/./include/compat_wait.h:60: error: conflicting types for ‘poll_initwait’
include/linux/poll.h:65: error: previous declaration of ‘poll_initwait’ was here
/tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:198: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type
make[2]: *** [/tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only/linux/driver.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/kernels/'
make: *** [vmmon.ko] Error 2
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config3/vmmon-only'
Unable to build the vmmon module.

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Old 03-09-2008, 10:49 PM   #2
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Did you reboot into your new kernel before running the vmware-config script?
If you rebooted make sure that is booting to the new kernel.
Old 03-09-2008, 11:17 PM   #3
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Depending on the version of the kernel/vmware combination, the info at vmware may be useful. I use vmware-any-any-update115.tar.gz for kernel and vmware workstation 5.5.5-56455.
Old 03-10-2008, 05:56 AM   #4
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frndrfoe: yes it was booted into the new kernel first.

gilead: I went to the vmware sight and it says not to do that patch unless vmware support told you to and I didn't see vmware player discussed as one of the items it's designed for.
Old 03-10-2008, 06:34 PM   #5
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Might have to go with the any-any fix


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