Trooper: This is how I install vmware version 4 on my RedHat Linux 8.0: vmware version 3.x has similar syntax but slightly different file names. If this doesn't work give me your exact version of vmware and Linux.
Start vmware to boot the Linux. Login as root at the login screen, do a Ctrl-Alt to release the mouse, click on file, install vmware tool. You will see nothing happening but hang on... Go back to to the Linux prompt, type:
cd /mnt/ [enter]
mkdir temp [enter]
cd /dev/ [enter]
ls cd* [enter] (Look for any "cdrom", "cdrom1" names; vmware version 4 turn out cdrom1 for me. It might be "cdrom" for you)
mount /dev/cdrom1 /mnt/temp [enter]
cd /tmp [enter]
tar zxf /mnt/cdrom1/vmware-linux-tools.tar.gz [enter]
umount /mnt/temp [enter]
cd vmware-tools-distrib [tab] [enter]
From here on all the necessary files will install automatically; just hit enter to select default values. (vmware 4 give me a little problem here when it was looking for the .h files to compile a program to work with the latest kernel 2.4.20-x.x.x)
When finish you will be back at the Linux prompt.
When your X Window starts open an 'xterm' and type:
Select the options that suit your needs here.