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I downloaded the rpm and converted it to a deb using alien. It seemed to install OK. When I tried ran vmware-config.pl I got the following error:
The following VMware kernel modules have been found on your system that were
not installed by the VMware Installer. Please remove them then run this
I have no idea where these modules came from other than I had an evaluation copy of VMware workstation installed earlier which I uninstalled. I tried blacklisting these modules but I get the same error.
Here is the whole story... I had an evaluation copy of VMware workstation on one drive - my test drive. I cloned that to a second drive which will become my production drive. As the evaluation period has expired I wanted to try and run the XP VM (which I built using the Workstation) on my production drive using VM Player. I registered and download VM Player as you suggested. I removed the expired VM Workstation from my production drive in order to have only the legit, free player. That is where the problem comes in. I have also tried installing from the tar file. I get the same error regarding the 3 offending modules.
I did a fresh install of Ubuntu on another drive. When I installed Player I saw that it created the 3 modules which makes me believe that the Workstation install created the previous ones. Thus my need to remove the modules from my production drive rather than build the Ubuntu install from scratch again.
Well, I am back booted from a drive with my VMware workstation installed. I see that there is also a choice for Player so as you said it was already installed. Let me try and uninstall just the expired workstation and see if the player remains behind. Still I would like to learn how to remove unwanted modules just so I know.
That didn't work. Removing VMware Workstation also removed the player. When I went to install Player from the tar ball it barked about the previous Player being installed from an rpm (installed from a deb made from an rpm by alien) could not be uninstalled and did I want to delete the DB. So I did. I tried to install Player again and it barked about the offending modules discussed previously. I deleted the files from /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/misc, rebooted and the install worked fine. And my XP VM launches fine in Player and finds my ancient Visioneer scanner - one of the main reasons for the XP VM.