Well i tried vmware 4.0 beta, not 3.2 so maybe it's a novelty.
Version 4.0 seems to work without problem, maybe you should give it a try.
When it will ask to scan uncommon network, say yes. If you use static IP, set it at that moment with the correct subnet.
And yes it need to compile vmnet and vmmon modules on my computer (that's why i chose v4.0 because it failed with v3.2 installation at that moment) so that they are loaded at boot host start.
Then in your virtual manager, at your Virutal computer settings, chose Bridge Network (in 4.0 - don't know about 3.2).
Note : i strongly suggest you to read these pages :