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Old 01-21-2007, 08:58 PM   #1
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vmware suddenly stopped working


I installed vmware quite a while ago so that I could run Windows from within Linux as I need Windows for work. For some reason vmware has suddenly stopped working. I click on the icon and I just have the bouncing vmware icon for a minute and then nothing. I am running Kubuntu 6.06 and all used to be fine. Any ideas?

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Old 01-21-2007, 09:03 PM   #2
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Try running it from a console and see if it dumps any errors. Have you (perhaps) upgraded either vmware or your kernel recently?
 
Old 01-21-2007, 09:28 PM   #3
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I did do an update and I assume that the kernel was upgraded as there is now two kernels in the GRUB boot menu. I tried both but no luck. I tried to start it from the console but had problems:
Code:
tparks@delld600:~$ sudo /usr/bin/vmware
vmware is installed, but it has not been (correctly) configured
for this system. To (re-)configure it, invoke the following command:
/usr/bin/vmware-config.pl.

tparks@delld600:~$ sudo /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl
Making sure services for VMware Server are stopped.

Stopping VMware services:
   Virtual machine monitor                                             done
   Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0                                   done
   DHCP server on /dev/vmnet1                                          done
   Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1                                 done
   DHCP server on /dev/vmnet8                                          done
   NAT service on /dev/vmnet8                                          done
   Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8                                 done
   Virtual ethernet                                                    done

Configuring fallback GTK+ 2.4 libraries.

In which directory do you want to install the mime type icons?
[/usr/share/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?
[/usr/share/pixmaps]

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

None of the pre-built vmmon modules for VMware Server 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? [/usr/src/linux/include]

The path "/usr/src/linux/include" is not an existing directory.

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include]
The questions were getting pretty indepth (for me). I really have no idea how to answer the last one. I used Adept Package Manager to download and install 'vmware-player-kernal-modules-2.6.15.27.386' but it did nothing. I did not originally install vmware through Adept however; I downloaded it from vmwares site and installed it manually (with lots of direction...).

Thanks,
Todd
 
Old 01-21-2007, 10:54 PM   #4
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vmware-config.pl must be re-run whenever the kernel is updated. Generally the default answers are safe, so just hit enter if you don't know what to say.
 
Old 01-22-2007, 06:55 AM   #5
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That is what I assumed, that the default answers were safe but it was not working as the last question showed:
Code:
What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include]

The path "/usr/src/linux/include" is not an existing directory.

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include]
Any idea how I could find the answer to that one?

Thanks,
Todd
 
Old 01-22-2007, 08:40 AM   #6
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Do you have the kernel headers for your current kernel installed?

vmware-player-kernel-modules-2.6.15.27.386 may be easier if not, but you need to make sure the version matches your kernel version exactly.
 
Old 01-22-2007, 06:25 PM   #7
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I do not even know what 'kernel headers' are...

Quote:
vmware-player-kernel-modules-2.6.15.27.386 may be easier if not, but you need to make sure the version matches your kernel version exactly.
Is 2.6.15.27.386 the 'kernel version? If so, that is what GRUB said was my kernel that I was booting with. Is there something else that I can look at?

Thanks,
Todd
 
Old 01-22-2007, 08:47 PM   #8
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I fixed it

I found the solution here and everything is working now.

Thanks all,
Todd
 
  


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