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Old 10-02-2008, 09:40 AM   #1
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Question sarge vmware

hello all, new here. i have kde 3.5 installed on a debian sarge. i can't upgrade to etch because i get problems.(probably my fault).this machine is used to run a sherline cnc mill([ - model 5400) and i can't do anything that will stop that
i want to install a virtual machine so i can install WinXP into that.
i don't know how to install ANYTHING without using kpackage or aptitude. is there a BDI that can help me ? i do know how to add to my sources.list,then use apt-get. thanks for any help !
Old 10-03-2008, 06:14 PM   #2
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The first thing you might want to consider is what happens if you bork the thing up so bad that the mill no longer works? Along the same lines: how old is the machine and especially the hard drives? What will you lose when (not if) your disks go bad? Do you have backup images?

If I were in your shoes, depending on whether it's a garage-toy mill or a production machine, I'd strongly consider buying a new computer, setting that up with Lenny, and getting the mill working with that. Then, I'd take the old boat anchor out of service or use it to play with Linux.
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Based on posting title I assume you want to use VMware as your virtual box.

When downloading VMware from their site (VMware-Player actually, it's current version is 2.5) then you will have the choice between RPM and TGZ for Linux platforms. Nothing prevents you from installing rpm or yum on your Debian box, but most likely you want to stick with the default apt - so you will probably use the TGZ package:

unpack the contents and do as the README file does. You have to read a lengthy license text, and then run the perl script to set everything up.

On some platforms you also have to get the third-party vmware-any-any package (do a Google search, most recent versions somewhere on

VMware-Player will only read existing virtual setups, but it's config files are plain text files, so you can set up a virtual disk from scratch (not easy, but possible).

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Old 10-06-2008, 08:17 AM   #4
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thanks for ya'll reply. the computer is about 4 months old and is backedup, so i won't lose anything.
what i would like to do is install vmware machine and then install winXP onto i can use my cad/cam program in windows.the problem is "I" don't know how to install tgz programs.guess i'm looking for the "COMPLETE" instructions on how to install VMware workstation.
again, i don't know how to install tzg. can if i only have to type one command mostly i use deb. thanks agian Quakeboy02 and salter !
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.tgz is an archive. Open it using a program such as Xarchiver and extract the files.
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i don't have Xarchiver, i have ark. but i need the commands to use AFTER i extract the archive. thanks
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First use "./configure". When that's done use "make". When that's finished, type "su" and enter your root password, then use "make install".
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To install VMware you need a C Compiler and you need your kernel-header files. The VMWare installer will use these to build it's kernel modules. Follow the instructions below and you should be ok.

Run these two commands:
apt-get install gcc
apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Dowload the tgz.
Run tar -xvf vmware.tar.gz (replacing vmware.tar.gz with the name of your vmware version)

This command will unzip and extract the tar file in your current directory. Now CD to the untarred directory (will be the name of the tar file minus the tar.gz)
Run the file. It will ask a bunch of questions. You should be able to hit enter for most of them. When it comes to the network setup portion I recommend just using a bridged connection. If you are asked for the locaiton of your kernel header files they should be located under /usr/src/linux-headers$(uname -r). If they are not then make sure the previous apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) command was successful.


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