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Old 07-20-2004, 06:50 PM   #1
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Exclamation installing VMware..having problems...

hey guys... after goig nuts for a long time trying to get certian USB devices working on debian i finally found out that most arent supported LOL so ive decided to run vmware on linux...
now i installed it fine no errors.. but to get it working properly i have to run command.. then when i do i get this error...

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

None of VMware Workstation's pre-built vmmon modules 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] yes

Using compiler "/usr/bin/gcc". Use environment variable CC to override.

Your kernel was built with "gcc" version "2.95.4", while you are trying to use
"/usr/bin/gcc" version "3.3.4". This configuration is not supported and VMware
Workstation cannot work in such configuration. Please either recompile your
kernel with "/usr/bin/gcc" version "3.3.4", or restart /usr/bin/vmware-config.plwith CC environment variable pointing to the "gcc" version "2.95.4".

For more information on how to troubleshoot module-related problems, please
visit our Web site at "" and

Execution aborted.

any ideas ?... iam a linux newbie
Old 07-20-2004, 07:15 PM   #2
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It seems your gcc version is 3.3.4 but the kernel was compiled with gcc 2.95.4 ... to verify this, do:

$ gcc --version

it should be 3.3.4

Try first to do the CC variable override,

$ export CC=/usr/bin/gcc-3.3.4

or something like this... look at /usr/bin for the appropriate gcc* file name.

Newer versions of VMWare allow to keep going on compiler mismatch.
Old 07-20-2004, 08:45 PM   #3
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Download the updated sources of the VMware kernel modules from the FTP server:

The sources are located in the package vmware-any-any-updateXX.tar.gz
(XX is really the number of the current package version).

Unzip the tarball to a directory such as /temp.
Change to that directory and start the program

eg. (replace XX with the number)

tar xvzf vmware-any-any-updateXX.tar.gz
cd vmware-any-any-updateXX

The updated sources of the VMware kernel modules are copied to /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
and the VMware configuration script is launched.
Be careful to read and follow its instructions.

I'm going to skip ahead here to when you have successfully installed your Virtual Machine, setup your virtual network cards and installed vmtools
under your windows operating system on Vmware. The virtual machine will not automatically recognize your usb hardware.

There are two USB ports on your virtual machine so from the Edit menu on the VMWare GUI choose USB 1 and all your USB devices will be available to choose from. After you connect it you then will be prompted by windows to install the drivers etc.

My Scanner works perfectly this way and it is not supported by Linux.

One final suggestion, When you have finally set it all up. Start a second session of Xwindows and boot your virtual Machine from there. Ctrl-Alt-F7 for your main desktop and Ctrl-Alt-F9 for Windows.

All of the above and more was gleaned from the VMWare site. BTW If you like the hourglass icon, Your in for a special treat. :-)

Have Fun,
Old 09-30-2004, 07:01 PM   #4
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when i try to do this it says:

unable to open the installer database /etc/vmware/locations in read mode

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Old 10-01-2004, 05:23 AM   #5
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Just a thought, If you have a 2.6 kernel, You will have to upgrade to version 4.5 of Vmware. If you have version 4.05, it's a free upgrade.
Old 10-01-2004, 06:25 PM   #6
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I have VMware 4.5 already...
Old 10-02-2004, 10:10 AM   #7
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I can't work out what is happening from just the line you posted.
Could you give me some more to work with?
I always look for the simple things first.

Eg. Your Kernel source matches the kernel you are running and is not some distros stripped version.
You are logged in as root while installing.
You have the compilers installed in your path etc.

Those might sound lame and basic but the solution to most things is usually simple.

Have Fun, Be patient,



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