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Old 06-20-2004, 08:12 PM   #1
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vmware stopped working after a kernel upgrade

After a kernel upgrade, vmware stopped working. I run and here is the output.

Should I understand that there's no vmware modules for my new kernel 2.6.5-7.75?

frank:/home/bruno #
Making sure VMware Workstation's services are stopped.

Stopping VMware services:
Virtual machine monitor done
Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0 done
DHCP server on /dev/vmnet1 done
SMB share server on /dev/vmnet1 done
SMB name 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

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]

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]

Extracting the sources of the vmmon module.

Building the vmmon module.

Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only'
make -C /usr/src/linux/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.5-7.75'
Makefile:438: .config: No such file or directory

WARNING: Symbol version dump /usr/src/linux-2.6.5-7.75/Module.symvers is missin g, modules will have CONFIG_MODVERSIONS disabled.

CC [M] /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.o
/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:131: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type
/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:135: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type
/bin/sh: line 1: scripts/basic/fixdep: No such file or directory
make[2]: *** [/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.5-7.75'
make: *** [vmmon.ko] Error 2
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only'
Unable to build the vmmon module.

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Old 06-21-2004, 03:31 AM   #2
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Try the following site:

Or try google and search for 'vmware linux kernel 2.6' and then click on any of the other links that it gives.

Or search this forum for any of the other threads where this question has been asked.

If none of that works, then post back here and tell us what version of vmware you're using.

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Old 06-21-2004, 07:44 AM   #3
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Try uninstalling VMware and download the latest version (4.5.2) and install it. I think 4.5.1 and lower won't compile properly on the newer kernels.


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