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Old 05-02-2003, 05:58 AM   #1
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Unhappy slackware, vmware, dga-extension enable?

hi everyone.

today i installed vmware 4 workstation. installation had a few
problems, but i sorted them out using some guides and how-
tos i found using the ever useful google.

i wanted to install windows xp - but when i attempt to do
so, vmware warns me about the lack of dga support.

i tried commenting out the omit dga extension bit in
XF86Config, but that just made it so that my windows no
longer had round corners and transparency was no longer
supported in X / Gnome; vmware could still not find the
dga extension..

my question is:

how would i go about enabling the dga extension?

thank in advance for any ideas leading to a solution.
Old 05-02-2003, 11:48 AM   #2
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oh... and i get this error:

Could not open /dev/vmnet0: No such device
Device Ethernet0 will start disconnected

i do have /dev/vmnet0 through something.. but
how do i make it usable for vmware?

thanks in advance.


i remembered that vmware worked before i rebooted;
i then retraced the steps i took in my head... then i ran
/usr/bin/; and i noticed that two modules were


and i have added those to /etc/rc.d/rc.local to load
them on boot.

and now it works. yay

(but the dga-problem remains)

Last edited by neenee; 05-02-2003 at 01:23 PM.
Old 05-02-2003, 10:13 PM   #3
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read this
there are files created during install that are place in rc.? directories - they are process scripts that enable your virtual adapters and devices - they are virtual devices that are intermediaries between vmware and the host os- without those u cant access sound cards etc - sounds like youre missing this step- u can include the script to run at startup - i prefer to make a link and start it right before starting my virtual machine - hope it helps
Old 05-05-2003, 02:34 AM   #4
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Originally posted by neenee
(but the dga-problem remains)
Section "Module"
	Load  "dbe"
	Load  "glx"
	SubSection "extmod"
	#	Option "omit xfree86-dga"
	Load  "type1"
	Load  "freetype"
neenee, commenting or removing 'Option "omit xfree86-dga"' line from my '/etc/X11/xF86Config' works for me (MGA G400 DualHead). See here: (~410KB, 2048x768)

I was a so curio to see this release of VMWare (and even more new Fontconfig 2.2, in fact) that I installed my Slackware 8.1 again (10 hours backups on CDs, installing, compiling, tweaking, etc. but now everything works OK). Probably you have problems with your video drivers (NVIDIA?), because, as I've already told you, it works like a charm on my DualHead "dragon"

Last edited by pesho_p; 05-05-2003 at 03:05 AM.
Old 05-06-2003, 04:45 AM   #5
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magnetar: thank you. i had overlooked a section to
create a vmware load script. i have done that now and
it works like a charm.

pesho: silly me. i commented out the whole subsection
extmod; now that i commented out only the omit-bit,
it works.
Old 07-25-2003, 07:43 AM   #6
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Additional comment...

In pesho_p's comment, include some fault

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "glx"
SubSection "extmod"
# Option "omit xfree86-dga"

Load "extmod" # <--Here...

Load "type1"
Load "freetype"

The point "Here". load extmod to use dga extention.
Many guys commit this fault...

Minus '#' from /"# Option "omit xfree86-dga" /", and
add /" Load "extmod" /"...


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