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VMWare Workstation on openSuSE 11.1

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Vmware workstation, fresh out of the box, did not want to run on openSuSE, claiming it could not find any modules:
$ vmware
Logging to /tmp/vmware-vidarlo/setup-17389.log
modinfo: could not find module vmmon
modinfo: could not find module vmnet
modinfo: could not find module vmblock
modinfo: could not find module vmci
modinfo: could not find module vsock
modinfo: could not find module vmmon
modinfo: could not find module vmnet
modinfo: could not find module vmblock
modinfo: could not find module vmci
modinfo: could not find module vsock

The problem was that the modules were precompiled, and included with VMware workstation. However, these did not insert into the running kernel (2.6.27-x86_64).

Removing the precompiled modules did the trick for me – simply rm -Rf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary should remove ’em, and force VMware workstation to compile the modules on next run. This worked nice for me. If you’re cautios, you might want to move the modules instead of removing them…:)

Please note that you need gcc, kernel source and other build dependencies to compile the VMWare modules 🙂 So right now, VMware workstation works like a charm. Even though they don’t support anything newer than 10.3 officially…

This is written from my openSuSE-perspective, but I can’t see any reason why it shoudn’t work on (almost) any Linux distribution showing similar problems with VMWare…

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