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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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{ 10 } Comments

  1. Urs Mueller | 20081226 at 16:39 | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this information.
    On 11.0, VMWare WS was working out of the box. On 11.1 x86_64 I had this problem to.

  2. Igor | 20081226 at 19:37 | Permalink

    Thank you very much for the tip, it did the trick for me too 🙂

    Cheers mate!

  3. Tim | 20090111 at 11:07 | Permalink

    Nice, but what are these build dependencies i would need cant get it running:

    Logging to /tmp/vmware-goeasi2/setup-9027.log
    
    (vmware-modconfig:9027): Gtk-WARNING **: Im Modulpfad "qtcurve" konnte keine Themen-Engine gefunden werden,
    /usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:72: error: unexpected identifier 'colorize_scrollbar', expected character '}'
    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
    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
    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
    
    (gksu:9359): Gtk-WARNING **: Im Modulpfad "qtcurve" konnte keine Themen-Engine gefunden werden,
    /usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:72: error: unexpected identifier 'colorize_scrollbar', expected character `}'
    Must use a valid mode.  Use one of:
            --get-kernel-headers
            --get-gcc
            --validate-kernel-headers
            --validate-gcc
            --install-pbm
            --build-mod
            --install-all
    modinfo: could not find module vmmon
    
  4. Dan Lee | 20090120 at 19:12 | Permalink

    Worked perfectly 😀

    Just as you suggested, did the move:
    sudo mv /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary.backup

    Instead of removing them but worked perfectly 😀

  5. Jordan | 20090123 at 20:07 | Permalink

    Thanks a lot man.. Had this problem in x64 OpenSuSE 11.1 as well.

  6. Jorge Martinez | 20090210 at 01:04 | Permalink

    Eres un Astro mi estimado Vidarlo!!!
    Gracias
    Thanks a lot!!!

  7. samrest | 20090211 at 11:51 | Permalink

    I did what it was suggested here, moved contents of /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary

    but after that tried to run vmware and it said it needed to rebuild modules into kernel, but nothing happens, and vmware dont run

    I have opensuse 11.1 x86_64

  8. Eliran Itzhak | 20090220 at 12:23 | Permalink

    This solved the problem for me too, running on Fedora 10 (x86) with VMware-Workstation-6.5.1-126130.x86_64

    Thanks !

  9. Sergio de Assis | 20090430 at 23:53 | Permalink

    thanks a lot!
    this solved my problem.
    I’m using ubuntu 9.04

  10. | Eumir AMC | | 20090506 at 16:47 | Permalink

    You rock man! It worked perfectly!

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