VMWare Workstation 6.5.1 on OpenSUSE 11.1

Mon 02 March 2009

Finally, I received my new hdd (the previos one died) so I decided to install OpenSUSE 11.1.  VMWare refused to work. I tried to install VMware-server-1.0.8 but without any success, and in the case of VMware-server-2.0.0 I don't like the new management interface (they didn't keep the old vmware-console, you will need to manage your virtual machines using firefox) so, finally I said ok, let's try workstation. And here is what I did:

ionut@vaio:~> uname -a
Linux vaio 2.6.27.19-3.2-default #1 SMP 2009-02-25 15:40:44 +0100 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
ionut@vaio:~> cat /etc/SuSE-release
openSUSE 11.1 (x86_64)
VERSION = 11.1
ionut@vaio:~>


:::bash
ionut@vaio:~> chmod 755 VMware-Workstation-6.5.1-126130.x86_64.bundle
ionut@vaio:~> sudo ./VMware-Workstation-6.5.1-126130.x86_64.bundle
Extracting VMware Installer...done.
You must accept the EULA to continue.  Press enter to proceed.
.....[skip]....
Path to Eclipse directory for use with Integrated Virtual Debugger
(optional):

The product is ready to be installed.  Press enter to begin
installation or Ctrl-C to cancel.

Installing VMware Workstation 6.5.1
    Configuring...
[######################################################################] 100%
Installation was successful

Let's see if it is working:

ionut@vaio:~> vmware
Logging to /tmp/vmware-ionut/setup-13622.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
/usr/bin/vmware: line 31: 13622 Segmentation fault      "$BINDIR"/vmware-modconfig --appname="VMware Workstation" --    icon="vmware-workstation"
ionut@vaio:~>

TO FIX IT:

sudo mv /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary_old

and now run vmware as root and it will build the modules again and everything will work fine.

If after reboot vmware will not start, then check if vmware service is running:

sudo /etc/init.d/vmware status
sudo /etc/init.d/vmware restart

Enjoy