VMware Workstation and Linux 2.6.24

While everyone else here is asleep I decided to test some recently released distributions in a virtual machine. I had to update my vmware modules to match my actual kernel version. I did

cd /usr/src/
wget https://uruz.org/files/vmware-any-any-update-116.tgz
tar xvzf vmware-any-any-update-116.tgz
cd vmware-any-any-update116

Some setup confirmations later the install routine finshed. So far so good. I started the workstation and when choosing an iso image a message popped up saying: “The folder could not be displayed – VFS error: Invalid parameters.” Known problem, easy fix – try this:

cd /usr/lib/vmware/lib
mv libpng12.so.0 libpng12.so.0.old
ln -sf /usr/lib/libpng12.so.0
mv libgcc_s.so.1 libgcc_s.so.1.old
ln -sf /lib/libgcc_s.so.1

VMware now works again, hooray! Happy virtualization!


  1. Tin Says:

    As Homer Simpson would say: “Woohoo!”

    Now, hopefully VMWare will take note and fix this officially.

  2. emilkrueper Says:

    Tin, I don’t know if this problem exists in VMWare 6 but for 5.5 series this won’t be fixed ever, afaik it is not maintained any longer.

  3. Erik Says:

    That problem exists also for VMware server 1.0.6. Thanks for the info, now it works!

  4. mike Says:

    i am trying to install vmware server 1.06 on 64 bit hardy. i have followed the instructions at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=826624 to a tee, up until the step that requires vmware-mui to be installed. the code to do so is

    tar xzvf Vmware-mui-1.0.6-xxx.tar.gz
    sudo ./vmware-install.pl

    well, where do i get the mui from? can’t find it anywhere. can you help??



  5. emilkrueper Says:

    Mike, try it with

    wget http://uruz.org/files/VMware-mui-1.0.6-91891.tar.gz
    tar xvzf VMware-mui-1.0.6-91891.tar.gz
    sudo ./vmware-mui-distrib/vmware-install.pl

    Best regards


  6. Andreas Says:

    Is this install method ‘dated’? Which kernels and vmware versions does this instaltion method work with, i.e. ubuntu 64-bit 2.6.24-19-server and VMware-server-1.0.7-108231.

    Thanks in advance !

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