How to Install VMware player in Mint 7

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How to Install VMware player in Mint 7

Postby thomasr on Thu May 07, 2009 11:35 pm

Download the "bundle" from http://www.vmware.com/download/player/ to your desktop.

Right click on the downloaded file and select properties and select the permissions tab. Check the box labeled "Allow executing file as program.

Done. Will show up in Mintmenu under Administration submenu.

Hope this helps someone - drove me crazy until I realized I had to make it executable.
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Re: How to Install VMware player in Mint 7

Postby FrogDemon on Sat May 09, 2009 5:52 am

Thanx for this. Tried to install it and gave up and just installed Virtualbox from the repos.
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Re: How to Install VMware player in Mint 7

Postby philliegp on Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:02 am

I've tried this but to no avail. Previously I was running ubuntu 8.10 and had no problems installing Player. When Mint 7 was released I decided to install and love it but I need to get Player working. Any other suggestions? All current updates have been installed. I checked the "Allow executing file as program" but it didn't show up in the menu.

Thanks for the help
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Re: How to Install VMware player in Mint 7

Postby NeverMint on Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:04 pm

Hey there!

Got the same problem with Linux-Mint 7.0 (Gloria). Downloaded the VMware-Player from VmWare (Version 2.5), did a right-click with the mouse on that downloaded ".bundle" file and gave the permission to "Run as a program".
(Btw. - I also gave everybody the permission to read & write this ".bundle" file).
When I try to run that "vmware.bundle" file by executing a left double-click with the left mouse. ...nothing happens! :-(

Oh, well - I nearly forgot: After the left double-click a window with four buttons will be opened. Standard stuff.... "Execute", "Execute in a terminal window", and so on...
The only relevant methods are those mentioned above ("Execute" & "Execute in a terminal window"). Doesn't matter what the choice is, nothing happens.

I recently changed my system from Linux-Mint 6.0 to the newest 7.0 release. In 6.0 there is absolutely no problem with installing VmWare-Player the way I described above. Takes two or three minutes and I'm done with the installation!
In 6.0 I also used VmWare-Player 2.5 so the only difference now is the operating system release.

Actually I'm thinking about going back to 6.0 because it simply workes without any problems, because I also experienced lots of other things in 7.0 which worked well on 6.0 but not in 7.0.

"Wine" is a good example to describe one of those errors:
In 6.0 I used "wine" to run "MS-Office 2003" (and later on "MS-Office 2007") and it worked without any problems. In 7.0 wine doesn't even works to just install one of those MS Programs. In both cases (2003 & 2007) the installation stops when the installation progress reaches about 60%.

I didn't change anything but the mint release - hardware and installed software is the same as before (same release, same language, same configuration).
Linux Mint 7.0 doesn't work as it should and makes my overall system quite unstable and crashes at least one time per day.
What happened to this distribution???

Thanks for any help in advance :-)
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Re: How to Install VMware player in Mint 7

Postby philliegp on Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:09 pm

I actually thought it was the Mint release also until I backed up and tried to install the previous VMware bundle 126130 which installed without a hitch. ?? Have no clue what the problem was but I'm a happy camper now. I might not be running the current bundle but everything is great at the moment. I really like Gloria and plan on stopping distro hopping.
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Re: How to Install VMware player in Mint 7

Postby matbuk on Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:18 pm

You could try opening a terminal and running

sudo bash <enter name of vmplayer.bundle here>

This then brings up the standard installer. Just follow the prompts.
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Re: How to Install VMware player in Mint 7

Postby ulgolog on Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:17 pm

I had all of the same problems and none of the solutions worked on updated mint 7 (august 2009)
after struggling with all .bundle and tar versions unsuccessfully,
strangely what did work was this (at least it got installed, haven't tested much with it)
weird method but it works...

downloaded the latest .rpm version...
I installed ubuntu alien tool with the following command in a terminal window:
sudo apt-get install alien

then I ran the tool with:
sudo apt-get install alien

this process successfully created "vmware-player_2.5.2-156736_i386.deb"
doubleclicking the deb file installed the player.

p.s. earlier failed attempts may have created some of the environment for eventual success of this method, I do not know. So I would be curious to know if it works for you... :D
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Re: How to Install VMware player in Mint 7

Postby ulgolog on Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:19 pm

sorry,

it should read:
then I ran the tool with:
alien -d -c VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.i386.rpm
(in the same terminal window) :idea:
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Re: How to Install VMware player in Mint 7

Postby thesisko..ds9 on Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:17 am

matbuk wrote:You could try opening a terminal and running

sudo bash <enter name of vmplayer.bundle here>

This then brings up the standard installer. Just follow the prompts.


PERFECT!

THANK YOU....

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Re: How to Install VMware player in Mint 7

Postby Brendan_Mcc on Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:08 am

I had no success until i downloaded the ".BUNDLE" version
i then changed the permissions to allow execution, and ran:

sudo ./MYOBxxxxxx.BUNDLE

Worked a treat. GUI installer and everything.
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Re: How to Install VMware player in Mint 7

Postby HHH on Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:21 pm

ulgolog wrote:sorry,
it should read:
then I ran the tool with:
alien -d -c VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.i386.rpm
(in the same terminal window) :idea:


A variation on that which worked for me is this:

I used Firefox (in it's default configuration) to Download VMware Player (and FF put it in/on the desktop).
in the terminal type ls to list the files & directories. (That's lowercase LS)
See that one is called Desktop (with a capital D)
cd Desktop to change to the Desktop directory
ls to check that the VMware Player (RPM) file is there
Highlight the filename
Copy the highlighted text
sudo alien -d -c VMware-Player-2.5.3-185404.i386.rpm
Wait until you get the message vmware-player_2.5.3-185405_i386.deb generated
ls to check that the file really is there.
In your File Manager (Nautilus) double click on the vmware-player_2.5.3-185405_i386.deb file (or whatever it's called when you do this)
This will/should start the gdebi-gtk Package Installer
Click the Install Package button
Type in your password when asked
When this has finished, close the various windows and you should find a vmware player entry in the Mint All Applications menu.

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