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Postby soulexposed on Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:13 pm

I've got Bea running on a virtual machine at work using VMware. I've been trying to install VMware tools for days with no success. I've gotten the .tar package extracted onto the desktop, but that's as far as I've gotten. When I try to run the "sudo vmware-install.pl" command it tells me that it detects other VMware software on the machine, and I get denied. When I got to look for anything else that's been installed, I don't find anything. I've looked at several Ubuntu-HowTo's but haven't found anything valuable. Has anybody else tried this?
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Postby scorp123 on Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:57 pm

Are you running VMware Workstation or VMware Server?
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Postby soulexposed on Tue Jan 09, 2007 2:04 pm

scorp123 wrote:Are you running VMware Workstation or VMware Server?

VMware workstation.
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Postby scorp123 on Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:50 pm

soulexposed wrote:VMware workstation.
Did you check VMware's forums? Might be a bug in VMware related to the newer kernel versions (e.g. 2.6.17 and onwards). Sometimes VMware's internal check routines behave strangely when they run into a kernel they're not really yet compatible with. Maybe there is a VMware patch or a version upgrade which might fix this?
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Postby soulexposed on Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:04 pm

scorp123 wrote:Did you check VMware's forums? Might be a bug in VMware related to the newer kernel versions (e.g. 2.6.17 and onwards). Sometimes VMware's internal check routines behave strangely when they run into a kernel they're not really yet compatible with. Maybe there is a VMware patch or a version upgrade which might fix this?

I'll check it out, thanks for the info. :)
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Postby soulexposed on Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:56 pm

So I tried going through a process I've found online (http://www.vmware.com/community/thread. ... 58&#411258) but I get stuck at the part where they mention Linux headers. When I run the "uname -r" command I get "linux-source-2.6.17-10-generic" rather than a number. Linux doesn't seem to recognize that header... any suggestions on what to do from there?
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Postby scorp123 on Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:40 pm

Sorry I don't get it. What precisely do you do and where precisely do you get stuck? The commands there on VMware's web page are plain easy to follow; just pay attention to the fact that they mention some outdated packages, e.g. nowadays you'd install gcc-4.1 and not gcc-4.0, and so on. The instructions were written for Ubuntu 6.06, not for Ubuntu 6.10 LinuxMint is derived from.
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Postby soulexposed on Thu Jan 11, 2007 9:51 am

Sorry, I'm still a Linux n00b, let me try to explain a little better...

Actually, where I get stuck is the very end of the procedure after I've extracted the tar file. If you refer to the procedure in that link, I'm at:
"# Extract and install the Tools.
$ cd /tmp
$ tar xvfz /cdrom/VMwareTools-5.5.1-19175.tar.gz
$ cd vmware-tools-distrib
$ sudo ./vmware-install.pl "

When I run "sudo ./vmware-install.pl" I get this reply:
"A previous installation of VMware software has been detected.
Failure
Execution aborted."

I've looked for other VMware software to uninstall but haven't found any. What should I do?

EDIT: Finally, I've gotten it to work. :) I had to run "sudo ./vmware-uninstall-tools.pl" to wipe the old software off (that I couldn't find... weird). THEN I ran "sudo ./vwmare-install.pl" and it worked.
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Postby scorp123 on Mon Jan 15, 2007 8:06 am

There is now a free alternative (a real alternative!) just in case you're interested ...

http://lt.k1011.nutime.de/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4183#4183
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Re: VMware question

Postby rcaj609 on Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:24 pm

Hey, what version of Linux did u ppic during installation? ive ben trying to find out how to install linux mint on my mac w/ VMware but i dont know which on :( do i just pic Ubuntu? or one of the Other Linux 2.2.xkenerl etc? thx
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