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.
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.