VMware Workstation 7.1.4, Ubuntu 11.04 and Unity

Three days back I installed Ubuntu 11.04 Beta onto my work machine. I tried getting Workstation to work but it kept crashing. In Unity session, it would start up and even start the VMs but would keep crashing on trying to switch to the VM console. In gnome session workstation would startup, switch to console session but crash while trying to move files in and out of the VM.

Version 7.1.3 has known issue with running in the new Unity session and v7.1.4 was supposed to fix this. Going by some comments online, it has seemed to fix it in many cases to. For me it just wasnt working. After looking around for a while I found a workaround on VMware community forums. For making VMware Workstation 7.1.4 with work with Ubuntu 11.04 in Unity Session, just start it from cli as follows:

$ export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/vmware/lib/libglib-2.0.so.0/libglib-2.0.so.0
$ vmware

This fixes the glib related errors that were crashing the software and you can start using your VMs. See this forum thread for more information.


VMware Player and Ubuntu 8.10 keyboard mapping issues

Yesterday I installed VMware Workstation 6.5 on my fresh install of Ubuntu 8.10. After powering on a Windows XP vm, I realized that I could not use the arrow keys properly. On hitting the left arrow key, start menu was being displayed and other arrow keys had similar issues. Also, using VMware player was completely impossible as ctrl-alt-del wasn’t working.

After searching around a bit I found that many others had faced similar issue. Apparently it is not a bug with VMware Workstation. Due to some updates to Ubuntu 8.10, the keyboard mappings were screwed up. I found good amount of information in the VMware communities forum.

To fix this issue, you simply need to run the following command,

echo 'xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true' > ~/.vmware/config

and if VMware Player/Server/Workstation was running, just restart it.

You should then be good to go…

VMware player on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)

I recently upgraded my office computer from Gusty to Hardy and VMware player stopped working for me. I looked around a bit and found a nice step-by-step guide to get it up and running. Here are the steps:

  1. cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
  2. cp vmmon.tar vmmon.tar.orig
  3. sudo tar xvf vmmon.tar
  4. cd vmmon-only/include/
  5. sudo vi vcpuset.h
  6. change line 74 from: #include “asm/bitops.h” to: #include “linux/bitops.h”
  7. rm vmmon.tar (return to the folder where you decompressed the tar file)
  8. sudo tar cvf vmmon.tar vmmon-only/
  9. sudo rm -rf vmmon-only/
  10. sudo vmware-config.pl

To save you some time, I have uploaded the fixed vmmon.tar, that you can use to replace the original with. Just untar the vmplayer package, download vmmon.tar and cp it to <vmplayer_installer_dir>/lib/modules/source/ and then start the installation process.

This same process should work for VMware Server and Workstation as well.