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How to Install VMware Player in CrunchBang Linux

Another package that I cannot live without is VMware Player for Linux.

To my surprise, as part of my reinstallation of CrunchBang, I ran into some difficulty when installing VMware Player.

I first downloaded the latest version of VMware Player (4.0.4) and attempted to install it by following the steps found here to no avail. I received an error message that I needed to update Linux headers, etc. and installation failed on multiple attempts even after upgrading my kernel to the latest one available in the backports.

I came across a thread which mentioned a patch that was required for the installation of VMware player. I downloaded the patch and tried it with no luck. The error message said, “Sorry, this script is only for VMWare WorkStation 8.0.2 or VMWare Player 4.0.2.”

When I downloaded version 4.0.4 of VMware Player, I noticed that older versions were also available for download. So I went back to the download page, and got myself version 4.0.2.

I proceeded with the following steps (thanks to this post).

To install the required packages:

~$ sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

Next, I went to the directory where the downloaded VMware Player file was located:

~$ cd /home/andy/downloads

For a list of the contents of the directory:

~$ ls -l

To install VMware Player 4.0.2:

sudo bash ./VMware-Player-4.0.2-591240.i386

I then applied the patch, which was located in the same directory as the VMware Player installation file:

~$ sudo ./patch-modules_3.2.0.sh

Following this, VMware Player could be started without issue.

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  • Coke June 30, 2013, 10:52 AM

    Thank you so much. VMware Player running in #! in 5 minutes.

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