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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 4:27 am    Post subject: Re: Vmware Network is screwed up Reply with quote

cyb0rg51 wrote:
Windows can't detect my network drivers.

Well, I sometimes have the same problem with Win2k. This is when I don't shutdown the win2k system the proper way (meaning: Start -> Shutdown -> ...) and just closing the vmplayer window. Try a clean shutdown/reboot and see if that works ...

Can you also, together with you vmx, the output of this commad: ps -A | grep vmnet

Thanks for showing interests for this howto ;)
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 7:52 pm    Post subject: thanks for the help, problem solved Reply with quote

First off I want to thank you for your help with my network...
After about 4 hours of working with the stupid NIC card inside the VM (winxp pro)
I finally found the solution...

The problem was literally windows couldn't find the drivers for the nic.
While when I boot up the virtual system it was recognized as INtel e1000 (thinks that right)

So what I did was went onto the Intel site and downloaded their drivers for that model..
By mounting and unmonting my flash drive I copied over and installed the driver

(the flash driver would sometimes lock and be unable to dismount from the VM and mount onto gentoo,
but thats a whole different story :? )

ANyways windows detected and installed the Intel e1000 driver, and it works now..

However regarding the OP, Since gentoo doesn't support vmware-server yet in there portage, it seems like this is the only option for running a "FREE" virtual machine.. I found that by using qemu to create winXP, vmplayer to run winXP and Microsoft Remote Desktop to Log Into winXP, its a way for those who don't want to install vmware but loginto their system from windows to do so.

EDIT: the reason for using remote desktop is that, vmware sets up and runs background services and applications for winXP even when your not connecting to the remote machine.. (i guess i just don't like how it ties up system resources and re-configures my system, just so i can log into the remote system).
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 9:50 pm    Post subject: Re: thanks for the help, problem solved Reply with quote

cyb0rg51 wrote:
(the flash driver would sometimes lock and be unable to dismount from the VM and mount onto gentoo,
but thats a whole different story :? )


I've had this problem, too, and I started just pulling the drive out and reinserting it when switching between the guest and host.

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the reason for using remote desktop is that, vmware sets up and runs background services and applications for winXP even when your not connecting to the remote machine.. (i guess i just don't like how it ties up system resources and re-configures my system, just so i can log into the remote system).


I'm not quite sure what you mean here. You need to start the vmware initscript to run VMware Player and load your Windows XP image. So why use RDP to connect to the guest OS, when it is already running (since it has to be running in order to host Terminal Services)? Maybe I'm missing something in your post; if so, please correct me.
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 10:09 pm    Post subject: Re: thanks for the help, problem solved Reply with quote

cyb0rg51 wrote:
However regarding the OP, Since gentoo doesn't support vmware-server yet in there portage, it seems like this is the only option for running a "FREE" virtual machine.


You could always install it manually... :?

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. I found that by using qemu to create winXP, vmplayer to run winXP and Microsoft Remote Desktop to Log Into winXP, its a way for those who don't want to install vmware but loginto their system from windows to do so.

EDIT: the reason for using remote desktop is that, vmware sets up and runs background services and applications for winXP even when your not connecting to the remote machine.. (i guess i just don't like how it ties up system resources and re-configures my system, just so i can log into the remote system).


Do you mean "guest OS", not "remote machine"? I'm confused by what you're saying here... running qemu isn't much different from VMware in that they both virtualize the hardware.

Xen is also an option as well if you have Intel VT hardware or are hosting Linux.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmm i'm still figuring out the possiblities for Virtual machines. To better explain my reason for using Remote Desktop, i'll tell you my situation.

The actual PHYSICAL computer is running a native gentoo operating system (i love gentoo :D ) This will run all my
web development needs such as apache2 php, mysql, perl, etc..

However under my situation I want to be able to give a family member remote access to the same computer running Windows XP by using VMWARE. That person can't install any VMWARE to connect to the Guest OS b/c the computer they are connecting from is borrowed and not theirs..

So my workaround for this is for me to run and install vmware-player, running WindowsXP (but not logged in)
So that my family member can run Remote Desktop without having to install any additional software..

I realize that it's not really designed for that, and with Remote Desktop, you don't have as much control over the system as you do with using vmware.

About installing vmware-server, gentoo recommends never doing a manual install of tar files b/c it can disrupt the integrity of the system (unless your an expert). However i read an article about being able to ebuild/emerge vmware-server using a test build of some sort. The link can be found ***here****..

P.S. Thank you for all your help, and sorry for the long posts
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cyb0rg51 wrote:

So my workaround for this is for me to run and install vmware-player, running WindowsXP (but not logged in)
So that my family member can run Remote Desktop without having to install any additional software..


Just out of curiosity, what is the performance like with RDP on this setup? I know RDP is fast, but I'm wondering how hosting Terminal Services inside a VMware guest affects the speed...

I'm asking because this gives me an idea for something I might want to try.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure there's some benchmarkable performance hit, but unless you knew it was running in a VM, you couldn't tell the difference.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EmmEff wrote:
I'm sure there's some benchmarkable performance hit, but unless you knew it was running in a VM, you couldn't tell the difference.


Good to know, thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 10:11 am    Post subject: vmware-server on gentoo Reply with quote

I have no issues running WMware Server on any Gentoo. Also tried to run my WinXP from the native partition and without issues. I just recommend to have a separate HW profile for the Windows XP,

You can also create a Ghost Image of your Windows partition and use the free VMware Importer to import it to your VMware server. If you would like to control the Vmware server from different computer there are VMware server consoles for Windows and Linux too.

If there are any issues than try to ask me. (i work for that vmwear :)
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am trying to get VM player running. I am following the tutorial:

Howto: qemu + vmplayer = free vmware:
http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-435223-highlight-vmware+player.html

I am running the config script, below. Looks like "virtual machine monitor" and "virtual ethernet"
are not starting. Then when I try and run to run the program, I get the

Quote:

vmware is installed, but it has not been (correctly) configured
for this system. To (re-)configure it, invoke the following command:
/opt/vmware/player/bin/vmware-config.pl.



again. I am running kernel
linux-2.6.16-ck9


Can anyone help??
("workstation" below is my machine's name, and "virtual" is the directory I was
in when I cut and pasted the output)





Code:


workstation virtual # /opt/vmware/player/bin/vmware-config.pl
Making sure services for VMware Player are stopped.

 * WARNING:  vmware has not yet been started.

Configuring fallback GTK+ 2.4 libraries.

Trying to find a suitable vmmon module for your running kernel.

None of the pre-built vmmon modules for VMware Player is suitable for your
running kernel.  Do you want this program to try to build the vmmon module for
your system (you need to have a C compiler installed on your system)? [yes]

Using compiler "/usr/bin/gcc". Use environment variable CC to override.

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/lib/modules/2.6.16-ck9/build/include]

Extracting the sources of the vmmon module.

Building the vmmon module.

Building for VMware Player 1.0.x or VMware Workstation 5.5.x.
Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.16-ck9/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.16-ck9'
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/linux/driver.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/common/cpuid.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/common/hash.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/common/memtrack.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/common/phystrack.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/common/task.o
cc1plus: warning: command line option "-Wstrict-prototypes" is valid for C/ObjC but not for C++
cc1plus: warning: command line option "-Wdeclaration-after-statement" is valid for C/ObjC but not for C++
cc1plus: warning: command line option "-Wstrict-prototypes" is valid for C/ObjC but not for C++
cc1plus: warning: command line option "-ffreestanding" is valid for C/ObjC but not for C++
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/common/vmx86.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/vmcore/compat.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/vmcore/moduleloop.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/vmmon.o
  Building modules, stage 2.
  MODPOST
  CC      /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/vmmon.mod.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only/vmmon.ko
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.16-ck9'
cp -f vmmon.ko ./../vmmon.o
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config2/vmmon-only'
The module loads perfectly in the running kernel.

This program previously created the file /dev/parport0, and was about to remove
it.  Somebody else apparently did it already.

This program previously created the file /dev/parport1, and was about to remove
it.  Somebody else apparently did it already.

This program previously created the file /dev/parport2, and was about to remove
it.  Somebody else apparently did it already.

This program previously created the file /dev/parport3, and was about to remove
it.  Somebody else apparently did it already.

This program previously created the file /dev/vmnet0, and was about to remove
it.  Somebody else apparently did it already.

This program previously created the file /dev/vmnet1, and was about to remove
it.  Somebody else apparently did it already.

This program previously created the file /dev/vmnet8, and was about to remove
it.  Somebody else apparently did it already.

You have already setup networking.

Would you like to skip networking setup and keep your old settings as they are?
(yes/no) [yes]

Extracting the sources of the vmnet module.

Building the vmnet module.

Building for VMware Player 1.0.x or VMware Workstation 5.5.x.
Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.16-ck9/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.16-ck9'
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only/driver.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only/hub.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only/userif.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only/netif.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only/bridge.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only/procfs.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only/smac_compat.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only/smac_linux.x386.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only/vmnet.o
  Building modules, stage 2.
  MODPOST
  CC      /tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only/vmnet.mod.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only/vmnet.ko
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.16-ck9'
cp -f vmnet.ko ./../vmnet.o
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config2/vmnet-only'
The module loads perfectly in the running kernel.

 * Starting VMware services:                                                                                                           [ ok ]
 *   Virtual machine monitor                                                                                                           [ !! ]
 *   Virtual ethernet                                                                                                                  [ !! ]
 *   Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0                                                                                                 [ ok ]
 *   Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1 (background)                                                                                  [ ok ]
 *   Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8 (background)                                                                                  [ ok ]
 *   NAT service on /dev/vmnet8                                                                                                        [ ok ]

The configuration of VMware Player 1.0.1 build-19317 for Linux for this running
kernel completed successfully.

You can now run VMware Player by invoking the following command:
"/opt/vmware/player/bin/vmplayer".

Enjoy,

--the VMware team

workstation virtual # /opt/vmware/player/bin/vmplayer
vmware is installed, but it has not been (correctly) configured
for this system. To (re-)configure it, invoke the following command:
/opt/vmware/player/bin/vmware-config.pl.

workstation virtual # lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
vmnet                  29476  -
vmmon                 183980  -
snd_seq_midi            6336  -
snd_emu10k1_synth       6568  -
snd_emux_synth         33928  -
snd_seq_virmidi         5192  -
snd_seq_midi_emul       6568  -
snd_pcm_oss            47648  -
snd_mixer_oss          16424  -
snd_seq_dummy           2444  -
snd_seq_oss            31040  -
snd_seq_midi_event      5704  -
snd_seq                48816  -
fuse                   36816  -
loop                   13040  -
dm_crypt                9936  -
dm_mod                 49752  -
snd_emu10k1           120036  -
snd_rawmidi            19872  -
snd_ac97_codec         91208  -
snd_ac97_bus            1640  -
snd_pcm                80044  -
snd_seq_device          6516  -
snd_timer              20684  -
snd_page_alloc          8080  -
nvidia               4544212  -
snd_util_mem            3112  -
snd_hwdep               6764  -
e1000                 107484  -
snd                    44708  -

workstation virtual #
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try to do the configure script again and choose, "no" here:
Code:
Would you like to skip networking setup and keep your old settings as they are?
(yes/no) [yes]

And configure the network settings again ...
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aries-Belgium wrote:
Try to do the configure script again and choose, "no" here:
Code:
Would you like to skip networking setup and keep your old settings as they are?
(yes/no) [yes]

And configure the network settings again ...


That is certainly worth a try, but it looks like something else may be wrong here (see those errors during the compilation of the module?).

Part of me wants to blame possibly unstable CFLAGS, but they might be irrelevant here in any case. Still, I'm curious to know what your CFLAGS are.

You could also try purging all vmware-related files and reinstalling (but I doubt this will make much of a difference):

Code:
/etc/init.d/vmware
/etc/vmware
/etc/env.d/90vmware-player
/lib/modules/*/misc/vm*
/home/*/.vmware
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GetCool wrote:

Part of me wants to blame possibly unstable CFLAGS, but they might be irrelevant here in any case. Still, I'm curious to know what your CFLAGS are.



Here is my /etc/make.conf


Thanks for your help!!!


# These settings were set by the catalyst build script that automatically built this stage
CFLAGS="-O2 -march=pentium4 -fomit-frame-pointer"
LDFLAGS="-Wl,-O1"
MAKEOPTS="-j2"
CHOST="i686-pc-linux-gnu"
USE="fuse gimpshop avi live matroska mpeg oggvorbis real theora xanim font-server kqemu mouse oss arts kdeenablefinal kdexdeltas hal alsa kde qt sse nptl dvd avi cdr cups mozilla mpeg ncurses opengl perl png ssl truetype xmms win32codecs nvidia mmx real"
CXXFLAGS="${CFLAGS}"
ALSA_CARDS=emu10k1
LDFLAGS="-Wl,-O1"
SEARCH_DIRS_MASK="/usr/lib/openoffice /usr/X11R6/lib/openoffice /opt"
PORTDIR_OVERLAY="/usr/local/portage"

PORTDIR_OVERLAY="/usr/local/portage"
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clapper wrote:
Here is my /etc/make.conf


Well, I don't see anything too bad in there, although you do have a couple redundant entries.

I'm also intrigued by those device node errors you were getting.

Try our previous suggestions: get rid of vmware-player completely, reinstall, and then go through all of the setup again, reconfiguring your networking settings:

Code:
# emerge -C vmware-player
# rm -rf /etc/vmware
# rm /etc/init.d/vmware
# rm /lib/modules/*/misc/vm*
# rm -rf /home/*/.vmware
# emerge vmware-player
# /opt/vmware/player/bin/vmware-config.pl
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Errr how do you like get rid of that horrible bar at the top of the screen ;-)

I go Ctrl+Atl+Return to get full screen & its still there

TIA
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrGreen wrote:
Errr how do you like get rid of that horrible bar at the top of the screen ;-)


I think you can just click on the pin icon, if I remember correctly.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well I cannot click on panel mouse just goes under it ?

I thought there was an option you could use in vmx file to hide ;-S
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:
comp home # cd /tmp
comp tmp # ls
vmware-config0  vmware-config1  vmware-config2  vmware-config3
comp tmp # rm -rf vm*
comp tmp # ls
comp tmp # cd vmware-config0
-bash: cd: vmware-config0: No such file or directory
comp tmp # /opt/vmware/player/bin/vmware-config.pl
The correct version of one or more libraries needed to run VMware Player may be
missing.  This is the output of ldd /opt/vmware/player/bin/vmware:
        linux-gate.so.1 =>  (0xffffe000)
        libm.so.6 => /lib/tls/libm.so.6 (0xb7f95000)
        libdl.so.2 => /lib/libdl.so.2 (0xb7f90000)
        libpthread.so.0 => /lib/tls/libpthread.so.0 (0xb7f7d000)
        libX11.so.6 => /usr/lib/libX11.so.6 (0xb7e8b000)
        libXtst.so.6 => not found
        libXext.so.6 => /usr/lib/libXext.so.6 (0xb7e7c000)
        libXt.so.6 => /usr/lib/libXt.so.6 (0xb7e29000)
        libICE.so.6 => /usr/lib/libICE.so.6 (0xb7e10000)
        libSM.so.6 => /usr/lib/libSM.so.6 (0xb7e07000)
        libXrender.so.1 => /usr/lib/libXrender.so.1 (0xb7dfe000)
        libz.so.1 => /lib/libz.so.1 (0xb7ded000)
        libc.so.6 => /lib/tls/libc.so.6 (0xb7cd5000)
        /lib/ld-linux.so.2 (0xb7fbe000)
        libXau.so.6 => /usr/lib/libXau.so.6 (0xb7cd2000)
        libXdmcp.so.6 => /usr/lib/libXdmcp.so.6 (0xb7ccc000)

This program cannot tell for sure, but you may need to upgrade libc5 to glibc
before you can run VMware Player.

Hit enter to continue.

Making sure services for VMware Player are stopped.

/etc/vmware/init.d/vmware: line 726: [: -: integer expression expected
 * ERROR:  "vmware" has not yet been started.

Configuring fallback GTK+ 2.4 libraries.

Trying to find a suitable vmmon module for your running kernel.

None of the pre-built vmmon modules for VMware Player is suitable for your
running kernel.  Do you want this program to try to build the vmmon module for
your system (you need to have a C compiler installed on your system)? [yes]

Using compiler "/usr/bin/gcc". Use environment variable CC to override.

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/lib/modules/2.6.16-gentoo-r12/build/include]

Extracting the sources of the vmmon module.

Building the vmmon module.

VMware 2 or VMware Express detected, building for VMware 2, VMware Express and VMware Workstation 4.0.x.
Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.16-gentoo-r12/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.16-gentoo-r12'
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/common/cpuid.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/common/hash.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/common/memtrack.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/common/phystrack.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/common/task.o
cc1plus: warning: command line option "-Wstrict-prototypes" is valid for C/ObjC but not for C++
cc1plus: warning: command line option "-Wdeclaration-after-statement" is valid for C/ObjC but not for C++
cc1plus: warning: command line option "-Wstrict-prototypes" is valid for C/ObjC but not for C++
cc1plus: warning: command line option "-ffreestanding" is valid for C/ObjC but not for C++
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/common/vmx86.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/vmcore/compat.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/vmcore/moduleloop.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/vmmon.o
  Building modules, stage 2.
  MODPOST
  CC      /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/vmmon.mod.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/vmmon.ko
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.16-gentoo-r12'
cp -f vmmon.ko ./../vmmon.o
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only'
Unable to make a vmmon module that can be loaded in the running kernel:
insmod: error inserting '/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon.o': -1 File exists
There is probably a slight difference in the kernel configuration between the
set of C header files you specified and your running kernel.  You may want to
rebuild a kernel based on that directory, or specify another directory.

For more information on how to troubleshoot module-related problems, please
visit our Web site at "http://www.vmware.com/download/modules/modules.html" and
"http://www.vmware.com/support/reference/linux/prebuilt_modules_linux.html".

Execution aborted.


Can anyone help me please?

I followed the instructions on the main page, then I read through the pages and no one seems to be stuck where I am, or have the problem with the libc5 / glibc thing. I have glibc, so maybe I have to activate it somewhere to be used for this?
I then removed everything hoping that GetCool's method may work for my problem, no help.

The output of vmplayer
Code:
comp ~ # vmplayer
vmware is installed, but it has not been (correctly) configured
for this system. To (re-)configure it, invoke the following command:
/opt/vmware/player/bin/vmware-config.pl.


I'm running kernel 2.6.16-gentoo-r12
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which X version are you using?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ungh :)

maybe thats the problem.. I had hoped I could just get around installing X, but I guess not
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:24 pm    Post subject: Vmware-player and modular X mouse troubles. Reply with quote

Is your mouse not working in vmware-player with Xorg 7.0 and the evdev mouse driver? Mine quit working in vmplayer after the modular X upgrade and WinXP is a bit difficult to operate without a mouse. :P The regular mouse driver in Xorg works fine with vmplayer, but then all my mouse buttons don't work correctly in Linux.

The solution to the problem is to have vmware-tools installed in the guest system. Your guest image might already have them installed, but my home-brewed image didn't.

Here's a link on a way to easily install vmware-tools with vmware-player:

http://www.brandonhutchinson.com/Installing_VMware_Tools_with_VMware_Player.html

In a nutshell, you d/l the vmware-workstation tarball, extract and then locate windows.iso, which is a cdrom image installation file of vmware-tools. Load that image on a loopback file system and copy the installation files into your guest system. I use winscp to copy files in and out of my Winxp guest system. Then simply install vmware-tools in the guest.

There are 3 advantages to having vmware-tools installed in your guest system:

Now vmware-player works with evdev. :)
The guest clock will sync to the host.
A big performance increase.

I wish I knew about vmware-tools earlier, it makes vmplayer even nicer to use.

By the way, vmware doesn't have a problem with this. Probably they wish to make it a little hard to setup to encourage vmware-workstation sales.

http://www.vmware.com/community/message.jspa?messageID=300296#300296
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

panchonb wrote:
pjp wrote:
Cool tip Aries-Belgium. I'll have to try this out one of these days. I also tried qemu, but didn't get very far. Once Server is available in portage, I'll choose between it, Workstation, and this as solutions.


panchonb wrote:
Interesting how to, but maybe not needed anymore?

Checkout the free VMWare Server.

Thanks for the tip though.
My understanding is that Server doesn't offer all of the features of Workstation. I haven't found a detailed feature comparison though.


I found this little comparison of Workstation to GSX Server (VMware server is replacing GSX):
"How does VMware Workstation compare to VMware GSX Server?
While both products are built on the same core Workstation virtualization technology and are hosted products (install on top of a host operating system) they are used in different ways and have different capabilities.

* Workstation is installed on a PC and is used by an individual for testing and development. GSX Server is installed on a server, can be accessed remotely by multiple users, runs server-class applications in both production and test/dev environments to enable server consolidation, and offers server-class scalability. Often times software developers and IT professionals create, configure, and test server-class environments within a virtual machine using Workstation. These virtual machines are then often deployed on VMware GSX Server or ESX Server so others can access these virtual machines for both test/development and production uses.
* GSX Server differs from Workstation in that it can concurrently run more virtual machines (GSX Server supports servers with up to 32 processors and/or 64GB of memory), offers remote management functionality, supports advanced API and scripting functionality, and can run in headless mode. Accordingly, GSX Server has a higher price point than Workstation."

From this I don't really see any practical differences. Meaning, they both support the same features in the virtual machines, but the management features or UI might be geared slightly different.


VMWare wrote:
Q: How is VMware Server different from Workstation? Will Workstation also be free?

A: VMware will continue to charge for Workstation and has no plans to drop its price. Workstation has unique, advanced features that are not available in VMware Server. These features include the ability to manage multi-tier configurations and multiple snapshots. Workstation is a productivity tool used by developers and technical professionals on an individual PC. VMware will continue to develop compelling features on this product that dramatically streamline software testing and development.


http://www.vmware.com/products/server/faqs.html
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

drwook wrote:
Your windows install (almost certainly) won't run properly on the virtual machine - think about if you physically moved a hard drive with windows on into another machine and tried to boot it... If you really want to try though, 'dd if=/dev/hdxx of=~/imagefile' should create an image


I have actually done this myself... I did it just as I would on a real PC.

I used booted vmware by mounting an ISO of the ghost cd, and added my real windows hard drive as a second drive to the virtual machine. I then ghosted the windows from the hard drive into the virtual hard drive, booted up and everythign workedperfectly.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I installe vmplayer following as much as possible the instructions given here. It seems to work but it is very slow. The computer seems to freeze during few seconds (sometimes up to 10 seconds). The computer is thus unusable. I'm running windows 2000 in vmplayer

Is this a know problem with known solutions? or is there any solutions?

I have a laptop, I first thought that it could be due to swapping but looking at gkrellm I didn't find any increase of the used part of the swap. I didn't identify the source of the problem.

vmplayer is 1.0.2.29634
vmmodules is 1.0.0.15-r1


When running vmplayer I see this error :
/opt/vmware/player/lib/bin/vmplayer: /opt/vmware/player/lib/lib/libpng12.so.0/libpng12.so.0: no version information available (required by /usr/lib/libcairo.so.2)

could that be the problem?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi!

Should not.

Verify the amount of memory you gave to your vm. If you put too much, it may use 0 and 100% of your Windows 2000 swap.
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