VMware Player in Ubuntu

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Ubuntu 7.10 Instructions

Installing from package

Add the following repository in /etc/apt/sources.list to install vmware-player in Ubuntu 7.10.

# VMware Player
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/cschieli/ubuntu gutsy main

Install VMware Player.

$ sudo apt-get update && apt-get install vmware-player

Ubuntu 8.04 Instructions

Installing from source

Install the packages needed to build the VMware Player kernel modules.

$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential

Extract VMware Player.

$ tar zxvf VMware-player-2.0.3-80004.i386.tar.gz

Install VMware Player.

$ cd vmware-player-distrib
$ sudo ./vmware-install.pl

It is likely that the VMware Player kernel module compilation will fail. If it does, download the "vmware-any-any" patch, extract it, and run runme.pl.

Error when trying to "Connect Parallel Port"

With a Windows XP Guest System and a Ubuntu 8.04 host, I receive this error when attempt to connect the parallel port:

Parallel port "/dev/parport0" is 
used by another program (such
as another instance of VMware
Player) or driver (such as lp).
Failed to connect virtual device
parallel0.

As a workaround, remove the lp module and its dependencies from the running kernel with modprobe -r lp.

$ lsmod | grep lp
lp                     11332  0 
parport                35912  3 ppdev,lp,parport_pc

$ sudo modprobe -r lp

To resume printing in your Ubuntu host system, you will likely have to re-enable the lp module and its dependencies with modprobe lp.

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