I've bought VMware Workstation 8 just today. After the installation I launched it and the application noticed me that "several modules must be compiled and loaded into the running kernel".

During the process, VMware noticed me that was impossible to configure Virtual Network Devices and at the end, was impossible to start the services.

The last message said that further information could be found at this address: /tmp/vmware-root-975001794/modconfig-22789.log

So, I've pasted the content of the log message here.

Can you help me or, rather, you suggest to wait for future updates of Ubuntu? My desktop environment is Unity.

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    Commented Jul 8, 2012 at 4:58

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A simple patch needs to be applied to the module sources

The patch is described and available on this page, but the version in there needs to be changed to 8.0.4 to apply successfully.

Here's how:

To download and apply the patch,

  • Open a terminal and type:

    mkdir vmw_patch && cd vmw_patch
    wget -O- http://weltall.heliohost.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/vmware802fixlinux320.tar.gz | tar -xz
    sed -i -e 's/8.0.2/8.0.4/g' patch-modules_3.2.0.sh 
  • That should compile the modules without any errors.

Explanation: wget downloads the patch, and tar extracts it without actually saving the downloaded file. sed updates 8.0.2 to 8.0.4 in the patching script so that it will run.


When following izx's instructions, if you have VMware Player rather than VMware Workstation, you'll use this command (instead of the sed ... command given there):

sed -i -e 's/4.0.2/4.0.4/g' patch-modules_3.2.0.sh

Thank you both very much for the solution. The only thing I noticed was that I needed to install "patch" with:

sudo apt-get install patch

I'm not sure if this is present on the default install, but I didn't have it for whatever reason. Either way, thank you both so much!


izx's answer worked for me with two exceptions:

  1. I had to run the script as root.
  2. Since I had already applied the same patch earlier when I upgraded from 8.02 to 8.03, I had to remove the old patch flag file and re-run the patch:

    sudo rm /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/.patched
    sudo ./patch-modules_3.2.0.sh

You can find a detailed guide including the above at this blog post.

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