I recently did a fresh install to 15.04. I downloaded and installed vmware player, but when I go to launch it, I receive a message saying "vmware workstation several modules must be compiled and loaded into the kernel."

I click install so that it can proceed, but then I get an error saying that it is "unable to start services."

Any ideas of how I can get it to work again?


found here https://communities.vmware.com/thread/509225

This can be fixed by running the following steps as Root (in a terminal):

  1. log in as root (e.g. sudo -i)
  2. Enter your Root password.
  3. Enter these commands:

    curl https://pastebin.com/raw/Z1ihzbcE -o /tmp/vmnet-3.19.patch
    cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
    tar -xf vmnet.tar
    cd vmnet-only
    patch -p0 -i /tmp/vmnet-3.19.patch
    mv vmnet.tar vmnet.tar.SAVED
    tar -cf vmnet.tar vmnet-only
    rm -r vmnet-only
    vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

VMware will now compile the vmnet module for Kernel 3.19. (please make sure you have DKMS installed)

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Make sure to upgrade to the latest version of VMware player before trying the patch. While I was on VMware Player 6.x the patch didn't work, but on 7.1.x it worked.

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  • Thanks! I reinstalled VMware player, and then applied the patch. Worked perfectly :) – James Ringstaff Apr 28 '15 at 0:43
  • Care to link to the patch you're referring to? I've just updated to Ubuntu 15.04, installed Vmware Player 7.1.0-2496824.x86_64 and I have a "Failed to build vmnet" error as well – naisanza Apr 30 '15 at 15:19
  • Second naisanza: What patch are you referring to? Thanks. – Ethan Brown May 1 '15 at 18:19
  • I found this page, and it worked: askubuntu.com/questions/613187/… – Ethan Brown May 1 '15 at 18:26

This worked well for me:

For the newbies out there, This is what the commands will do by running it in terminal:

  • In the folder /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source, you have to extract the vmnet-only file from vmnet.tar and make a backup of the .tar-file.

  • Run the patch you downloaded from http://pastie.org/pastes/9934018/download before making a new vmnet.tar from the vmnet-only folder

  • Delete the vmnet-only folder and do the compiling

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  • Can you explain it better? Not for me, but I think that the most of newbies will not understand. You can explain how to use a patch etc. – 0x2b3bfa0 May 23 '15 at 12:36
  • Please explain your process more. a step by step process with command line how you finally got yours to work. Thanks for your effort so far – FirmTech Aug 20 '15 at 9:29

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