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)


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.

  • 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

  • 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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