I have been using VMware Player for a long time on 14.04. I updated to 16.04 about 3 months ago. Now I am trying to launch VMware Player for the first time since the upgrade, and it refuses to launch! I double click the shortcut on my launcher, then the program tries to launch as usual by appeaing in the bottom taskbar with a message "Starting VMware Player", and after a few seconds it simply disappears with no error!
I tried the following with no change:
I reinstalled a slightly newer version. From version 6 to 7 (VMware-Player-7.1.2-2780323.x86_64.bundle)
I found this post vmware error after upgrade to ubuntu 16.04 and disabled secure boot in bios.
I read this post VMware wont run in ubuntu 16.04 LTS (No Error msg even) and people are saying VMware Player sucks. But I have been using it for about 5 years on Ubuntu and have never had an issue up to now.
Of couse I ran the update just in case...
All info above is the original problem - I launch VMplayer and it does not launch with no error message or any dialogue boxes. Everything below is the current problem where I have a bunch of errors with compiling modules and loading them into the kernel after trying some terminal commands
I found this post VMware won't work after Ubuntu Upgrade. I ran
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/vmware/lib/libglibmm-2.4.so.1/:$LD_LIBRARY_PATHand it looked like it was about to start... i was asked to update the kernel, I enter the password
and the process fails with this message:
(vmware-gksu:4905): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "murrine", (vmware-gksu:4905): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "murrine", Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "canberra-gtk-module"
using the comments in vmware player on ubuntu 15.10 I ran
echo /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libglibmm-2.4.so.1 | sudo tee -a /etc/ld.so.conf.d/LD_LIBRARY_PATH.confand
sudo ldconfig. Also I ran
sudo apt-get install libcanberra-gtk*
after trying all those commands, when I type
vmplayer at the terminal I am asked for a password to compile the kernel, and once that process launches it fails. Image below gives you a gist of what I am seeing.
The contents of the terminal after
vmplayer can be found here: https://paste.ubuntu.com/24246599/
The contents of the error log can be found here: https://paste.ubuntu.com/24246694/
My high level questions is how do I get VMware Player version 6 or 7 to work with 16.04?
I am sure it's important to mention that the post in the second ordered list above suggested running
sudo modprobe vmnet. I am not sure what information this command is providing, but here it is:
modprobe: FATAL: Module vmnet not found in directory /lib/modules/4.4.0-66-generic
Any suggestions or advice are much appriciated!