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Install VMware Player On Ubuntu 8.04

Update – If your version of VMware Player or Server fails to start after a regular kernel upgrade you have to re-run the “”.

Revised on Jun 20, 2008

Download VMWare Player latest version which is 2.0.4 from the VMWare site and choose “VMware Player 2.0.4 for Linux (.tar)”.

I would recommend installing the development tools first

sudo aptitude install build-essential linux-kernel-devel linux-headers-generic xinetd

After the download is completed untar the VMware Player download using

tar xzvf VMware-player-2.0.4-93057.i386.tar.gz

Move to the recently created directory

cd vmware-player-distrib/

and install

sudo ./

Follow and answer the configuration options like usual, when you are done start VMWare Player.


  1. Commented on
    Comment by Stephen

    Thanks for the prompt how to. I too found that my VMware Player 1.03 build 34682 wouldn’t run when I upgraded from 7.10 to Hardy Heron 8.04. I want to give your solution a try but I’m concerned that I don’t loose any data from my existing VMware Player installation.

    If I install the new VMware Player 2.03-80004i386 will I run the risk of losing the existing partition and the Windows 2000 files I’ve been running in my existing VMware Player 1.0.3?

  2. Commented on
    Comment by jordan

    Worked perfectly for me… Thanks for the helpful post!!!

  3. Commented on
    Comment by luis

    No, the new version wont delete anything in my opinion the worse that can happen is that your virtual machines might not run. I didn’t have the chance to test VMware player 1.0.3.

    My recommendation is to go ahead and install the new version and make a back up of the vm’s before proceeding.

  4. Commented on
    Comment by Mike

    Worked like a charm!!! Thanks for doing the work for everyone else. Great job!

  5. Commented on
    Comment by Jaime

    the patch is not longer available !!! do you know where can i find it ?

    thx in advance


  6. Commented on
    Comment by luis

    The patch is now available from this server.

  7. Commented on
    Comment by iDude

    I have done this now on two new Ubuntu 8.04 installs and it worked great! Thanks!

  8. Commented on
    Comment by eldad

    Followed directions and this is the error I get

    vmware is installed, but it has not been (correctly) configured
    for this system. To (re-)configure it, invoke the following command:

    any help would be great

  9. Commented on
    Comment by Samir

    Thanks appreciated, saver solution

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