Update - If your version of VMware Player or Server fails to start after a regular kernel upgrade you have to re-run the “vmware-config.pl”. 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
Follow and answer the configuration options like usual, when you are done start VMWare Player.