Unable to build kernel module, Vmware

If you are using Ubuntu 11.04 as your primary os and are running vmware player, you may have noticed that the latest update makes vmware give an error “unable to build kernel module” while starting.

There are several methods online for fixing this including downloading from shady repositories, deleting your compiled code and re importing. But I am a firm believer in the simplicity theory; that is the best solution is the simplest one.

The way I fixed it was by going to vmware’s website and downloading the latest version (vmware-player3.1.bundle).
Then run this command from the terminal

sudo sh ‘some/path/to/your/file/vmware-player3.1’

Tip: instead of typing out the full address to where your download is located; simply drag the file into the terminal and ubuntu will put in the address for you.

This will bring up a graphical user interface and guide you through the reinstall process.

About spuder
spuder is a "super computer" support engineer by day, and tinkerer / hobbyist by night.

One Response to Unable to build kernel module, Vmware

  1. baobab says:

    you can download wmware here (register yourself if not already) :

    and choose whatever is good for you (i’m running ubuntu, updated from maverick meerkat to oneiric ocelot so i download the :
    VMware Player for Linux 64-bit.bundle Installation file for 64-bit Linux)

    today the version is 4.02
    size ~124 Mo

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