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VMware Workstation 8 Error During Reconfig After Fedora 16

asked 2011-12-01 14:37:28 -0500

mattIntheNW gravatar image

updated 2011-12-03 14:54:54 -0500

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After upgrading to Fedora 16 (64), VMware Workstation won't re-configure under the upgraded OS. I'm getting an error saying the vmnet component can't compile and the services won't restart. I've done numerous searches and tried some of the relevant ones, but they don't resolve the problem. Any ideas?

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answered 2011-12-02 04:34:17 -0500

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updated 2011-12-03 07:23:09 -0500

Update your system :

sudo yum update

See what linux kernel version :

sudo uname -a

in this case -> 3.1.2-1

VMware patches

Note: VMware Workstation 8 and VMware Player 4 only require patching for 3.1 kernels.

$ cd /tmp
$ wget
$ tar -xvzf vmware8linux31fix.tar.gz
# ./

Warning: When upgrading the kernel you will have to rebuild the vmware modules with:

# vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

Failure to do so may result in a system crash upon powering up virtual machines.

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answered 2011-12-02 14:58:20 -0500

mattIntheNW gravatar image

Ran this but got a message 'unable to start services > FAILED' at the end. Kernel is 3.1.2-1. VMware is v8.0.0-471780. I'll grab v8.0.1 and give that a try.

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answered 2011-12-03 07:09:50 -0500

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Patch and script to fix the build of kernel modules from vmware on linux 3.1 and newer.

The Patch & Script is available at following link:

Download: [root@fedora ~]# wget

Extract: [root@fedora ~]# tar -xzvf vmware8linux31fix.tar.gz

Install: [root@fedora ~]# ./

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answered 2012-01-12 05:23:38 -0500

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Hi, I am also having problems with Fedora 16 and VMWare. I have downloaded and installed VMWare 8.0.1. When I start it, it complains about not being able to find the headers 3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64. I have installed the kernel headers, but they have version number 3.1.7.

How can I fix this?

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