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    I'm trying VMware for the first time, and impressed about the ease of installation and how well it works!! ... EXCEPT I haven't been able to install VMware Tools (and a few other small issues, most of which VMware Tools might solve).


    On a Ubuntu 16.04 OS, I've installed VMware Workstation 14 Player (downloaded within just the last few days), and then a Windows 8.1 virtual machine (from an old computer with a hardware problem about to be discarded, using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client), and I remember seeing a notice of VMtools apparently downloading automatically (to where, I don't know...), but on the toolbar at the top, under Virtual Machine, the option to "Install VMware Tools..." is dimmed and cannot be launched by clicking on it.  I've been using this computer for a day already to test to see what works and what might not, but this problem with VMware Tools has not been resolved despite spending a lot of time researching it and trying to find a solution.


    When the virtual machine starts, a message pops up saying "Install the VMware Tools package inside this virtual machine. After the guest operating system starts,

    select VM > Install VMware Tools ... and follow the instructions."

    (Notably, I would suggest rewriting that last phrase to something like

    "from the toolbar, select Virtual Machine > Install VMware Tools..."

    as it's not clear what is meant by "select VM".)


    I am logged in as an Administrator account on both the underlying Ubuntu OS and also within Windows 8.1 in the virtual machine.  The internet works (and I'm posting this message from within this virtual machine).  I have rebooted the entire computer several times, by proper shut downs of both the virtual guest computer and the host operating system, hoping that would help, as I read somewhere that rebooting the entire system might help with VMware Tools, but it made no difference with this system.


    I have read that VMware Tools cannot be installed manually but must be installed by VMware, and in another place I read that it automatically loads as an ISO onto a virtual DVD but I have no virtual DVD showing up in my virtual machine.  I figure that it should be just clickable from the toolbar ... and it shows up there, but it is shaded out and not clickable.


    Any ideas regarding why "Install VMware Tools..." is presented on the menu but is not clickable, or any ideas of a solution?


    I am trying the free home version of Player thus far, to first see whether or not this will work completely.  Is VMware Tools only available after purchase of a license key?


    (Moving an OS from old hardware to new hardware might best be done by Converter and Player, to keep all your configuration settings and *entire* setup turnkey, so I'm hoping this will work well enough to adopt as a solution, versus moving the OS and everything as the sole OS to boot up successfully on the new hardware with all the necessary drivers and technical steps trying to avoid the potential blue screen of death.  Also, running Linux and Windows concurrently and being able to switch between them for the best of both worlds may be better than booting separately at different times.  Hoping Workstation Player or Pro works well enough to be the best overall solution, all considered...)

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    How do I move and update file to a program that is in WinXP in VMware. I have tried cutting and Pasting and dragging but neither work. I am new to VMware.

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  • 05/11/18--04:48: VMWARE on Ubuntu 18
  • hello,

    i have just installed new Ubuntu 18 and i don't succeed to lauch VMWARE.

    there is an error on Virtual Machine Monitor

    do you have an idea?



    here is the log

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    So my VM was working just fine. I came back from a business trip the following day and got my first-ever triple fault. No settings were changed at all. I attached the log. I have no idea what the problem could be. Any help would be appreciated!

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    I have two USB wireless network adapters -- NetGear WG111v3 and TP-Link TL-WN725N -- that I often attach (one at a time) to a VM.  The NetGear works flawlessly.  The TP-Link will sometimes work but other times it generates an error and becomes unusable -- even by the host OS.  The only remedy I have found is to un-plug / re-plug it.


    I am using VMware Workstation 12 Player, version 12.5.0 build-4352439.  Both the host and guest OS are Windows 7, 64 bit.  The TP-Link is hardware version 2.


    When the TP-Link fails, it no longer shows up in the host OS Device Manager.  On vague advice from Stack Overflow, I have disabled "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" on the TP-Link USB Adapter Properties.  This had no effect.  I have contacted TP-Link and they have apparently reproduced the issue but are directing me to vmware.  So: is this something I can fix or work around with vmware settings?




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    I am installing GNS3, the network emulator, which requires VIX API to operate.

    The installer stopped with an error message stating :

    "VMware vmrun tool could not be found, VMware or the VIX API (required for VMware player) is probably not installed. You can download it from After installation you need to restart GNS3."

    But on that page I only found release note and documentation, no software to download.

    can anyone help me find it ?


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    Hello All;


    I have a system with VMware 14.1 running under Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS, I have multiple VM operating systems running on it (Various Windows version up to 10, a couple Ubuntus), it is a powerful box with no reason at all to believe I have a hardware limitation so please lets stay away from the "Your hardware can't keep up, go buy a new video card suggestions".


    The situation is the VMs will play back video just fine for some period of time and then maybe one VM will start playing videos slow like a half speed, not a jumping choppy half speed but rather a steady consistent half speed.  (Not a hardware unable to perform situation) Sometimes if it is one VM a sysple shut down of that VM is enough to bring back performance..for a while.  Once the situation starts it is downhill  over the next few days all the VMs will start to play slow. (Yes for a while it is possible to have slow and fast VMs) Once they are all slow even a full shut down of VMware will not clear the problem.  The only know cure is a full power down to cold and reboot.


    It matters not which format or source of video, it can be local or Web based.


    Even when the VMs are all playing video slow the host is unchanged.


    Zotac GeForce GT 710 2GB Low Profile Video Card (THis is not a gaming system so the card manages very well)

    Latest drivers.



    X99 chipset (Gigabyte GA-X99 Designare)

    128GB DDR4  (Yeah it might seem a bit  much but circuit simulations can always use more.....)

    1TB SSD for host OS

    16  TB raid 1 0 for VMs.


    Hoping for the magic bullet suggestion.





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  • 05/19/18--08:59: Ubuntu 18 guest hangs
  • Sometimes after some usage my Ubuntu 18 guest VM hangs.


    In the guest I receive the following errors in the syslog multiple times:


    May 19 17:11:57 ubuntu kernel: [ 7700.935992] [drm:vmw_cmdbuf_work_func [vmwgfx]] *ERROR* Command "SVGA_3D_CMD_DX_DESTROY_SHADERRESOURCE_VIEW" causing device error.

    May 19 17:11:57 ubuntu kernel: [ 7700.935996] [drm:vmw_cmdbuf_work_func [vmwgfx]] *ERROR* Command buffer offset is 0

    May 19 17:11:57 ubuntu kernel: [ 7700.936000] [drm:vmw_cmdbuf_work_func [vmwgfx]] *ERROR* Command size is 12



    I'm currently using VMware Workstation 12 Player on Windows 7 Pro. The graphics drivers on my host are up to date as far as I know.

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    I have problem with the Player since I installed the kernel 4.15 on my host.

    Host: Notebook Samsung RV511, Fedora 28 x64 (earlier 27), kernel 4.15, 4.16, 4.17

    Player: VMware-Player-14.1.1-7528167.x86_64.bundle

    Guest: Fedora 27 , Windows 7


    When I start the guest, I can work well only few minutes.

    Then the guest hangs for about 10-20 seconds, then the guest become responsive only for 1-5 seconds and again freezes

    An again, and again….

    It is well visible when I try to move a window with a mouse – window is moving only inch or two and then the guest freezes.

    This started after I installed kernel 4.15 in January 2018 on my host.

    Now, on kernel 4.17 the error still exists.

    I have to use old kernel 4.14.18 no my host – the guest works perfectly for that kernel.

    The problem also exists on a Debian host with kernel 4.15, and Linux and Windows guests.

    Anybody can help?

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    I have a wireless adapter and an Ethernet PowerLine to connect to my internet.


    Can I use Ethernet on the Host but connect to the Internet in the VM using the wireless adapter?

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    I have one problem with vmplayer.

    Issue is I installed vmplayer on my windows 10 machine in that installed centos vm so I am able to ping and gate way of that vm. But unable to ping my local machine to vm and vm to local machine wise-versa, and unable to take putty alsoo pleasee hlp mee

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    I'm trying to convert a growable virtual disk into a preallocated one. While it seems that this should be doable using vmware-vdiskmanager, it seems this tool didn't get installed on my system.

    Using Ubuntu 16.04, and installed VMWare-Player 14.1.2 with WMWare-VIX 1.17.0 (from here). Any help would be appreciated.

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    VMWare Player version 14.1.2 is unable to install the VMWare tools in the Windows 8.1 VM instance on an openSuse Leap 15 host. It just says it is unable to install the update to the guest tools into the system after entering the root password and clicking to proceed. The guest OS comes up but I have no idea how stable it might be with mismatched tools in the guest OS.

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    I have a problem with VM Tool in macOS. The application installs without problems, but it can not be enabled. How can I delete all the data so I can do a clean installation?

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    Ever since I upgraded to the latest version of VMWare Workstation, I have to select "suspend" twice to pause my virtual machine (Windows Server 2008).


    I've also noticed after clicking suspend the first time, the IP of my virtual machine changes.  This is a real pain as I have to reboot the virtual machine to get the IP correct again.


    Anyone experienced this issue?


    Thanks in advance,



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    I am a new to VMware and I have install metasploit and Kali Linux, I want to use that both at a time just like we use tab in chrome but I don't know how to do that ?

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  • 05/30/18--05:07: Then how this works?
  • I have attached an image of a person using 2 software At a how it is possible?


    moderator edit: continues from How to toggle between two software in vmware?

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    The "Stereo Mix" workaround worked great on my Linux Mint 18.3 guest until I upgraded Windows 10 64 Pro to the spring creator 1803 update.  After that upgrade, I get an unspecified error message that is not resolved with the "Stereo Mix" enabled.  I've gone to my motherboard vendor's site (ASUS) and downloaded and installed the latest Realtek audio updates, to no avail.  Also deleted all audio drivers and reinstalled the latest Realtek drivers.  The funny thing is that a Windows 10 guest audio works great !!  Even without "Stereo Mix" enabled.


    With the Linux guest, if I don't enable the "Stereo Mix" in the Windows 10 host, I get the usual "out of range" message from VM Ware Player.  However, when enabling "Stereo Mix" instead of the problem going away, I get a message that states an "unspecified" error has occurred.


    It appears to me that the Realtek driver installation is not "taking" for some reason, and that Windows is installing the generic HDAUDIO driver.  It may be that the Realtek driver package from Asus (Maximus IX MB) needs to be updated to work with Windows 10 v 1803 ??  I submitted a ticket to Asus but they don't really understand the problem.


    Anyone else have thoughts as to what may have happened?


    Thanks in advance...

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    I have:

    • Windows 10 Pro host (1803, build 17134.48)
    • Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (first gen) over USB (2ch, 16 bit, 96 kHz)
    • VMWare Workstation 14 Player (14.1.2 build-8497320)
    • A Ubuntu Studio 16.04 64-bit guest

    With this configuration, VMWare is unable to produce any audio. It gives me "The default sound device cannot be opened: Undefined external error. Sound will be disconnected."


    I have no idea what to do in order to get sound to work. Removing the Scarlett from the chain is not an option.

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  • 06/04/18--13:04: Create a shared disk
  • I remember that many years ago, while using VMware Workstation 5 or something like, there was a way to create a disk to be shared between 2 VMs in order to play a simple cluster.

    I remember that I had to edit something in the configuration files (maybe .vmx files) but I lose the ponter to the page describing the solution.

    Is it still possible with WMware Player 14?

    I know it is a solution only for testing purposes, but years ago it worket fine...



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