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Posted by sprint955 
Vmware tools
February 16, 2010 11:44AM
Hello

Can anyone explain me how to install the vmware tools that i downloaded with the recent vmware player, i tried to run the unpacked file , and tried to install the "vmware-install-pl" but nothing happens.
Also run as administrator but also nothing .
Elive is the latest rc
In the terminal maybe ? but how.
The reason is that i would try to install this on someone laptop, but Elive just does not give any sound on the machine
Asus n90.
So i would try to run it trough vmware player, but getting it fullscreen is the only problem that is left.

thanks already

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Re: Vmware tools
February 16, 2010 02:42PM
sprint955 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Hello
>
> Can anyone explain me how to install the vmware
> tools that i downloaded with the recent vmware
> player, i tried to run the unpacked file , and
> tried to install the "vmware-install-pl" but
> nothing happens.
> Also run as administrator but also nothing .
> Elive is the latest rc
> In the terminal maybe ? but how.
> The reason is that i would try to install this on
> someone laptop, but Elive just does not give any
> sound on the machine
> Asus n90.
> So i would try to run it trough vmware player, but
> getting it fullscreen is the only problem that is
> left.
>
> thanks already
>
> Sprint

Hi when you say VMWare tools are you talking about the plugin that allows you to do things like merge VMWare with the linux desktop and switch between the host and guest without having to close VMWare? I can't remember what vmware tools is. If it is that plugin, then you installing in the guest OS not on the Host. So you run VMWare run your guest OS say OSX for example, install vmware tools and reboot the OSX you installed in VMWare.

It should have nothing to do with the Linux install.

hope that helps.
Re: Vmware tools
February 16, 2010 04:10PM
Hello,
Thanks for the fast reply,
Well Win7 is the host OS, here is the Vmware player installed, en in this vmware player i am running Elive in as guest.
Now during the installation of Elive in this VM , it asked to install the VM tools (i gues these are the drivers to make the guest work correctly in the VM host )
Now it is downloaded as a Tar.gz i believe , so i unpacked this on the desktop (it is not visible there, buy in the file manager it is) and i try to run the install command in this unpacked file the "install vmware pl" but this i should do in a terminal i gues.
And that is where i run out of knowledge, to get from the terminal to that file and run it, so the guest Elive can run full screen.

I did this before with another Linux os, Mint 8 and this went fine, but there i could install fake root and from this i could run the install command directly.

So if someone could tell me the way to run this in a terminal , i would be very pleased !

Grts

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Re: Vmware tools
February 16, 2010 08:36PM
I had a similar issue and was never able to install the VMWare tools. But that was a little over a year ago, when I was using Windows XP as the primary OS. I run now Elive as my primary OS, and I use [www.virtualbox.org] with Windows XP and Windows 7 on two different virtual machines, for testing purposes, and for Outlook as my company uses Exchange.

I think you will have better luck with VirtualBox as it does not need any special tools to get the guest OS running in any resolution your video card allows.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/16/2010 08:37PM by nene.
Re: Vmware tools
February 16, 2010 10:59PM
Hello,
@nene, that was my first intention, but sinds the laptop is very young and i could not get the sound working , i presumed it was the kernel that did not support the audio device, and so i gave up on this, other distro's with the 2.6.31 kernel did play the sound but they where all unstable at some point.

grts
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Re: Vmware tools
February 17, 2010 05:32PM
I agree with nene VirtualBox is a safer bet for running linux. I found it slower than VMware but its more user friendly and not just because of the additional stuff you need to install but also because for whatever reason you need to patch VMWare to get it to work on Linux Kernel 2.6.30 and above. To be honest though I've never run VMware with Windows as the host.

I use VMWare for running windows as a guest simply because it was the first program I heard of and already had a windows install setup when I found out about Virtualbox and ath the time VirtualBox didn't do 3D graphics well. I mainly use windows for games I can't get to work on Linux and for watching TV (DVB-S/T) because the processes of installing the drivers in Linux is too complicated and there isn't a good viewer on Linux and I find MythTV too complicated and just annoying. But that said I may change once I get the chance to look at the new VirtualBox release if there is one.

As for the sound, which version of elive are you installing?
You may need to install the alsa sound drivers and add a few lines to the alsa config file to get it to work. I think I posted as script and instructions on how to do this on this site. I had the same sound problem with my Acer 8930g laptop but version 1.9.60 should work.

The VMware tools thing will not make the sound work. The issue you have with the sound is just a Linux thing. Just like Windows isn't alway backwards compatible with your old hardware Linux isn't alway forward compatible with new hardware.
Re: Vmware tools
February 17, 2010 09:40PM
Hello,
For watching TV on this desktop i use Tvtime, but not as an receiver directly, i have a digibox from the tv company next to the PC , and this is connected by a S-video cable to the grahpic card, the sound goes in the input connector, channel switching is done on the digibox, it works great!

For the configuration of the alsa driver i have tried this, i got the directions from someone on this site here, but after configuration and reboot , it recognised the sound device correctly but no sound...
Aslo i tried to upgrade the kernel trough nurse mode, but this gave a black screen after reboot, xorg-config was gone i believe.
And not knowing how to get this back in the terminal, a was left with a reinstall.
I a using the latest Elive i think the 1.9.60.
I think i will wait for the stable version for now, or if someone could give me the line i have to write in a terminal to get the Vmware tools to work...

Thanks


Grts
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Re: Vmware tools
March 11, 2011 05:39AM
If your host is windows, I'll walk you through the steps needed and give you some Linux commands to run from a terminal, I'll try and explain what I'm doing as the Linux command line is powerful (and some people think "fun"wink, most things can be done from the GUI but I consider CLI gives you a better understanding of what you are doing. Log in as root, and heed the eLive warning, this gives you access to all the machine. Generally, I would not run CLI code from a forum unless it is well moderated, you know what you are doing and the poster is "known" to the forum. (there are some silly people out there)


First off open a terminal and check which kernel you are running

uname -r

this should return something like "linux 2.6.xx-elive-686"

(where xx is the version number and you'll use it later so write it down) Open the synaptic package manager from administration menu and make sure the following are installed (the check box will be filled green if so, if not then check the box, select [mark for install] and then [apply] from the menu

make
gcc
build-essentials
linux-headers-2.6.xx-elive-686

(gcc is the compiler, build essentials are useful libraries, linux-headers are libraries of functions specific to the kernal you are running, make allows you to create/add linux kernals, and I think should be part of the distro, the others probably not.)

When this is done download vmware tools from the VMPlayer menu, this connects a virtual CD rom and you can copy the tar file to your elive filesystem. (I prefer /tmp/ but it is not important, if you want to use desktop you can, just replace /tmp/ with the path you choose) then untar the file with the command, using the name of the file you copied over.

tar zxpf /tmp/VMwareTools-5.0.0-<xxxx>.tar.gz

tar is an archive/compression utility and this should have created a vmtools distribution directory which you need to change to, the zxpf are the options to extract and overwite into the directory structure is was created from. (cd is the change directory command)

cd vmware-tools-distrib

then run the installer

./vmware-install.pl

and accept all the defaults by pressing <return>, when prompted, including running the configuration and that should do it.

I'm running elive in VMPlayer hosted on Linux for evaluation purposes and it works very well with 512MB and 4 cpu's, guess I could do it with less of each.
Re: Vmware tools
April 27, 2011 08:57PM
thanks already.
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