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    Default Kernel upgrade to 2.6.39-30-desktop breaks VMWare Workstation 7.1.4 64bit

    VMWare Workstation fails to start with the following error:

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    May 23 09:35:12.660: app-139793342387968| Building module vmmon.
    May 23 09:35:12.660: app-139793342387968| Extracting the sources of the vmmon module.
    May 23 09:35:12.681: app-139793342387968| Building module with command: /usr/bin/make -C /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only auto-build SUPPORT_SMP=1 HEADER_DIR=/lib/modules/2.6.39-30-desktop/build/include CC=/usr/bin/gcc GREP=/usr/bin/make IS_GCC_3=no VMCCVER=4.5
    May 23 09:35:14.614: app-139793342387968| Failed to compile module vmmon!
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    Default Re: Kernel upgrade to 2.6.39-30-desktop breaks VMWare Workstation 7.1.4 64bit

    Found this thread where Frank in post 7 seems to have the referenced patch working but the solution is over my head

    vmware workstation 7.1.4 fixes to use linux 2.6.39 (updated) | Weltall's blog

    Perhaps someone can understand the solution and interpret for me?

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    Default Re: Kernel upgrade to 2.6.39-30-desktop breaks VMWare Workstation7.1.4 64bit

    On 05/23/2011 06:06 PM, Ski K2 wrote:
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    > VMWare Workstation fails to start ... ???


    it is routine to have to recompile VMs, graphic drivers and other such
    drivers...they _must_ _match_ the kernel in use..

    in fact, on the first page of the Tumbleweed wiki you were warned about
    that:

    "Due to the Linux kernel being updated very frequently, users who rely
    on proprietary graphic drivers should not use the Tumbleweed repository
    unless they are familiar with updating these drivers from source on
    their own." <http://en.opensuse.org/Tumbleweed>

    so, if you don't know how to recompile on your own, now is great time to
    learn that...or back-level to openSUSE 11.4..

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    Default Re: Kernel upgrade to 2.6.39-30-desktop breaks VMWare Workstation7.1.4 64bit

    Thanks DD but that's not much help :-(

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    Default Re: Kernel upgrade to 2.6.39-30-desktop breaks VMWare Workstation7.1.4 64bit

    On 05/23/2011 07:06 PM, Ski K2 wrote:
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    > Thanks DD but that's not much help :-(


    how is it not helpful? just download the headers for your new kernel and
    recompile the VM kernel module from source..

    or back-level to the 11.4 kernel, where then you won't need to..

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    Default Re: Kernel upgrade to 2.6.39-30-desktop breaks VMWare Workstation7.1.4 64bit

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    On 05/23/2011 07:06 PM, Ski K2 wrote:
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    > Thanks DD but that's not much help :-(


    how is it not helpful? just download the headers for your new kernel and
    recompile the VM kernel module from source..

    or back-level to the 11.4 kernel, where then you won't need to..

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    Your suggestions defeats the purpose of testing Tumbleweed.

    The idea is to get widely used applications like VMWare Workstation to work with Tumbleweed :-)

    Rolling back to a previous version of the kernel doesn't do that.

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    Default Re: Kernel upgrade to 2.6.39-30-desktop breaks VMWare Workstation7.1.4 64bit

    On 05/23/2011 09:06 PM, Ski K2 wrote:
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    > Your suggestions defeats the purpose of testing Tumbleweed.
    >
    > The idea is to get widely used applications like VMWare Workstation to
    > work with Tumbleweed :-)


    no the purpose of Tumbleweed is to offer users a rolling release,
    offering the latest stable software...

    > Rolling back to a previous version of the kernel doesn't do that.


    right, so compile *OR* roll back...those are your only choices....well,
    there is one other: do neither and wait until VMWare catches up with
    openSUSE...have you asked them when that will be?

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    Default Re: Kernel upgrade to 2.6.39-30-desktop breaks VMWare Workstation7.1.4 64bit

    It's a pity VMware don't care about much (if at all) about Linux users. I suppose that's a commercial decision.
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    Default Re: Kernel upgrade to 2.6.39-30-desktop breaks VMWare Workstation7.1.4 64bit

    Quote Originally Posted by swerdna View Post
    It's a pity VMware don't care about much (if at all) about Linux users. I suppose that's a commercial decision.
    They used to be better about keeping up with Suse but since Ubuntu we've taken a back seat.

    Yes it commercial and costs good money.

    If they continue to fall behind I'll give VirtualBox another try.

    Tried VB a coupke years ago and couldn't get my USB mices working :-)

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    Default Re: Kernel upgrade to 2.6.39-30-desktop breaks VMWare Workstation7.1.4 64bit

    Quote Originally Posted by Ski_K2 View Post
    They used to be better about keeping up with Suse but since Ubuntu we've taken a back seat.

    Yes it commercial and costs good money.

    If they continue to fall behind I'll give VirtualBox another try.

    Tried VB a coupke years ago and couldn't get my USB mices working :-)
    We have depended on the Ubuntu hot shots to write patches to keep VMware working with increasing kernels, for years now, maybe three years. Those pacthes have stopped working or just got too hard, and in any case were quite a hassle to make them work in openSUSE. So 12 months ago I gave up on VMware and switched to VirtualBox. From the get go it was better than VMware ever was, in terms of it's versatility and also its GUI access, much better. BTW I have no trouble at all with USB devices, including mices. VirtualBox in Tumbleweed hasn't skipped a beat (so far).
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