Problems with VMWare

I have just installed Suse 11.0 64bit edition. I am currently trying to configure vmware player to work on my system. While trying to set this up I get an error that says my header files which are 2.6.25-8.1 don’t match my running kernel which is I can’t find the headers to match my kernel. Where can i find the correct headers or an upgraded kernel. i can’t find anything on the opensuse repositories. if you need anymore information just let me know.

This looks like a mismatch between the running kernel and the source of the kernel. This is a “shouldn’t happen” error.

You can give the following commands in a console:

sudo zypper refresh
sudo zypper verify

The first command downloads the status of your repositories
The second checks the integrity of the dependencies. Your issue seems a dependency error.

If that doesn’t do anything, check the version of the installed kernel RPMS:

rpm -q kernel-default kernel-source

If they match and your problem persists, then I would do a re-install of the kernel-source package.


Although I am not 100% certain this is what you are doing, but it sounds as if you are compiling VMware from source.

I have encountered this before, especially when having upgraded to a new kernel. There is a patch you can download that usually resolves this problem.

It has the necessary instructions in the README file.

If you’d like to do a little reading about it you can check this (older) post over on VMware’s communities:

VMware Communities: VMware-any-to-any-up …

Hope that will assist you some…


well I ran the dependencies check and all is ok. but when i checked the When i ran the command rpm -q kernel-default kernel-source i got kernel-default - and that the source is not installed. i am installing the source that is on the opensuse repository but i am not sure it is the right version either.

I just got done installing the source and my kernel is way out of date. what is the easiest way to upgrade my kernel. i don’t see the most up to date kernel in the default repositories.