Install VMware Player 5.0 in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) 9


VMware Player 5.0 has been released and this brief tutorial is going to show you how to install it in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin).

This release brought many changes, including a fix to this annoying error that was found in earlier versions. "Unable to start services. See log file /tmp/vmware-root/mdconfig-23331.log for details"

If you have been following our tutorials installing VMware Player, you’ll notice that we used a work-around to resolve the bug above. Now you won’t have to apply that patch. Just download VMware Player 5.0 package and install.

Objectives:

  • Install VMware Player 5.0 in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
  • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to install these packages.

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

 

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After that go and download VMware Player package from this site. You must be logged-in in order to download it. If you don’t have an account, register first and go download the packages.

 

After downloading the package, change to your download folder (cd ~/Downloads) and run this command to make the file executable.

chmod +x VMware-Player-5.0.0-812388.i386.bundle

 

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Finally, run the commands below to install VMware Player.

sudo ./VMware-Player-5.0.0-812388.i386.bundle

 

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Follow the wizard until you finish installing. After installing, go to Dash and search for VMware Player.

 

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Enjoy!


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9 thoughts on “Install VMware Player 5.0 in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

  • es

    Thanks! To the point, taking us straight to the solution. This was definitely the easiest VMWare Player install I’ve ever done on Linux — thanks again for sharing!

  • Isaac

    I am currently using Ubuntu 13.04 which is seem to have some problems starting the wizard.
    I get the following:

    Terminal:
    isaac@isaac-Studio-XPS-8100:~/Downloads$ sudo ./VMware-Player-5.0.2-1031769.x86_64.bundle
    Extracting VMware Installer…done.

    [######################################################################] 100%
    The system is up to date. Nothing has been modified.
    isaac@isaac-Studio-XPS-8100:~/Downloads$

    It will not start the GUI for the wizard to complete the install and I don’t see on my dash.
    So, do this also work for Ubuntu 13.04 or do I need to check something else?

  • Pekka Nikula

    Hi,

    I should install VMware Player 5.0 to my Ubuntu 12.04 OS, but I think I need to have the password to open my terminal ?
    I think I have all other needed data and I stuck to that password request on Ubuntu terminal.
    Or should I use your earlier release ?

    Can you help me ?

    -pekka

    p.s. I have VMware Player in Windows 7 with virtual XP OS to play the Player.
    But the combination with my HW is deadly slow !?