Install VMware Player 5.0 in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

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!

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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?

  3. 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 !?

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