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USB support in VMware Workstation 5 and OpenSUSE

Another one courtesy of Chris, but this one is not tested…but should work.

If you would like USB support for VM Workstation 5 on OpenSUSE follow the directions below. If it works/does not work, please make note in the comments section, so I can correct this problem.

  • Mount the USB file system with parameter auto with this line in fstab:
    usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs auto 0 0
  • Each Guest O/S has its virtual configuration storage, including the virtual hardware config file with extension .vmx. Ensure that .vmx file contains this line:
    usb.present = “TRUE”
  • After installing VMware Tools: GoTo the the top menu –> VM –> Settings –> Hardware: Make sure that USB Controller is listed as Present and if not then Click to Add –> USB Controller.
  • Now you can view and install your USB devices/drivers at Menu –> VM –> Removable Devices –> USB Devices –> select to install.

12/02/2008 Posted by | how-to, Linux, opensuse, VMware | | Leave a comment

VMware Workstation 5 and OpenSUSE 10.3

A huge thank you to Chris for this one.

I received an email from Chris the other day because our group was having a hell of a time trying to install VMware Workstation 5 on our OpenSUSE 10.3 machines. Well, he worked it out. Now, you have to search for the newest any-any patch for VMware, I am using 116, and Chris is using 115, for this to work. Here are the steps…hope this helps…

Installing VMWorkstation 5.0 from source in OpenSUSE 10.3

  1. Using YAST, ensure that kernel-source, gcc, and make are installed

  2. Open a terminal

  3. run “su -”

  4. run “rpm -qa kernel* gcc* make”

  5. Ensure that all versioning information corresponds exactly (eg. kernel, gcc)

  6. run “cd /usr/src/linux”

  7. run “make mrproper; make cloneconfig; make modules_prepare”

  8. Install application by running “./”

  9. Use default answers except for the one regarding


  11. Install any-any file by running “./”


  13. run “cd /usr/src/linux/include”

  14. Determine the ASM directory that corresponds to your version (eg. asm-i386)

  15. run “ln -s /asm/i386 /asm”

  16. In line above note where the spaces are…..
  17. Now run “”

  18. I used the default answers to all of the rest of the questions. The only problem that I’ve had so far is that under Preferences, I can’t set updates to “Never”. It just silently crashes.

  19. Remember, if your kernel ever does an update, VMware will quit working. You will probably have to go back to /usr/src/linux/include and rerun the ln -s command again. Then you must rerun “” Then it should fire right back up for ya.

Thanks again Chris! And Mike, next time you and I are having trouble, we’ll just let Chris find out a way to do and save our time.

10/02/2008 Posted by | how-to, Linux, opensuse, VMware | Leave a comment

VMworkstation 5.5 locks up on openSUSE 10.2 and 10.3

I have found out that my VMworkstation locks up on me about every 5 minutes and nothing works.  Not only does the virtual machine lock up, but the WHOLE computer (host and all) locks up and nothing works (i.e. the mouse, keyboard, etc).  I have done some research and found out that if I add hpet=disable to my boot options on grub that my virtual machine and physical machine do not lock up anymore.  I am using a Dell Inspiron E1705, and if you have the same problem as I did.  Try this fix, it might work.

Happy New Year!

01/01/2008 Posted by | opensuse, VMware | | Leave a comment

VMware and the .vmx file (revisited)

I am fairly new to VM and their applications, but I having a growing love for them each and every day. I recently created a virtual machine with VMware Workstation 5.5 and wanted to move this virtual machine to another physical machine. I installed VMplayer (free appliance) on the other physical machine. Using WinSCP, I copied the folder created by Workstation to the physical machine and opened the .vmx file with VMplayer. The virtual machine opened and worked on the physical machine.

After installation of VMplayer

Opening .vmx file on VMplayer


VMplayer then asks how you received the .vmx file, I chose that I copied it.

16/12/2007 Posted by | VMware | Leave a comment

VMware and the .vmx file

So, I’m doing an experiment for myself which includes creating a virtual machine on VMware Workstation 5.5 and transferring the .vmx file to another computer running VMplayer. I’m not real sure this is going to work, but if it does then I will be able to report later.

14/12/2007 Posted by | VMware | Leave a comment