VMware and Virtual PC images continued

A few days ago I wrote about VMware and the Virtual PC images. I said that it’s not a problem that you don’t have the Windows CD, and that you just had to press cancel when requested.

This was only true for the IE6 image. The IE7 image needs the CD. Without it, it won’t work properly. Now after I used it for IE7, I thought, well lets do that with the IE6 image as well so all is installed properly. How stupid can I be…. With the IE6 image when the mouse driver is installed, it’s no longer working properly!

But, I did another re-install from the converted images while I was writing this post, and guess what: if you wait long enough after the first boot, windows will request a restart even though there is an software install box waiting for you. If you just ignore the software install box, and restart the system, the problem with the mouse is gone.

Oh, another thing. The fix that is needed to be able to compile the kernel module can be applied before you install VMware. I used the following steps for my second install of VMware (using my version didn’t work since I’m on X86_64 and my colleague is on i386).

tar xzvf VMware-player-2.0.3-80004.i386.tar.gz
cd vmware-player-distrib/lib/modules/source
chmod u+w vmmon.tar
tar xvf vmmon.tar
vi vmmon-only/include/vcpuset.h
change line 74 from: #include "asm/bitops.h" to: #include "linux/bitops.h"
tar uvf vmmon.tar vmmon-only/include/vcpuset.h
rm -r vmmon-only
cd ../../../
sudo ./vmware-install.pl

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