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Using ESD or ARTS with VMware Workstation on Linux Hosts (1611)


I use VMware Workstation on a Linux host. Can Workstation be configured to support ESD or ARTS?


One reason you may want to use ESD or ARTS, is to allow VMware Workstation to share the sound hardware with the host Linux operating system. For Workstation 3.x for Linux, you can extract and run (as root) the attached mod-esddsp-ws3.gz script on your Linux host to reconfigure the vmware 3.x executable to support ESD. For Workstation 4.x and 5.x for Linux, limited sound device functionality is provided by installing the wrappers provided in the attached vmwaredsp-1.3.tgz. To install and use the wrappers:
  1. As root, extract the archive, and run ./ to install the wrappers.

  2. Start Workstation using the appropriate wrapper, depending on which sound drivers you have installed.

    • vmwarearts (ARTS support)
    • vmwareesd (ESD support)
Two limitations of the wrappers are:
  • No volume control.
  • No recording.


1611; filez; soundcard; sound; card; silence; recording; playback; relnotes; 64; bit; 64-bit; processor; AMD64; Opteron; Athlon; Intel; IA-32e; CPU


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