Linux Guest Display Splits into Multiple Panes with Identical Content (1686)
The situation where the console display splits into three panes with the same content has been seen in Mandrake 10.0 and 10.1 guests. The situation where the guest display splits into four panes before VMware Tools is installed has been seen on SUSE LINUX 9.1 and 9.2 guests.
This problem occurs because there is an issue with the VMware SVGA driver (vmware_drv.o) that ships with your Linux guest distribution. The issue is exacerbated because the VMware Tools installer does not overwrite the version in your distribution (except in Workstation 5.5, which fixes the overwrite issue).
To work around this issue, move the existing video driver out of the way.
GSX Server 3.2 Virtual Machines
Run the VMware Tools configuration program again, passing the --overwritesvga option:
Workstation 5.5 Virtual Machines
Run the VMware Tools configuration program again:
Workstation 5.0 or GSX Server 3.1 or Earlier Virtual Machines
Issue the following commands:
cd /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/ mv vmware_drv.o vmware_drv.o.origNote: The /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers is the typical directory path for your X server's video drivers. The directory may be different for your particular distribution.
After you rename the driver file, run vmware-config-tools.pl. If VMware Tools is not installed yet, install it and run vmware-config-tools.pl as you would normally during the installation.