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VMware Workstation stops functioning after updating the kernel on a Linux host (1002411)

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If VMware Workstation is installed on a Linux host and the Linux kernel is updated, you may experience these symptoms:

  • The VMware Workstation user interface no longer starts
  • You see an error indicating that the VMware Workstation user interface is not working


Configuration with is required when you upgrade your host operating system kernel.

Note: It is not necessary to reinstall Workstation after you upgrade your kernel. In Workstation 6.5.x and earlier, follow the proceeding instructions. In Workstation 7 and later, a tool called vmware-modconfig runs the first time Workstation launches after the kernel is updated -- you need to enter the root password at this time.

The installer places in /usr/bin . If /usr/bin is not in your default path, run the program with this command:


To run

  1. If you have not already done so, open a terminal window and become root.

  2. Use this command to start the program:

  3. Respond to the prompts. In most cases, the default response is appropriate.

Additional Information

In Workstation 7.x and later, it is possible to re-configure without launching Workstation. Run this command, after upgrading the kernel:

vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

The --console switch tells Workstation not to launch the GUI, and the --install-all switch rebuilds and reinstalls all modules.

Update History

08/26/2010 - Updated Workstation 7.x information. 09/9/2013 - Added Workstation 10.x information.

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