Updated my system, now VMWare can't update its kernel modules

Ask Ubuntu Asked by Will Matheson on January 6, 2022

After updating my system (with whatever was in the 18.04 repositories in recent weeks), VMWare can’t update it’s kernel modules. I hit Install on the VMWare Kernel Module Updater and it says it’s trying to do "vmmon" and "vmnet". But it fails, saying "Unable to install all modules. See log /tmp/vmware-myhostname/vmware-1711.log for details. (Exit code 1)"

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I downloaded and installed the latest VMWare Player from VMWare and now everything works. I had been running 15.5.1, now I am on 15.5.6. You get a .bundle file - I just chmod +x reallylongfilename it and sudo ./reallylongfilename and Bob's your uncle.

If updating VMWare Player isn't an option, you might wish to look at this thread:

Somebody is running a repo that has patches needed to build host modules against recent kernels: (this is mentioned a few times in that thread).

But the simplest thing is just to go to the latest VMWare Player and see if that works - it did for me.

Answered by Will Matheson on January 6, 2022

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