Unable to run VMware

Briefly describe your issue below:
Unable to run VMware

after installing the VMware-Player-14.0.0-6661328.x86_64.bundle as per instructions, the app shows in the system Tools Menu. However when I attempt to run the application:

  • I get the VMware Kernel Module Updater which notes that “several modules must be compiles and loaded into the running kernel”
  • When “Install” is selected, password is then required and entered.
  • The module updater starts, then indicates a warning for “Virtual Machine Monitor”, Runs “depmod” ok, then errors at starting “VMWare Services”
  • Then I get a pop-up showing “Unable to Start Services”

What version of Parrot are you running? (include version, edition, and architecture)
Linux parrot 4.17.0-parrot17-amd64 #1 SMP Parrot 4.17.17-1parrot17 (2018-08-27) x86_64 GNU/Linux
What method did you use to install Parrot? (Debian Standard / Debian GTK / parrot-experimental)
initially installed Parrot 4.1 Home, then ran update && upgrade, then added the security_full pkg.
Configured to multiboot with other systems? (yes / no)
yes with with Win8.1

If there are any error messages or relevant logs, post them below:

Following is the contents of the referenced vmware-8875.log

.encoding = “UTF-8”
initscriptdir = “/etc/init.d”
authd.fullpath = “/usr/sbin/vmware-authd”
gksu.rootMethod = “sudo”
libdir = “/usr/lib/vmware”
bindir = “/usr/bin”
installerDefaults.componentDownloadEnabled = “yes”
installerDefaults.autoSoftwareUpdateEnabled.epoch = “3025848325”
vix.config.version = “1”
player.product.version = “14.0.0”
installerDefaults.dataCollectionEnabled.epoch = “5383838826”
installerDefaults.dataCollectionEnabled = “no”
installerDefaults.transferVersion = “1”
installerDefaults.autoSoftwareUpdateEnabled = “yes”
product.buildNumber = “6661328”


I dont understand because i have same problem in the past on the 2 first intsall but when i reinstall it on my new laptop thats disappear i have ParrotOS security 4.17.17 like yours, try to reinstall make an apt update && apt full-upgrade and when completly finish retry it. But my problem was with VMWare Workstation not th player!

anyone got any fix ideas?

or perhaps a better option to run virtual servers for my labs using ParrotOS as my host?

there is no answer, i search a lot and never find, only a reinstall with an apt update && apt full-upgrade make the job done.

Try this version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sifbd26Wxk4 but before sudo /usr/bin/vmware-installer -u vmware-player and rm -rf all file/directory of vmware

if you just use the vmware player, you can install virtualbox for free too