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  1. #1
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    Sound in VMWare

    VMWare doesn't play nice in regard to sound. When I run a VM, I have to have no other sounds playing in order for a guest OS to make noise - it seems to want exclusive control over the sound system.

    Anyone else experienced this? It's not a huge deal but it would be nice if it worked.

  2. #2
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    Re: Sound in VMWare

    Are you using VMware player or server? After a bit of search through posts, there is a sound workaround for the server and workstation edition. For some reason, it doesn't work with the standalone player version.

    Here is a copy and paste of what others have written. (search the forums if you want more details).

    For vmware server or workstation only!

    1. Install a package called "alsa-oss" either by using Synaptic or maybe "sudo aptitude install alsa-oss"
    2. sudo chmod +s /usr/lib/libaoss.so.*
    3. cd /usr/lib/vmware/bin
    4. sudo mv vmware-vmx vmware-vmx.real
    5. sudo vim vware-vmx
    (then copy and paste the following into the file)

    #!/bin/bash
    LD_PRELOAD=libaoss.so exec /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx.real "$@"


    (save the file and exit vim)

    6. sudo chmod +x vmware-vmx

    I think that's it.
    Last edited by hungle0; November 11th, 2007 at 12:53 PM.

  3. #3
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    Re: Sound in VMWare

    So I tried this, but no dice. When I tried running vmware-vmx from the console, it said this:
    Code:
    ERROR: ld.so: object 'libaoss.so' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.
    So I'm not sure what that's about.

  4. #4
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    Re: Sound in VMWare

    Hmm... my knowledge with linux is nothing to boast about, but I will take a stab at it ...

    Please check to make sure that you did install "alsa-oss" correctly. This is another version of alsa, it is different from the one that came with Ubuntu.

    Therefore, either the script (vmware-vmx) is not finding the file or the permissions of the files are incorrect.

    Please double check that you have chmod all the necessary parts correctly. Steps #2 and #6.

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