Vmware player

Christian Schoepplein chris at schoeppi.net
Sun Jul 30 21:09:27 UTC 2006

Hi Christian

On Sat, Jul 29, 2006 at 06:06:16PM +0200, Christian wrote:
>I am trying to run Vmplayer under my Debian and I am running into a 
>problem when launching it. I installed it as root and I have the 
>graphical logon screen enabled so I have to press Ctrl-Alt-F1 in order 
>to get a text console.
>Then I login as root or whatever user change in to the directory where 
>my .vmx file is and type:
>xinit /usr/bin/vmplayer -X Winxp.vmx

this command only will work if you are not allreade in grafical mode.

>But it complains that the display is alredy set to 0 and if the server 
>is not running anymore i have to delete the lock file. I have tried it, 
>but with no luck. So, any ideas?

Change your system to start into the text based envirornment per 

1. Open the file /etc/inittab
2. Search for a line that should look something like this:


3. Change it to:


No the system starts runleven per default.

Try to execute the command from above to activate vmplayer. Does this 
work? Also it should still be possible to start the grafical frontend.



Christian Schoepplein <chris at schoeppi.net>
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