VMWare 3 port on FreeBSD 7 STABLE

H Raghav hraghav.devel at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 23:56:16 UTC 2008


I am trying to run VMware 3 port from /usr/ports/emulators/vmware3 on
FreeBSD 7.0 STABLE. I did a make install from the /usr/ports as root
and the build and install went fine. It installed Linux Base FC4 and
then installed VMWare 3.

However, whenever I try to startup vmware, I get an error that
/dev/vmmon cannot be found. The error is:

Could not open /dev/vmmon: No such file or directory.
Please make sure that the kernel module `vmmon' is loaded.

Failed to initialize monitor device.

Linprocfs is mounted on /compat/linux/proc. I also ran the
/usr/local/rc.d/vmware.sh start and it reported that all modules are
already loaded.

kldstat reveals that vmmon_smp.ko is indeed loaded.

Based on some research, I found this issue reported in FreeBSD 5.4; I
believe the same is at work here. I am running on a DELL SMP hardware
(DELL Precision 530 Workstation).


Any way to fix this issue in FreeBSD 7? Is it due to the SMP hardware?
Can I make VMWare belive that it is running on Uniprocessor hardware?

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