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VMware Player 4.0.1 Release Notes

VMware Player 4.0.1 | 11 17 2011 | Build 528992

Last updated: 17 NOV 2011

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These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

VMware Player 4.0.1 is a free update for all VMware Player 4 users. Highlights of VMware Player 4.0.1 functionality include:

  • Graphics performance and compatibility enhancements.
  • Ubuntu 11.10 is officially supported as a guest operating system.
  • Disk and memory management issues have been addressed.
  • Many customer-reported issues have been resolved.

Prior Releases of VMware Player

Known issues from prior releases of VMware Player are described in the release notes for each release. To view release notes for the prior release of VMware Player, see VMware Player 4.

Resolved Issues

The following issues are resolved in VMware Player 4.0.1.

  • Windows 7 guest installation failed after powering on the virtual machine with the error A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.
  • VMware Tools failed with the message VMware Tools unrecoverable error.
  • VMware Tools failed to start in Fedora 15 guests.
  • An Ubuntu 11.10 guest crashed with a signal 11 error if you installed or upgraded VMware Tools.
  • On hosts with Nvidia GeForce and Quadro video cards, some of the clouds in the Unigine Heaven Benchmark application were drawn solid black.
  • Easy Install did not properly function on Ubuntu 11.10.
  • CD/DVD mount Linux.iso failed while installing VMware Tools in Ubuntu 11.10 guests.
  • The AltGr key was not working in an Ubuntu guest in Unity mode when the host and guest keyboards were both set to a layout that contained the AltGr key.

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Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows:

VMware Tools Issues

  • If you created a Windows Vista virtual machine in the Workstation 2011 Beta and try to update VMware Tools (VM > Update VMware Tools) in the virtual machine after upgrading to Workstation 8.0 or Player 4.0, the warning message "vmware-update-agent.exe has stopped working" appears. However, VMware Tools can still be upgraded successfully.
    Workaround: To prevent the warning message from occurring, remove VMware Update Agent from the Windows Vista Programs and Features list.

Display and Input Issues

  • On a Fedora 15 host, powering on a virtual machine that has DirectX 9 accelerated graphics enabled might fail with the error "Unable to change virtual machine power state: Cannot find a valid peer process to connect to."
    Workaround: Deselect the Accelerate 3D graphics setting (VM > Settings > Hardware > Display) to disable DirectX 9 accelerated graphics in the virtual machine.
  • When you enter Unity mode in an Ubuntu 11.04 guest, application menus do not appear for applications that were opened before entering Unity mode. Application menus do appear for applications that are opened from the Unity launch menu after entering Unity mode.
    Workaround: Disable the APPMENU (Global menu) in the Ubuntu 11.04 guest. See the Ubuntu documentation for more information.

Device Issues

  • On Windows hosts, Player crashes if you click Connect or Disconnect in the Removable Devices menu before the console appears.

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