VMware Player 4.0.2 Release Notes

VMware Player 4.0.2 | 01 24 2012 | Build 591240

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

VMware Player 4.0.2 is a free update for all VMware Player 4 users. Highlights of VMware Player 4.0.2 functionality include:

  • Ubuntu 11.10 is supported as a host.
  • Fedora 16 is supported as a guest.
  • 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 4.0.1 and VMware Player 4.

Resolved Issues

The following issues are resolved in VMware Player 4.0.2.

  • The ACLs on the PID files needed improvement. VMware thanks Inode0 for bringing this to our attention.
  • Releasing input from the guest to the host, for example, moving the cursor from the virtual machine window to the host screen, failed with an unrecoverable error.
  • Copying and pasting from a guest to an Ubuntu 11.10 host failed.
  • Shared folders did not work in Fedora 16 and OpenSuse 12.1 guests.
  • In Ubuntu 11.10 hosts, key repeat was disabled after ungrabbing or quitting VMware Player.
  • On a Windows host, a virtual machine configured to use a physical disk or partition failed to power on if the host had a volume backed by more than one physical disk, for example, a RAID system.

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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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