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[attachment=39795:Mac_OS_X...re_Tools.rar] Hi all

First of all, I hope I'm not breaking any copyright laws with this topic ...

I attach with this message the official vmware tools for Mac Os X.
I search it from a couple of days (I'm a noob in "hackintoshing") and didn't find it on this site or on google.
So I install VMware fusion 2.0 and copy these files.

You have to extract the 2 files from the archive and rename them with the name of your guest : if you choose "freebsd 32 bits" in your VMware server, you have to rename them freebsd.iso and freebsd.iso.sig (same thing if you put in the configuration file "darwin", rename them darwin.iso and darwin.iso.sig".

Then, go in your administration console (or web, in the vmware server 2.0 version) and click on VMware tools > Install.
you'll have a cdrom symbol on the Mac Os X finder (don't forget to mount a cd/dvd drive in vmware !).
Unfortunately, in my computer (Windows XP SP2, 2Go Ram), I didn't see improvment : the mouse is still reacting with latency. Snif ...
Maybe due to the lack of a real video driver.

Here is the link : VMWare Tools Mac Os X

Maybe will you be luckier ...

Bye

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Hi all

First of all, I hope I'm not breaking any copyright laws with this topic ...

I attach with this message the official vmware tools for Mac Os X.
I search it from a couple of days (I'm a noob in "hackintoshing") and didn't find it on this site or on google.
So I install VMware fusion 2.0 and copy these files.

You have to extract the 2 files from the archive and rename them with the name of your guest : if you choose "freebsd 32 bits" in your VMware server, you have to rename them freebsd.iso and freebsd.iso.sig (same thing if you put in the configuration file "darwin", rename them darwin.iso and darwin.iso.sig".

Then, go in your administration console (or web, in the vmware server 2.0 version) and click on VMware tools > Install.
you'll have a cdrom symbol on the Mac Os X finder (don't forget to mount a cd/dvd drive in vmware !).
Unfortunately, in my computer (Windows XP SP2, 2Go Ram), I didn't see improvment : the mouse is still reacting with latency. Snif ...
Maybe due to the lack of a real video driver.

Maybe will you be luckier ...

Bye


Plenty of topics on this, and I am pretty cretin shouldn't re-distribute. I did and I know the team at VMware and was told only the Linux tools are redistributable. Suggest you delete the attachment.

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Ok I changed the attachment by a link (not a big difference, but this board is no more the source)

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(...) I am pretty cretin (...)

Don't be too hard on yourself... :)

j/k, sorry, couldn't resist :)

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Thanks for this. I mounted the iso file as a CD drive and was able to run the installer. At the end it restarts your VM, and when it comes back up, there is what looks like a broken icon to Shared Folders on the desktop, but no other sign that it actually installed anything. I searched using Spotlight for "vmware" and nothing shows up (aside from the mounted CD). Am I missing something here? Should there be a new entry in the System Preferences, or an app in the Applications folder that lets me change the settings, like in the VMWare Tools on Windows?

I am able to install and run the VMacTools app from GnuBeard (old school), but they're not as convenient or up to date as the VMWare Tools themselves would be.

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Thanks for this. I mounted the iso file as a CD drive and was able to run the installer. At the end it restarts your VM, and when it comes back up, there is what looks like a broken icon to Shared Folders on the desktop, but no other sign that it actually installed anything. I searched using Spotlight for "vmware" and nothing shows up (aside from the mounted CD). Am I missing something here? Should there be a new entry in the System Preferences, or an app in the Applications folder that lets me change the settings, like in the VMWare Tools on Windows?

I am able to install and run the VMacTools app from GnuBeard (old school), but they're not as convenient or up to date as the VMWare Tools themselves would be.

Two things do not work except on VMware Fusion:

1. Shared Folders unless you use root from a terminal
2. Video driver for auto resizing of screens

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Are there additional utilities that do get installed? Is there any UI for the settings? I didn't notice any different but perhaps I'm just missing something.

As an aside - has anyone got Keynote working succesfully under VMWare? I'm able to install it, but when I go to launch it, the menu comes up and says "Keynote" but it seems to hang at that point. I get the rotating beachball and eventually I just have to force quit it. Pages and Numbers don't seem to hang, but their UI don't really seem to display correctly either. I'm running 10.5.5 on VMWare Workstation 6.5.

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These tools are installed in Libray > Application Support > VMware Tools

But as mentionned by others users, no differences are visible .... weird

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As an aside - has anyone got Keynote working succesfully under VMWare? I'm able to install it, but when I go to launch it, the menu comes up and says "Keynote" but it seems to hang at that point. I get the rotating beachball and eventually I just have to force quit it. Pages and Numbers don't seem to hang, but their UI don't really seem to display correctly either. I'm running 10.5.5 on VMWare Workstation 6.5.


Just to follow up on my previous post, I did manage to get Keynote working after doing some poking around, by editing the Defaults.plist file inside the app so that it doesn't require QE/CI. But I can't get the presentation mode / play mode to work. I complains about not having enough VRAM. That's something we can't get around without having proper video drivers, right? Even in VMWare 6.5?

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Just to follow up on my previous post, I did manage to get Keynote working after doing some poking around, by editing the Defaults.plist file inside the app so that it doesn't require QE/CI. But I can't get the presentation mode / play mode to work. I complains about not having enough VRAM. That's something we can't get around without having proper video drivers, right? Even in VMWare 6.5?


You can add this to VMX file:

svga.vramSize = 67108864

Think max is either 128MB or 256MB.

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You can add this to VMX file:

svga.vramSize = 67108864

Think max is either 128MB or 256MB.


Thanks Donk. I tried this, and OSX reports I have 128 mb of video ram now. But when I try the presentation mode in Keynote it gives me the same error: "Your computer may not have enough video random-access memory (VRAM) to play the slideshow at the current screen resolution." I then tried running at 1024x768 but still no dice.

Any other workarounds that are known?

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Do not work with VMworkstation 7 > iAtkos v7 ... after install freeze at Darwin ...

Good Luck..

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nice necroposting. lock this thread now

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So, does this make it any faster? The video and the overall? I am trying this in VMWare Wkst. 7 with iATKOS v5i.

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@jeremyclark: Here's how I finally got VMware Tools to install:

1. Resolve the kernel panic problem (set smc.present = "FALSE" in the .vmx file). You'll know this is resolved because OSX will shutdown to the VMware workstation GUI rather than displaying a screen asking you to hold down the power button. I believe this is the main requirement to get the tools to install correctly.

2. Run the tools uninstaller.

3. Copy the tools installer to the desktop.

4. Eject the DMG

5. Re-attach the bootstrapper DMG (if you're using the SNOW bootloader)

6. Run the tools installer. It appears to hang at the end (scripts), but let it finish.

7. When you see the success screen, shutdown the computer. (I originally selected restart, but the you get an error message that it can't find the OS. If you restart again after that it boots fine. I'm guessing this is likely due to the bootloader not loading properly during a restart).

8. When OSX comes back up, resize the VMware workstation GUI.

Prior to VMware Tools install: The OSX resolution would not change (you'd see black bars around its desktop).
After successful VMware Tools install: The OSX desktop fills the entire screen.

Other than that, I don't know how to verify a successful install. Hope this helps anyone wrangling with this in the future.


@tigroutigrefou: Even after the successful installation of VMware Tools, there was no change to Libray > Application Support > VMware Tools or the Applications folder.

@saivert: Posting even years afterwards can be helpful to those who are encountering this problem yet don't find that the original posts resolved the problem.





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