I run VMware Workstation 12 no problems. Don't know what installation of Sparky you are using.
I did the following -
Using the minimal installation cd I installed LXDE desktop.
Then installed VMware Workstation 12 , once installed on the first run you are told 'XYZ cannot be found' , these are easily installable using Synaptic.
I have an iso image of Sparky LXDE with VMware Workstation 12 but not sure how I could get it to you.
thanx both of ya -- seriously with this info and another post mentioning something about "INSTALLING VMWARE FIRST" -- "BEFORE" SPARKY'S 1st RUN
here is what I did -- incase it helps anybody else -- what made it work, I dont know or question it, but it works
1) Fresh install Sparky's 4.3 Multimedia -- REBOOT COMPUTER AFTER INSTALL FINISHES
2) EXIT OUT OF... DO NOT RUN --- Sparky's 1st Run will try to run upon reboot, just exit out of this, do not remove it, just exit it, so that next time your computer reboots it will run hence converting the 1st run into the 2nd run :p
3) INSTALL VMWARE PRO v12 -- VMware-Workstation-Full-12.0.0-2985596.x86_64.bundle (I previously downloaded this version from VMWARE site themselves not sure but google it if you need this older version -- your own serial should work
==== THIS IS WHERE I FROZE UP LAST TIME AND 10,000+ TIMES BEFORE -- I even rebooted computer, canceled out of the 1st run again like in step #2 to try to run, nothing would happen, it would just act like a ditzy blonde and do nothing -- only if i could get it started so i can update it
4) UPDATE IT MANUALLY -- INSTALL VMWARE OVER ITSELF!!! -- take that stuborn VMWARE!! -- LOL
VMware-Workstation-Full-12.1.1-3770994.x86_64.bundle -- ONCE AGAIN, downloaded from VMWARE site itself, I left the previous version 12.0.0 above INSTALLED, just ran this newer version 12.1.1,xxxx ontop of it, hence making my own upgrade / update
5) AFTER INSTALL, VERIFIED WORKING -- IMMEDIATLY SHUT DOWN VMWARE -- REBOOTED
6) FINALLY -- INSTALL / UPDATE / UPGRADE SPARKY'S 1st Run --- sorry sparky -- LOL
7) after all that updating -- reboot -- then try to run VMware again
IMMEDIATLY start cussing flower names outloud as VMWARE does not start, then immediatly remember what Leaphorn said about kernels, sparky's first run updated my kernel to 4.6.x
9) reboot computer -- THIS TIME USE THE 4.5 KERNEL THAT CAME WITH SPARKY'S 4.3 BEFORE UPDATING -- OBVIOUSLY YA GET THERE BY GOING INTO THE ADVANCED OPTIONS IN GRUB BOOT -- THEN CHOOSE 4.5 NORMAL -- YA DON'T NEED RECOVERY MODE, YA JUST NEED THE OLDER KERNELS
10) IMMEDIATLY OPEN EVERYTHING UP -- AND REJOICE THAT EVERYTHING IS WORKING
ok -- so thats it, thats how i got it to work, obviously i have few issues to work out, like un-installing kernels 4.6 or making them work, the two apps that where important to me "KODI" and "VMWARE" are working in harmony, one of the reasons why i chose the multimedia edition was i figured it would not hurt using KODI --- maybe Sparky's needs to add KODI into the ISO --- anyways
up and running --- after almost giving up, trial and error, distro after distro, prolly formated 25+ times this past week just to find a replacement for MINT --- I have never ran into such a situation that a OLDER app version like VMware 12.0 would NOT be supported but 12.1.1 was ---- maybe bypassing the 12.0.0 version all together would work, but that was the version my employer gave me to work from home -- so it was frustration city when it would not work
i can now relax -- finsh setting up KODI and VMware -- then backup / image my HD --- gotta research a beter ext4 backup utility --- i can see future hassles with newer kernels like Leaphorn mentioned -- but unless the kernel upgrade actually give some sort of benifit, prolly better to keep and run the 4.5's
and yes, for most people -- Virtualbox is better solution -- it is even lighter on resources, but for some of us with tricky USB devices like internet phones, well -- hope this helps somebody