Upgrading VMWare tools killed Xserver RHEL4
Posted on 2009-04-17
I have a VMWare server that's just been upgraded from v1.x to v2.x and this has upgraded the virtual hardware on the machines themselves. After booting a RHEL 4 VM and upgrading the VMWare tools to version 0:7397-156745.i386 from a RPM the vmware-tools service didn't start on reboot.
So I went to Applications> System Settings> Server Settings> Services go to Actions> Add Service.
Entered vmware-tools. Exited and rebooted.
This causes xserver not to start on boot because of a mouse problem that the mouse configuration wizard cannot seem to fix.
After being booted to a command prompt I tried:
mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup /etc/X11/xorg.conf
(EE) Failed to load module "vmware" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) No drivers available
Fatal server error:
no screens found
rpm -e VMwareTools
error: package VMwareTools is not installed
rpm -e vmware-tools
error: package vmware-tools is not installed
I think because VMWare tools has modified my xorg.conf and I do not have a copy of it pre-vmware I either need to install the old version of the tools (which I don't have a RPM for) or remove them compeltely and hope that it fixes Xserver. I have a backup of the VM but I'd rather not have to go back to that, can anyone suggest anything?