I've installed several Linux distributions in virtual machines running under VMWare Workstation v15.5 [Elementary v5.0, Linux Mint v19.2, Ubuntu LTS v18.04.4, and Ubuntu v19.10
NONE of them have sound when they boot up -- they all display the following message during the boot process:
The "FIX" is very simple: After the OS is running, just go to VM - Settings - Sound Card and click on the "Connected" box and all will be well.
But it'd be nice if this wasn't necessary. Anyone know how to resolve it?