Just now I installed vmware 2.5.5 in Debian 8 and when I open I have this error:
I executed this:
apt-get install build-essential
apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
cd /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/include
ln -s ../generated/utsrelease.h
ln -s ../generated/autoconf.h
vmware-modconfig --console --install-all
gcc and kernel headers must be installed
ln -s ../generated/uapi/linux/version.h
I don't know what more I can make.
A greeting and thanks.
Debian 8 is a recent OS while VMplayer is very old.
A default VMplayer 2.5 install will not be able to compile the modules - unless someone has created a special patch.
With such an old VMplayer plus Debian 8 I doubt that anyone would spent the time to create a patch.
Read the VMplayer release notes to find out which Debian-release would fit better - I would guess that Debian 5 may work unpatched.