I am trying to install VMWare tools on a Fedora 10 guest (Windows Vista host) and running into problems. I am logged in as root. Upon attempting to install, I get a message saying "Guest operating system has locked CD-ROM...). Various forums recommend overriding this message so I did so but the system simply hangs. Anyhow, went to VMWare help (http://www.vmware.com/support/ws55/doc/ws_newguest_tools_linux.html) on this subject. In attempting to understand/resolve this mounting problem, I tried mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom upon which I get a message saying "block device /dev/sr0 is write protected mounting read only". Not sure if this is the cause of the problem. But now I am stuck and confused. Can anyone enlighten me on what all this means and how I can resolve this installation problem? Thanks much.
Just adding new details: I have to be in text mode to install the tools. So, I did so. Logged in as root, did the umount. STILL get the cd locked message, override, and start getting a slew of SQUASHFS errors upon which things hang. If I try and quit the install do an ls (for example), I get input/output errors reported.
As suggested by someone, I downloaded open-vm-tools but when I do a ./configure, there is a whole slew of missing libraries I have been patiently trying to install (yum update hangs). yum install gcc glib2-devel pam-* xorg-x11-* libX* uriparser* libpng* gtk+-devel. Now when I get to install gtk2-devel, I get a rpmdb bus error and all is shot. So, I install gcc-c++ (yes I am pulling threads now) and re-try. Now it does a successful transaction test, starts transaction and hangs. I am so far in that I don't want to give up, but I am at a loss as to what I need to be doing here because I cannot believe this install could be this convoluted (or is it?)