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Follow these steps to set up multimedia/sound capabilities:

  1. First, in the host OS file tree, open this folder:
    /var/lib/vmware/Virtual Machines/OpenSolaris/
  2. Open OpenSolaris.vmx as root with a text editor. For example:
    # nano OpenSolaris.vmx
  3. Paste the following lines before the Ethernet0.present = "TRUE" line.
    sound.present = "TRUE"
    sound.virtualDev = "es1371"
    sound.fileName = "-1"
    sound.autodetect = "TRUE"
  4. Save and close. Before you reboot next, open the VMware Server console settings window for Solaris, click the Add button, and then add a Sound Device.
  5. Experienced computer users might not remember the ES1371, but does SoundBlaster ring a bell? SoundBlaster and compatible chips were ubiquitous in computing for quite some time. It takes a web search and a third-party driver that has to be manually installed via command line to make the VMware virtual sound card work. You can get it at Tools GmbH. Follow the installation instructions there. Try the 1.9-beta version. When the script opens, choose 1 (sound framework). Then run it a second time and enter whichever number matches your sound chip. If you're installing to VMware Server, choose 2. DO NOT INSTALL ANY OTHER PACKAGE. All that gets you is "misconfigured sound."

    If you installed the wrong option, use pkgrm to remove the driver and then reinstall it. (Google or $ man pkgrm for information on pkgrm.) Then reboot. If it throws you into a console prompt, enter the root password and enter the svcadm instruction exactly as shown in the error message. If that happens, reboot again. It should boot normally and be ready for the next step.

  6. Open the Firefox icon from the top Solaris menu. Go to YouTube, find and click a video, and let Firefox install Flash for you. Enjoy your video.

If you want MP3 or streaming audio or video, install RealPlayer for Solaris:

  1. Download the RealPlayer file to the desktop and open a terminal. Change the working directory to where you downloaded the file, change the file permissions so you can run the installation file as a program, and run the program:
    # cd  ~username/Desktop
    # chmod a+x RealPlayer10GOLD-x86.bin
    # ./RealPlayer10GOLD-x86.bin
  2. Ignore this line:

    Some required libraries seem to be missing from your system.

  3. Enter this command:
    libiconv (libiconv.so)
  4. After running the script, open the RealPlayer folder on the desktop. Drag-and-drop the realplay file onto the desktop. Click the icon, ignore the "running executable text file" warning, find an MP3 or a streaming audio or video file, and run it.
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