What a saga. Finally though I have VMWare Server 1.0.4 working again on Gentoo 2007.0 (amd_64) with 2.6.23-gentoo-r9 kernel.
Back in June or July 2007 I setup VMWare Server fine on Gentoo host, don’t remember which kernel all I know is it just worked and life was great!
Then I came back to the box at the end of January this year and reinstalled Gentoo. Did the “emerge -avuDN world”, then went to setup VMWare Server and upon starting a VM guest I had a kernel panic, crap…. After a few days of searching around I found no answers. I suspected it was something to do with my kernel then I found Mike who seems to be one of the main people maintaining the ebuilds for vmware.
Mike pointed me to the vmware overlay and I’m not sure if it was that, that fixed it for me or the combination the following steps I’ve put together in this How To?. Either thanks Mike :)