I had gotten the book, Hacking: the Art of Exploitation, not long ago, and I followed the directions related to VMWare on this webiste.
After creating the file specified in the instructions, I opened VMWare and opened livecd.vmx as stated, and got this error:
I ask for assistance on this predicament.
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Those instructions for using creating a virtual machine to use with VMWare Player could be out of date if they aren't working for you.
You might want to try Virtualbox, which is free and easy to use.
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