You might get to see the above error while booting your VM’s on VMWare Workstation 9.x on Ubuntu.
This issue might get sorted by adding the following line to .vmx line of the VM.
mks.gl.allowBlacklistedDrivers = TRUE
Read the further discussion on this topic at vmware forum.
If you’re unable to enter the license key for VMWare workstation version 8 or 9 on your Debian/Ubuntu based machines try the following command:
sudo /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx --new-sn
This should fix the issue.