I found 4 vmware files under etc/init.d, I dragged them out.
I expanded a fresh copy of the vmware installer .gz archive.
Clicked the install .pl file, chose Run - nothing happened.
Clicked the install .sh file, chose Run - nothing happened.
This is where my knowledge of Linux ends, I guess
Thank you for trying to help
Googling around the Net, I found some blurbs how to install VMware on CentOS like this
One looks at the tons of windows and code lines and mumbles: "you gotta be kidding".
All right, so I bit off way more than I can chew with CentOS. I'll head over to the Ubuntu 10 Kindergarten