VMware with Linux guest

I was having a problem with running Red Hat in a virtual machine with VMware. The OS was reporting the platform as a “?86”. Which caused “wrong platform” errors with all the rpms. The fix was rather than choose the “Red Hat Linux” as the OS, choose the “Other – Kernel x.x.x”. This was on an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000 with VMware Workstation 6.5.0 build 118166 with Red Hat Linux 5.2 (kernel 2.0.36). For this I choose the 2.2.x kernel option. Thought this might help someone along the way.
Why was I installing such an old version – I wanted to 😉

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