.........d there is no file vmware' in /etc/init.d
^^ this is the root of the problem.
I will try to replay this problem on my testPC.
During this test on my testPC after a new installation of P2009.2 I found a wrong version of VMware-Player-***.bundle in the command "sudo sh VMware-Player-***"
And this will result in an error "File or directory not found".
And as a result VMware-Player can not be started and there is no menu entry.
I am sorry for the error and did a repair.
In the attachment konsole-output.txt you can seen that after a successful installation there is a file vmware in /etc/init.d