Are you using the free or Pro product?
I ask because am running the VMware Workstation Player & have no issues, though have only ran on on Linux Mint MATE (Not Cinnamon), and on a non-Linux OS in Windows 7. Cinnamon has been 'matured' since 2013, and they repeat this with every release, yet no matter which computer I install it on, the background jumps out at me after logon (I consider this a defect, others may not). Maybe they're trying to convince themselves, but haven't me. Not with flying out wallpapers.
Three things for sure that will cause crashes, assigning too much RAM to a VM (more than half of the physical available), not enough Swap area, even if you have ample RAM, and finally lower grade (Tier 2, including refurbished brands) that's more consumer oriented, yet may not meet the needs of high demanding apps.
The other two things I can think of, both still RAM related, are mismatched brands & timings, and finally, RAM in the early stages that's beginning to tap out on you. May give no issues when using the computer for general use, until a load is placed upon it. One other thing, have you made sure your RAM modules are seated well?
My VMware Workstation has a 4GB Swap area to work with (thanks to that software), otherwise with 32GB installed will only install a 1GiB Swap for the sake of it. Yet that wasn't enough for VMware, and when assigning 12GB to a VM, the warning was came fast that I was low on Swap. Not even giving 4GB Swap alone solved the issue, also had to reduce the RAM in the guest to 8GB for the popups to stop. So it seems that going over 2x the Swap in assigning RAM to the VM will trigger a warning.
My suggestion in the short term, is to use the bootable RAM test offered in the Grub menu, and let it run as long as it needs to complete, if your RAM is in the early stages of going bad, there may be errors, because the test will place all types of loads on the modules. If there's zero errors, look at either increasing Swap (if you need the assigned RAM), or if you can get by with less, then lower the amount of RAM assigned to the VM (easiest fix). Or upgrade with more RAM, prices are close to 2011 lows & can increase on any given day. All it'll take is a mishap at one major manufacturing facility, that'll be excuse to raise pricing.
Fortunately, the industry didn't with the last mishap, go ape crazy to almost the point of crossing the criminal line as the HDD one did in 2011, their OEM's created a false 'shortage' that never existed, and forever did themselves permanent damage, as the SSD industry seized the moment & won many consumers over with lowered pricing. Now most enthusiasts installs SSD's only for OS usage & many regular users who purchases from OEM's makes an SSD the first upgrade performed, from the supplier, or at home. Many are shipping with these drives out of the box.
A shortage is defined as having to wait a long time to get components. HDD's were available with overnight shipping if needed & in retail stores, for 3x the cost days earlier, the eBay suppliers & other used HDD reseller's dream come true, many were purchased during this period with only a small price increase. The RAM OEM's didn't let history repeat itself over a fire at one plant, there was a small, yet brief hike. Still RAM is a commodity, and low supply & high demand will jack pricing back up, so if you need more, now's the time to grab.
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