I've successfully installed Mandrake 10.1 into VM Workstation 5.0 but am having a problem installing VM Tools. The instructions are as follows:

Installing VMware Tools from the Command Line

The first steps are performed on the host, within Workstation menus:
1. Power on the virtual machine.
2. After the guest operating system has started, prepare your virtual machine to install VMware Tools.
Choose VM > Install VMware Tools.
The remaining steps take place inside the virtual machine.
3. As root (su -), mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image, change to a working directory (for example, /tmp), uncompress the installer, then unmount the CD-ROM image.
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
cd /tmp
Note: You do not use an actual CD-ROM to install VMware Tools, nor do you need to download the CD-ROM image or burn a physical CD-ROM of this image file. The VMware Workstation application includes an ISO image that looks like a CD-ROM to your guest operating system. This image contains all the files needed to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system.
Note: If you have a previous installation, delete the previous vmware-distrib directory before installing. The default location of this directory is /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
Some Linux distributions use different device names or organize the /dev directory differently. If your CD-ROM drive is not /dev/cdrom or if the mount point for a CD-ROM is not /mnt/cdrom, you must modify the following commands to reflect the conventions used by your distribution.
You can continue with a .tar installer or an RPM installer:
Using the .tar installer:
tar zxf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-5.0.0-<xxxx>.tar.gz
umount /dev/cdrom
Continue with step 4.
Using the RPM installer:
rpm -Uhv /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-5.0.0-<xxxx>.i386.rpm
umount /dev/cdrom
Where <xxxx> is the build/revision number of the VMware Workstation release.
Note: If you attempt to install a tar installation over an rpm installation—or the reverse—the installer detects the previous installation and must convert the installer database format before continuing.
4. Run the VMware Tools installer:
Using the .tar VMware tools installer
cd vmware-tools-distrib
./vmware-install.pl
Respond to the questions the installer displays on the screen. Press Enter to accept the default value.
Note: Be sure to respond yes when the installer offers to run the configuration program.
Continue with step 5.
Using the RPM VMware tools installer:
vmware-config-tools.pl
Respond to the questions the installer displays on the screen. Press Enter to accept the default value.
Note: Be sure to respond yes when the installer offers to run the configuration program.
5. Log out of the root account.
exit
6. Start X and your graphical environment.
7. In an X terminal, launch the VMware Tools background application.
vmware-toolbox &
Note: You may run VMware Tools as root or as a normal user. To shrink virtual disks, you must run VMware Tools as root (su -).
Starting VMware Tools Automatically
You may find it helpful to configure your guest operating system so VMware Tools starts when you start your X server. The steps for doing so vary depending on your Linux distribution and your desktop environment. Check your operating system documentation for the appropriate steps to take.
For example, in a Red Hat Linux 7.1 guest using GNOME, follow these steps.
1. Open the Startup Programs panel in the GNOME Control Center.
Main Menu (click the foot icon in the lower left corner of the screen) > Programs > Settings > Session > Startup Programs
2. Click Add.
3. In the Startup Command field, enter vmware-toolbox.
4. Click OK, click OK again, then close the GNOME Control Center.
The next time you start X, VMware Tools starts automatically.


I've gotten to root but don't understand the following steps. Could someone walk me through the rest. I'm a complete newbie to Linux. Thanks.