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Windows 7: VBox - CPU Utilization Creeps Up


12 Oct 2009   #1

 
VBox - CPU Utilization Creeps Up

VBox 3.08 hosting XP32, running EdgeStream Client in WiMP10. Viewing video stream on TFCnow.com

Host CPU usage begins at 10-40%, fluctuating. I can live with that. After some time, CPU starts hitting 85-90+. The delay between 'normal' CPU and spiked CPU can be 5 minutes to 30+ minutes.

Pausing/Stopping WiMP returns the CPU to a lower rate, but resuming immediately spikes.

Is it possibly related to the codec utilized by the stream source?


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12 Oct 2009   #2
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

That is one of the problems I also had within VB. Was never able to correct it, so if you find a way please post the correction. Also, was unable to do drag and drop between host and virtual machine.

I went back to the VM Ware 6.5.3 Workstation and Player ($189.00) since it was paid for, and ran without to much of a problem. At present vmx.exe is running at 23,788 K and vmplayer.exe is running at a study 28,888 K and neither is spiking at more than 3,500 K.

Firefox takes up more ram at 86,492 K then all of VM Ware.
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12 Oct 2009   #3

 

I rolled back to VBox 3.04. Which was a challenge in itself. I just upgraded from 3.04 to 3.08 today. A week or so ago, I had moved from 3.04 to 3.06 - and returned to 3.04 for the same problem.

I had to do a System Restore today to get 3.08 off.

3.04 is bouncing the CPU between 16 and 30%, changing every second or two.

I would lay out the $189 for VMWare, but I am really just waiting for a Windows 7 update the EdgeStream client - the only reason I am using the VM.
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13 Oct 2009   #4

windows 7
 
 

try to disable acceleration (VT-x or AMD-V), and check if that performs better. I noted that sometimes the hardware assisted virtualization may cause issues. Overall, vbox is very good in terms of cpu and memory use. I don't really observe much difference between vmware and vbox.

the memory usage from taskbar on virtual machine engines might be deceiving. It's quite often a process uses more ram, but that does not really mean vm engine actually uses less ram.
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13 Oct 2009   #5

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi all
For a FREE efficient vm solution why not use vmware server. Costs ZILCH and works very well indeed.

Use version 1 if you are unhappy with having to use a browser as a vm console or version 2 if you don't mind the browser console.

You'll find the overhead is MUCH smaller than VBOX and you can run the vm's in the background as well.

Cheers
jimbo
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13 Oct 2009   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi all
For a FREE efficient vm solution why not use vmware server. Costs ZILCH and works very well indeed.

Use version 1 if you are unhappy with having to use a browser as a vm console or version 2 if you don't mind the browser console.

You'll find the overhead is MUCH smaller than VBOX and you can run the vm's in the background as well.

Cheers
jimbo
I am going to give VMserver a go. Just a few days remain before I install my Windows 7 license, so I will tyest it on this install.
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13 Oct 2009   #7

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huisinro View Post
try to disable acceleration (VT-x or AMD-V), and check if that performs better. I noted that sometimes the hardware assisted virtualization may cause issues. Overall, vbox is very good in terms of cpu and memory use. I don't really observe much difference between vmware and vbox.

the memory usage from taskbar on virtual machine engines might be deceiving. It's quite often a process uses more ram, but that does not really mean vm engine actually uses less ram.
I will also give this a go. I understand about the memory usage.
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13 Oct 2009   #8

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huisinro View Post
try to disable acceleration (VT-x or AMD-V), and check if that performs better. I noted that sometimes the hardware assisted virtualization may cause issues. Overall, vbox is very good in terms of cpu and memory use. I don't really observe much difference between vmware and vbox.

the memory usage from taskbar on virtual machine engines might be deceiving. It's quite often a process uses more ram, but that does not really mean vm engine actually uses less ram.
I will also give this a go. I understand about the memory usage.
FAIL.

Substantial increase in CPU %
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13 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Not to go too much off topic but having Vbox installed screws up Rainmeter for me. After Vbox is installed, it will slow the refresh rate of Rainmeter on the Host machine and RM also starts crashing. I believe you use both Antman, have you had this happen as well?
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13 Oct 2009   #10

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huisinro View Post
try to disable acceleration (VT-x or AMD-V), and check if that performs better. I noted that sometimes the hardware assisted virtualization may cause issues. Overall, vbox is very good in terms of cpu and memory use. I don't really observe much difference between vmware and vbox.

the memory usage from taskbar on virtual machine engines might be deceiving. It's quite often a process uses more ram, but that does not really mean vm engine actually uses less ram.
I will also give this a go. I understand about the memory usage.
FAIL.

Substantial increase in CPU %
Hi is that on VMWARE server

It shouldn't happen

Can you post a screen shot of the Console when running one VM (the server console not the Virtual machine's console)

Example shown in this shot with one XP vm running and creating a 2nd VM - Windows 7-X-64 ultimate

BTW you should define your Virtual Machines as SINGLE PROCESSOR and split the Virtual disk into 2GB chunks rather than define the whole kybosh in one go.

Exception if your VM is running a database then DO define virtual disk(s) in one go - not in 2GB chunks -- keep single processor and you don't need the same amount of RAM as you would on a real machine - even Windows 7-X64 ultimate will run happily on a 1 or 2GB Virtual machine --running VM's are DIFFERENT to real machines in terms of resources.

Note you'll have to switch VT back on again if you want to run 64 Bit guests under vmware server. You don't need to for 32 bit guests,

Cheers
jimbo


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