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Windows 7: XP Mode hardware recognition possible??

08 Oct 2009   #1

XP Mode hardware recognition possible??

Hello All

I'm running recording software (protools 6.4) that needs xp to run my pci audio card.

At the moment i'm running a dual boot system to run xp. But to save rebooting all the time, I would like to run Protools in windows 7 xp mode. I've tried but it won't recognise my pci audio card.

I've enabled all virtualization settings in my bios.

Has anyone had any luck with xp mode recognising pci hardware?

I've searched high and low for the answer to this!

Thanks in advance


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08 Oct 2009   #2

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate

Virtual Machines dont recognize the actual hardware in a machine.

They use either Emulated or Synthetic devices.

Emulated devices are those provided by the hypervisor and are fairly poor in performance.

Synthetic devices are those that allow direct access to the hardware but still use a "generic" version of the hardware, not the specific device in the system.

Basically what I am saying is that there is really no way to acheive what you are looking to do.
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09 Oct 2009   #3


Bumma. Thanks Jordus. Good to hear someone can confirm that. Do you think it's possible with any other virtual machine like vmware?
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09 Oct 2009   #4

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by duanebonney View Post
Bumma. Thanks Jordus. Good to hear someone can confirm that. Do you think it's possible with any other virtual machine like vmware?

Pretty much all Hypervisors work in the same manner. Nothing will recognize the true hardware in a physical machine except a physical installation of the OS. Sorry, man.
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09 Oct 2009   #5

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
Vmware might recognize a "generic" sound card - usually "Sound Blaster" or similar compatable.

In theory your recording / audio software should worrk if you can get any sound out of the virtual machine.

Note of course the soumd card will have to work in "Native" mode on the host. Set the volume levels high enough on the host so you can use the full range in the "Sound blaster" emulated sound card on the vm.

Here's what an XP VM shows as its soundcard The Host system (W7 x-64 RTM) is running Via HD sound.


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10 Oct 2009   #6

windows 7

if the device is based on USB protocol (true for many devices), then might get recognized by vm, since USB devices confirm to the same standard.
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11 Oct 2009   #7


Thanks for your help guys. I'm gonna give VMware a crack

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