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16 Feb 2010   #1

Win7 Home Pro x64
Virtualization software that allows flexibility w/...

Hey all I'm looking for a Virutalization solution that will give me flexability with my video memory.

To my knowledge, Microsoft Virtual PC uses a very basic setup with the video memory on the virtual side of things.

Any ideas?

I was hoping there was a solution that would allow me to:

1) Use Ubuntu Linux and still have enough video memory to work with compiz and eyecandy etc.

2) Virtualize Windows XP for games that are no longer supported by Windows 7 drivers or are just plain out of date and not compatible.

By the way I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium.


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16 Feb 2010   #2


By their nature, virtual machines use a very simple gpu (graphics chip emulated in software.) Its not possible to fully emulate the 3d graphics cards that are needed to power recent games with any virtualization program currently available. What you are after isn't really feazible with current hardware/software.

Using VMware server you can give a vm more ram to use for the graphics card (i have bumped it up to 8mb to support larger scren resolutions in my vm's), but it will not give it any more 3d capabilities.

Hope this answers your question.
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16 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64

If it can't emulate a newer GPU can't it be set up to just use the real one?
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16 Feb 2010   #4


NO, thats the whole point of a VM, its all virtualized so its not tied to any particular piece of hardware.

Give vmware workstation a try for what your wanting to do, it does allow for a more "advanced" virtual graphics card to be emulated then virtual pc (iirc vmware uses a rage 128) Its not going to play any 3d games, but it might let you run graphics apps.
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16 Feb 2010   #5

Win7 Home Pro x64
well thanks

I figured as much. Thanks for confirming this ccatlett - back to the drawing board on how to get those old games to work well.
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16 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You could give VMWare Player a try. It does a pretty solid job graphics wise compared to everything else that I have used. I know that it handles the Aero interface ok.

I've not really used it much for eyecandy linux most of my linux boxes are command line only. I do fool around with the eye candy stuff on my desktop computers running Ubuntu...but I find that it tends to screw with stability and I don't use it all that much.
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18 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Professional x64

Hi !

Virtualbox could bring more graphical resources than Virtual PC, but nothing like a true virtualized graphic accelerator, instead of VT for CPUs.

However, an old OpenGL game can easily run under Virtualbox (with experimental graphic acceleration set to ON and 32, 64 or 128 MB virtual graphic memory)
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20 Feb 2010   #8


Thanks for the info Tim, I hadn't looked at virtualbox in a while, good to know about the experimental support. I'll have to play around with that sometime.
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