Working 3D Hardware acceleration on VMWare 5.x!!!!

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Mark Vergeer
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I didn't know this until today but 3D hardware acceleration is very possible making the Virtual Machine a little more Games-Fähig/Capable. This is how to do it, you have to edit something in the configuration file of the Virtual Machine you've created. It is working with

VMware Workstation 5.0 and up enabling Accelerated 3-D for a Virtual Machine:

To enable a virtual machine for accelerated 3-D

1. Choose a virtual machine with Windows 2000 or XP guest operating system.

Note: Do not enable Direct3D on a virtual machine that is powered on or suspended.

2. Add the following to the configuration (.vmx) file for the virtual machine:

mks.enable3d = TRUE

This line enables accelerated 3-D on the host. It is required to support accelerated 3-D in the guest and also enables the host to accelerate 2-D portions of the guest display.

3. You may also add one or both of the following optional lines:

svga.vramSize = 67108864

This line increases the amount of VRAM on the virtual display card to 64 MB. Adding more VRAM helps to reduce thrashing in the guest. The maximum value is 128 MB.

vmmouse.present = FALSE

This line disables the absolute pointing device in the guest. Applications which require DirectInput relative mode need to turn off the absolute pointing device in the guest. In practice, this is only required for a certain class of full screen 3-D applications (for example, real-time games like first-person shooters).

Note: If you set the vmmouse.present option, you should also turn off the preference for motion ungrabbing in the Input tab of the Preferences settings dialog.

To turn off ungrabbing for vmouse.present:

a. Choose Edit > Preferences.

b. Click Input.

c. Deselect Ungrab when cursor leaves window.

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And this shows NFS Hot

And this shows NFS Hot Persuit 2 running on VMWare albeit with texture and transperancy errors. It's running rather smoothly and is perfectly playable actually. I did try out some other games and the following worked rather well:

Puzzle Bobble - no graphical errors
Darius - no graphical errors

With the 3D hardware enabled also 2D windows games run smoother.

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I've setup my virtual

I've setup my virtual machine to sport 128Mb of video-ram.

This little video I shot with my SonyEricsson 750i phone but it shows the DirectX 3D hardware test running on VMWare! In the background you'll hear some Dutch in spoken by some guys fixing my central heating system.

Wierd that VMWare has included this 3D hardware acceleration for a long time already but it's not accessible from within the VMWare program itself.

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Armchair Arcade, Inc.
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