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Windows 8.1 under Linux - which distro for 3-D support

  1. #1


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Windows 8.1 under Linux - which distro for 3-D support


    Hi there
    Anybody running a Windows 8.1 Virtual machine from a LINUX host with 3-D support working. If so what distro are you using. (VMware player / workstation).

    I've tried SUSE and DEBIAN - the VM runs perfectly except I can't get 3-D support or hardware graphics acceleration.

    Under Windows as host (W7) no problem !!.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #2


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Hi Jimbo,

    You should try installing the certified drivers for the graphics card from Nvidia or AMD instead of standard installed ones, for some distro's use limited opensource versions like the nouveau driver.

    Also see specific VMware info about what you need:
    https://www.vmware.com/support/ws55/...ling_host.html
    That's for a host,
    It says WS5.5, but should still apply on newer releases, use the mentioned tools to get info about the graphic drivers.

    For a guest, W8, check to see if 3D is on in the VMX file itself:
    https://www.vmware.com/support/ws55/...abling_vm.html


    some example for Ubuntu drivers or install procedures:
    How to install Nvidia drivers in Ubuntu 13.04

    Debian:
    https://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers

    Although I'm not familiar with AMD/ATI cards, similar packages should exist:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RadeonDriver

    Official binary releases, which are recommemded, also exist on the official sites, Nvidia, AMD.

    For Intel I'm not sure what for driver will be used, I've seen something reported as Tungsten which provided pretty good basic acceleration a while back.

    So in the end you'll need to install the latest official graphic driver you can get for your distro, then see That OpenGL is running well (run glxinfo and glxgears + some other benchmarking tools* are nice to see).

    *System profiler and benchmark:
    Click image for larger version

    Good luck.
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  3. #3


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    The problem doesn't appear with running 3-D / hardware acceleration on the HOST Linux system itself but getting the VM to be able to use it. Running on a HOST windows system - no problem.

    It's not a major show stopper -- but am just curious as to why I can't get the VM to use 3-D / hardware accelerated graphics.

    I'm probably going to see if using ZEN works any better - although VMWARE is easy and the VM's usually perform flawlessly.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Was just trying to see what driver you must be running there. Intel? Nvidia? ATI?

    We all know that on Windows hosts you get pretty decent drivers but it's not always the case on linux where some distros will install open source drivers by default and it's in those particular cases that VMware won't be always able to detect 3D capabilities.

    But I'm sure your gfx is ok since you're not the only one out there dealing with that issue.

    Do you get a message warning at VM startup?
    https://communities.vmware.com/thread/446284

    I'm also curious how XEN will do on the same system.

    But before we jump to conclusions, this is worth trying:
    [SOLVED] Enable 3D acceleration(if supported) in Vmware

    It's a (patented) missing texture compression:
    Driconf: enabling S3 texture compression on Linux - Codemadness

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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