Win 7 Virtual XP and 9800 GT driver
I have multiple virtual XP and Win7 guest virtual machines running on a 32 bit Win 7 install that has a GeForce 9800 graphics card running two monitors. The motherboard says it has a GeForce 8 series on board graphics yet the Nvidia driver detect reports a nForce 710. This is disabled due to the presence of the 9800.

A graphics program running on these VMs reports that the drivers are wrong for the graphics card. Device manager in both XP and Win7 VMs report a "Virtual PC Integration Components S3 Trio32/64" as the display adapter. Running the 9800 driver instal fails as it reports incorrect hardware.

I deleted the S3 display adapter (although there is no such hardware on the machine) and tried to install the 9800 driver. No luck.

Questions: How do you get a Win7 or XP VM to actually use the host machine's video hardware and drivers? Is there a way to force software installs if the hardware will not detect? Are there any new graphics cards that support virtual machines and drivers?
I have multiple virtual XP and Win7 guest virtual machines running on a 32 bit Win 7 install that has a GeForce 9800 graphics card running two monitors. The motherboard says it has a GeForce 8 series on board graphics yet the Nvidia driver detect reports a nForce 710. This is disabled due to the presence of the 9800.



A graphics program running on these VMs reports that the drivers are wrong for the graphics card. Device manager in both XP and Win7 VMs report a "Virtual PC Integration Components S3 Trio32/64" as the display adapter. Running the 9800 driver instal fails as it reports incorrect hardware.



I deleted the S3 display adapter (although there is no such hardware on the machine) and tried to install the 9800 driver. No luck.



Questions: How do you get a Win7 or XP VM to actually use the host machine's video hardware and drivers? Is there a way to force software installs if the hardware will not detect? Are there any new graphics cards that support virtual machines and drivers?

#1
Posted 03/03/2012 09:43 PM   
Virtual instances are not allowed direct access to the hardware. The S3 is a standard VGA adapter that the virtual engine uses as your graphics interface. You will need to replace it...
Virtual instances are not allowed direct access to the hardware. The S3 is a standard VGA adapter that the virtual engine uses as your graphics interface. You will need to replace it...

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#2
Posted 03/03/2012 09:55 PM   
[quote name='jaafaman' date='03 March 2012 - 04:55 PM' timestamp='1330811706' post='1378152']
Virtual instances are not allowed direct access to the hardware. The S3 is a standard VGA adapter that the virtual engine uses as your graphics interface. You will need to replace it...
[/quote]
Thanks for the post. Since the adapter is emulated, where do you get a higher performance adapter for the VM? Or should I punt and go third party VPC/VMware (not Microsoft)?
[quote name='jaafaman' date='03 March 2012 - 04:55 PM' timestamp='1330811706' post='1378152']

Virtual instances are not allowed direct access to the hardware. The S3 is a standard VGA adapter that the virtual engine uses as your graphics interface. You will need to replace it...



Thanks for the post. Since the adapter is emulated, where do you get a higher performance adapter for the VM? Or should I punt and go third party VPC/VMware (not Microsoft)?

#3
Posted 03/03/2012 11:52 PM   
[quote name='refd' date='03 March 2012 - 03:52 PM' timestamp='1330818774' post='1378187']
Thanks for the post. Since the adapter is emulated, where do you get a higher performance adapter for the VM? Or should I punt and go third party VPC/VMware (not Microsoft)?
[/quote]

VMWare still uses and emulated adapter that supports 3D Acceleration if enabled in the VM Settings.
[quote name='refd' date='03 March 2012 - 03:52 PM' timestamp='1330818774' post='1378187']

Thanks for the post. Since the adapter is emulated, where do you get a higher performance adapter for the VM? Or should I punt and go third party VPC/VMware (not Microsoft)?





VMWare still uses and emulated adapter that supports 3D Acceleration if enabled in the VM Settings.

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#4
Posted 03/06/2012 07:25 AM   
[quote name='midnightwolf76' date='06 March 2012 - 02:25 AM' timestamp='1331018727' post='1379222']VMWare still uses and emulated adapter that supports 3D Acceleration if enabled in the VM Settings.[/quote]
I should've watched for a follow-on question like this, since I didn't provide the info initially.

Apologies for leaving you hanging...
[quote name='midnightwolf76' date='06 March 2012 - 02:25 AM' timestamp='1331018727' post='1379222']VMWare still uses and emulated adapter that supports 3D Acceleration if enabled in the VM Settings.

I should've watched for a follow-on question like this, since I didn't provide the info initially.



Apologies for leaving you hanging...

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#5
Posted 03/06/2012 08:01 AM   
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