Windows 10: VMWare - enabling 3D and HW acceleratio(Linux Hosts with Windows VM's

Discus and support VMWare - enabling 3D and HW acceleratio(Linux Hosts with Windows VM's in Windows 10 Virtualization to solve the problem; Hi there clicking the 3D / hardware acceleration doesn't always work to get hardware acceleration and 3D to work on VM's with Linux hosts. A "get... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Virtualization' started by jimbo45, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. jimbo45 Win User

    VMWare - enabling 3D and HW acceleratio(Linux Hosts with Windows VM's


    Hi there
    clicking the 3D / hardware acceleration doesn't always work to get hardware acceleration and 3D to work on VM's with Linux hosts.

    A "get around" that usually works is to manually add this line to the .vmx (VMWare configuration file) :

    mks.gl.allowBlacklistedDrivers = "TRUE"

    Sometimes - particularly on Intel the video drivers are blacklisted due to possible instability -- can't say I've ever experienced that problem myself though.

    Ensure this line is also present (should be if you click the 3D box but if it isn't add it) :

    mks.enable3d = "TRUE"

    Cheers
    jimbo

    :)
     
    jimbo45, Nov 15, 2019
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  2. jimbo45 Win User

    Enable 3D / hardware acceleration in VM (VMware)

    Hi folks
    add to the vmware config file (or ~/.vmware/preferences if on Linux Host) the following line :

    mks.gl.allowBlacklistedDrivers = "TRUE"

    Note - you might have to also ensure MESA (Linux Host) is installed or correct graphics driver if you have it.
    In the VM config screen also check the box on display - enable 3d graphics

    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Nov 15, 2019
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  3. jimbo45 Win User
    VMWare enable 3D and hardware acceleration on Windows Guest VM's

    Hi there
    If when using a Linux host with VMWare you find you get messages on Windows VM's saying 3D and Hardware acceleration not supported even when you've ticked the enable 3d box in the edit VM configuration from the VMWare menu simply add these 2 lines to the .vmx VM config file with any decent text editor and re-start the VM.

    mks.gl.allowBlacklistedDrivers = "TRUE"
    mks.enable3d = "TRUE"

    be careful though because the mks.enable3d line might already exist -- so in that case only add the allow blacklisted drivers line -- duplicate entries will render the VM inoperative !!!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Nov 15, 2019
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  4. jimbo45 Win User

    VMWare - enabling 3D and HW acceleratio(Linux Hosts with Windows VM's

    Unity Mode Fix for W10 VMware VM's on Linux Hosts


    Hi there

    This seems to work fine for Windows 10 VM's on some Linux Hosts.

    1) Uninstall VMware tools on the VM - shut down but don't re-power on
    2) uninstall open-vm-tools on your HOST machine - typically as root or sudo yum autoremove open-vm-tools or whatever it is in your distro.
    3) reboot the host
    4) power on the W10 VM
    5) install VMware tools
    6) re-start the W10 again

    Solved -- now Unity is working !!!

    Here's mine running W10 on Centos 7 Host - Menu shown and EXCEL 2010 on the CENTOS desktop. Menu auto hides - just mouse point top left hand corner of screen. Brilliant way of running Windows VM's -- I think the whole Unity mode has been vastly underplayed - especially when you have several monitors !!!!.


    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Nov 15, 2019
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