VmWare 3d acceleration driver install?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Kalixa, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    I tried to install counter-strike on my vmware image of windows xp pro x64 edition. The thing is that when I opened up the application, I was told that I could only run in software mode. How do play the game utilizing my geforce 8600gt graphics card?

    I have already checked the box VirtualMachine->Settings->Display->Accelerate 3D graphics. So this shouldn't be the problem.

    I also tried downloading a driver from nvidias web site, but I could not install it.
  2. macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2006
    The virtual video card in your virtual machine is a "VMware SVGA II", not
    an 8600GT (check the device manager). What your real video card is
    doesn't matter. That's what "virtual" is all about.

    VMware's 3D is incomplete, with only DirectX 8.1 and no OpenGL. Not all
    games can work on it.

    Boot Camp is always recommended for gaming because of the direct
    hardware access. Boot Camp itself doesn't support 64-bit yet, but
    only in the sense that it doesn't supply the necessary 64-bit drivers.

    I've heard of people who have installed XP-64 on Boot Camp, tracking
    down and installing the correct drivers themselves. I don't play games, so
    I've never had the need to do this myself, so I can't help you there.
    You'll need to track down some kind of HOWTO on making XP-64
    work in Boot Camp.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    hi im having the same problem
    could anyone please supply an update to this page

    the problem again is, how do you utilize the integrated gforce graphics card in the virtual machine.

  4. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2008
    North Shore, MA
    Install the VMWare tools package and make sure 3D acceleration is enabled for your virtual machine.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    ok so i did that, but when i check the properties on my computer the graphics card still reads "VMware SVGA II"

    is that the best graphics i can get?
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2008
    North Shore, MA
    Yep, because you can't access the actual graphics card directly in a virtualized environment; all access has to be done through VMWare's HAL. If you want to have direct access to all your hardware you need to install Windows natively via Bootcamp.

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