VMware Fusion questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by npriess, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. npriess macrumors regular

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    Hi

    I have recently installed VMware Fusion and I really like the unity function. However, when I check the 'device manager' in Windows XP, my sweet 9600m gt card is not listed. Instead it is some VMware graphics controller.

    Of course it runs graphic demanding apps really poorly but isn't it possible to take advantage of my 9600m gt card?

    Also tried Parallels which seems to do the same.


    What should I do?
     
  2. Queso macrumors G4

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    The only way to utilise the full power of the graphics card is via Boot Camp. Both Parallels and VMWare present virtual hardware to the guest OS. Although both companies trying to optimise the performance of the virtualisation in their respective products there's no direct link between the guest OS and the hardware itself, hence why it's so much slower.
     
  3. npriess thread starter macrumors regular

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    So there is no way to get slightly better performance?
    Just enough to run NFS Underground 2.
     
  4. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

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    There is a way. You will need to use Boot Camp. That is the best way to run windows games on your mac.
     
  5. npriess thread starter macrumors regular

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    What does this mean then? (taken from parallels.com)

    "Blazing Fast 3D Graphics
    Expanded DirectX 9, DirectX Pixel Shader 2.0 and OpenGL 2.0 support for optimal performance."

    "Maximum Video Performance
    256 MB video RAM support — Drives faster, smoother video output for maximum performance."
     
  6. Queso macrumors G4

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    They have much improved performance over the previous versions of their products, but it still isn't anywhere near the same performance you get from using the card natively under Boot Camp.
     
  7. npriess thread starter macrumors regular

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    What is the best solution for playing old games like NFS Underground 2 then? (besides bootcamp)
     
  8. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    You could try CrossOver from CodeWeavers. Just google it. You don't need a windows cd/key at all. Just the cd of the software you wish to use. However, it's not as fast, but it's faster than Fusion/Parallels I think. Boot Camp blows them all away.
     
  9. npriess thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, I'll try CrossOver.
    For normal windows tasks, should I use Parallels or VMware Fusion?
     

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