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    Virtual Box set up

    Hi I've installed virtualbox to set up VM for testing OS and software compatibility etc but I'm having a nightmare with the graphics. The most I can assign is 256MB which is woeful and it seems the latest versions have removed any ability to use PCI pass-through to the GPU.

    I have installed the guest additions, they don't seem to offer any extra graphics ability.

    Does anyone know a way to improve this? It is preventing me testing the software i need to trial. Is there an alternative to Virtual Box that would perform better, and ideally still give the ease of access from the host machine?

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    Re: Virtual Box set up

    Don't think you can mate, think you can in vmware
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    Re: Virtual Box set up

    If you're talking about a windows host system i think your options are limited, you could give vmware a try as Jonj1611 suggests, maybe Hyper-V (native Microsoft solution on windows 10 Pro, Ent, Edu), QEMU is free open source one that maybe worth a try as it's more configurable than virtualbox but I'm not sure how much that configurability extends to the GPU.

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    Re: Virtual Box set up

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    If you're talking about a windows host system i think your options are limited, you could give vmware a try as Jonj1611 suggests, maybe Hyper-V (native Microsoft solution on windows 10 Pro, Ent, Edu), QEMU is free open source one that maybe worth a try as it's more configurable than virtualbox but I'm not sure how much that configurability extends to the GPU.
    Yeah - If it's a windows host you're very limited. VMware player is free at least so not too much to lose. I don't remember any PCIe passthrough capability in hyper-V for Windows 10 but I haven't used it in ages.

    I've checked my VMware workstation Pro and it allows 8GB of VRAM for the guest and has an "accelerate 3d Graphics" tickbox though IIRC that's not using your native GFX card and is similar to a mid 90's GFX card for performance.

    ESXi however does allow PCIe passthrough but it has to be installed directly on hardware. You're getting into a world of complexity there though. Don;t assume anything will "just work" for PCIe passthrough.
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    Re: Virtual Box set up

    Yea I'm not 100% on Hyper-V, i think they added it but having checked i maybe conflating it with Windows server.

    I was going off what i remember from when i looked into it a year or so ago, back then i gave up on the idea because it was a nightmare trying to workout if the hardware and software supported it, in the end i just created a Windows 10 To Go USB drive and rebooted into that for the limited testing i needed.

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    Re: Virtual Box set up

    These days I only ever run VMs in Linux. Windows just isn't worth the stress.

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    Re: Virtual Box set up

    Perhaps for simplicity alternatively have some physical boxes people can remote to do the same thing. Assuming there isn't going to be loads of people doing the same thing at once.

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