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    Running Games in a Virtual Machine

    Has anyone successfully run a DirectX game with full 3D graphics acceleration under Windows inside a virtual machine? The thing is games like GunZ and MapleStory install applications to prevent cheating. I have a gut feeling that this has something to do with messing with my system files (because apparently, GunZ does not run without administrator privleges). Therefore, I want to isolate these "trouble" applications inside a virtual machine along with my legacy applications, etc.

    There are a lot of choices. I'm aware of only a few of them, and I really don't want to go through the hassle of testing if 3D acceleration is "inherited" by the virtual machine.


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    Re: Running Games in a Virtual Machine

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    This guy ran maplestory from within an ubuntu machine. It only took adding a few lines of code to enable 3d capabilities. So i guess it's possible.




    EDIT: if you're thinking of running the vmachine from within windows, then it's a lot easier, you can skip half of what [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]people are talking about.
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    Re: Running Games in a Virtual Machine

    Quote Originally Posted by LCS View Post
    Has anyone successfully run a DirectX game with full 3D graphics acceleration under Windows inside a virtual machine? The thing is games like GunZ and MapleStory install applications to prevent cheating. I have a gut feeling that this has something to do with messing with my system files (because apparently, GunZ does not run without administrator privleges). Therefore, I want to isolate these "trouble" applications inside a virtual machine along with my legacy applications, etc.

    There are a lot of choices. I'm aware of only a few of them, and I really don't want to go through the hassle of testing if 3D acceleration is "inherited" by the virtual machine.

    GameGuard messed up your system ?

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    Re: Running Games in a Virtual Machine

    Quote Originally Posted by LobBob View Post
    GameGuard messed up your system ?
    It's just a gut feeling. I don't like my system files being messed with, or any low level processes being modified for that matter.

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    Re: Running Games in a Virtual Machine

    Most likely the VM fails to virtualize your graphics card.

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    Re: Running Games in a Virtual Machine

    Quote Originally Posted by LCS View Post
    It's just a gut feeling. I don't like my system files being messed with, or any low level processes being modified for that matter.

    Did you try Uninstalling your Games that uses GameGuard to see if GameGuard is actually the problem ?



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    Re: Running Games in a Virtual Machine

    I simply don't want GameGuard touching the internals of my system at all regardless of it's stability/security. …and I'll wait until VMWare is mature enough to support my video card's full capabilities. It's beta right now.

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    Re: Running Games in a Virtual Machine

    Quote Originally Posted by LCS View Post
    I simply don't want GameGuard touching the internals of my system at all regardless of it's stability/security. …and I'll wait until VMWare is mature enough to support my video card's full capabilities. It's beta right now.
    Are you sure GameGuards the one that is actually the one causing all the problems.. etc ?

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    Re: Running Games in a Virtual Machine

    Well, to answer your question about Virtualization and 3d compatibility, last time I checked, it's not possible, VMware uses a software rendered output, so it never touches the video card.

    So it's not possible, as far as I know, and I worked a lot with Virtual Machines.
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    Re: Running Games in a Virtual Machine

    Quote Originally Posted by Citizin View Post
    Well, to answer your question about Virtualization and 3d compatibility, last time I checked, it's not possible, VMware uses a software rendered output, so it never touches the video card.

    So it's not possible, as far as I know, and I worked a lot with Virtual Machines.
    That's disappointing. =\ I'm still hoping that VMWare is working on it. The website and other forums strongly hinted at the need for a video card to make 3-D acceleration in a VMWare virtual machine work.

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