3D Acceleration for VMWare Player

I noticed a message saying that I did not have 3d acceleration in my virtual image with VMWare player. I didn’t really need it as all I was doing was using the PeopleSoft IDE and a web browser, but I wondered if it would improve performance. I will probably never know if it made a difference other than get rid of the message.

The fix was to install driconf and enable “S3TC texture compression even if software support is not available”.

Installing driconf was as easy as:
sudo apt-get install driconf

Run driconf from the command line with the command:

Go to the “Image Quality” tab, and click “Yes” for “Enable S3TC texture compression even if software support is not available”



3D Acceleration on Intel X3100


3 Responses to “3D Acceleration for VMWare Player”

  1. Shane Bowman Says:

    Hi, just a little query. I’m running Ubuntu 10.04 under 64-bit Windows 7. My laptop is equipped with an i3 processor and an ATI Radeon hd 5730.

    I use VMware for virtualization. 3d acceleration isn’t available in my Ubuntu. Will your fix work to enable 3d acceleration in this situation?

    Reason I’m asking is I’m a dedicated gamer and one who uses graphics apps a lot. Not having good graphics is a real downer, and will put me off Linux if I can’t solve this problem.

    I really don’t want to use VirtualBox; it messes up your system.

    Any help REALLY appreciated!!

  2. digitaleagle Says:

    Unfortunately, I think I am the opposite of you. I have a Ubuntu host, and I use VMWare virtual images of Windows Server in order to run PeopleSoft on my machine.

    The driconf tool I was talking about was loaded on my host to enable 3D support for the virtual images. I would assume that you have to do something similar in the Windows host to allow VMWare to provide 3D accelaration to it’s virtual machines.

    One thing that you might check is that the most recent VMWare tools is installed in your Ubuntu image.

  3. Shane Bowman Says:


    At least now I know that its basically impossible to get a Linux virtual machine to be 3d accelerated.

    Guess I’ll have to wait till VMware comes up with a solution. That’s what everyone else says anyways.


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