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  • phoronix
    started a topic VMware's Linux 3D Guest Driver Is Ready

    VMware's Linux 3D Guest Driver Is Ready

    Phoronix: VMware's Linux 3D Guest Driver Is Ready

    The xf86-video-vmware 12.0 driver was officially released yesterday, which now means all of the components needed for 3D Linux guest acceleration are now available and stable...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA2ODM

  • allquixotic
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    Originally posted by RealNC View Post
    No, it does not help.
    Confirmed here too. Bah, come on VMware

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  • RealNC
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    No, it does not help.

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  • allquixotic
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    Originally posted by russofris View Post
    To those with the issue, does switching back to HW version 7 (in the vmx file of your guest) mitigate the issue?
    Have not tried. Will test next time I get access to my beast desktop (not for a couple of days unfortunately).

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  • russofris
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    To those with the issue, does switching back to HW version 7 (in the vmx file of your guest) mitigate the issue?

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  • allquixotic
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    Originally posted by russofris View Post
    While I cannot directly answer the question, I can state that the symptoms (audio stuttering, performance degradation under moderate IO) do not exist on the host. We've all tried a number of quick fixes to resolve the issue, including driver updates, bios changes (enable/disable VT-d), etc. The only clue that I can give is that high pci-latency exacerbates the issue (IO on the JMicron controller produces more audio stuttering than the onboard ICH9).

    Reproduction is simple. Open a VM, open youtube, play a video that contains audio, kick off a file transfer on the host, Liss..ss...ss..ten to the audio.o..o.(pop).o.

    F
    You hit the nail on the head. Nice description of the problem and test steps.

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  • russofris
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    Originally posted by Ansla View Post
    Are you guys sure it's just the vm freezing? From my experience with Intel hardware the entire machine will freeze while doing intense I/O even without running any virtualization software.
    While I cannot directly answer the question, I can state that the symptoms (audio stuttering, performance degradation under moderate IO) do not exist on the host. We've all tried a number of quick fixes to resolve the issue, including driver updates, bios changes (enable/disable VT-d), etc. The only clue that I can give is that high pci-latency exacerbates the issue (IO on the JMicron controller produces more audio stuttering than the onboard ICH9).

    Reproduction is simple. Open a VM, open youtube, play a video that contains audio, kick off a file transfer on the host, Liss..ss...ss..ten to the audio.o..o.(pop).o.

    F

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  • RealNC
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    Originally posted by Ansla View Post
    Are you guys sure it's just the vm freezing? From my experience with Intel hardware the entire machine will freeze while doing intense I/O even without running any virtualization software. The most obvious case is while unpacking a large archive in the background, like the linux kernel. Usually the audio does not skip, but all GUI applications become unresponsive until unpacking finishes. I'm getting this with a Core 2 Quad CPU and I noticed the same with the previous Core 2 Duo machine the company I work for provided.
    I don't see something like that. And I don't need intense I/O to see the problem in VMware either. All I need to do is enter "sync" in a terminal and the VM freezes. And it does it *every* time, even if "sync" completes in 0.2 seconds or such.

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  • Ansla
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    Are you guys sure it's just the vm freezing? From my experience with Intel hardware the entire machine will freeze while doing intense I/O even without running any virtualization software. The most obvious case is while unpacking a large archive in the background, like the linux kernel. Usually the audio does not skip, but all GUI applications become unresponsive until unpacking finishes. I'm getting this with a Core 2 Quad CPU and I noticed the same with the previous Core 2 Duo machine the company I work for provided.

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  • allquixotic
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    Hey, a fourth person on the VMware forums confirmed he is experiencing similar symptoms: http://communities.vmware.com/message/2005634#2005634

    This isn't just us imagining it, folks. We need to make sure VMware knows about this and is taking steps to rectify it.

    Thanks everyone for participating. I feel like we are making progress on the issue. It's up to VMware to fix it, but if they don't know about it, it'll never get fixed.

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