2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 17, 2019 12:25 PM by admcl

    3D Acceleration doesn't accelerate anything (VMWare Player 15.1.0 build-13591040, Ubuntu 18.04 host, Win10 guest)

    admcl Lurker

        I'm running Ubuntu 18.04 on a Dell XPS 9570, which has a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti being driven by Nvidia driver 430.26.  I'm running VMWare Player 15.1.0 build-13591040.  When I first installed Player, 3D acceleration worked as expected, and my applications were fast.  Glxgears likewise runs at ~60fps.  At some point, maybe after an Ubuntu update, something changed.   When booting Player I got the message, "Before you can run VMware, several modules must be compiled and loaded into the running kernel."  The process to load these modules would fail, and I couldn't start Player.  The fix I found was to modify the .vmx file for my VM with the lines:


      mks.gl.allowBlacklistedDrivers = "TRUE"

      mks.enableDX11Renderer = "FALSE"

      mks.enableGLRenderer = "TRUE"

      mks.enableGLBasicRenderer = "FALSE"

      mks.enableD3DRenderer = "FALSE"


      ...However, even though Player doesn't complain about lack of 3D acceleration support, Windows 10 graphics are far slower than they used to be.  If I toggle the VMX file settings back to using DX11, then Player will no longer fail to start up, but will complain about not having 3D support.   The GL Basic Renderer, and D3D Renderer also produce very bad performance.  I've tried reinstalling Player, installing Player 14, and even making a new Windows 10 VM; the same problem is always present.


      As it stands, guest Windows 10 is so slow that the applications I need to run are borderline unusable.   Is there anything else I can fiddle with to get fast 3D graphics back?