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Your Ubuntu host's graphics driver does have the capabilities for VMware Player to support 3D. The vmware.log will provide some information as to what is missing.
Jun 30 23:16:13.648: mks| OpenGL Version: "1.4 Mesa 7.7.1" (1.4.0)
Jun 30 23:16:13.648: mks| OpenGL Vendor: "Tungsten Graphics, Inc"
Jun 30 23:16:13.648: mks| OpenGL Renderer: "Mesa DRI Intel(R) 945GM GEM 20091221 2009Q4 x86/MMX/SSE2"
Jun 30 23:16:13.651: mks| GLManager: Required extension GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc is missing.
Jun 30 23:16:13.662: mks| http://msg.glBackend.initFailed 3D graphics acceleration will be disabled. This computer does not have a 3D graphics system supported by VMware Player.
Thanks for the response.
As I am a bit of a linux novice, I need to ask further questions. Sorry.
Apologies. My full question did not get posted previously.
Are you saying that I cann't resolve this problem? Or can I install a driver from that website you have linked?
If yes to the second option, what and where do I install it? e.g. is it libtxc_dxtn040524.tar.gz ? Where and how on my laptop?
Ubuntu software center > install driconf
System > Preferences > 3D acceleration > Image Quality > Enable s3tc texturing.
Should work now
Thank you. That has worked fine.
3D acceleration is now available on my VMs:
VMware Workstation 7.1
Ubuntu 10.04 Host
HP 6730b laptop
I just wanted to let you know that your workaroud worked great also in Ubuntu Natty with Intel i5 chipset (I didn't find the graphics card identifier anywhere), and just to add one more thing.... If you perform that change in a VM that was suspended, it won't take effect until you shut down the VM OS completely.
Anyway, thanks again!