Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm running Workstation 7.0.1 on a 64-bit Linux host, with a Vista guest, and the Aero theme works a treat - full marks for getting that working!

However, when running Photoshop there are some operations (like interactive image rotation) that seem to require graphics support that VMWare doesn't have - attempting to do these operations returns an error that the functionality "only works with OpenGL enabled windows".

It seems that it needs OpenGL 2.0 and Shader Model 3.0 which I gather are supported under Workstation 7 - do I need to put in additional settings of some kind? I've updated to the right version of VMWare Tools, and the video driver is listed as "VMWare SVGA 3D (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM)". I see that in 6.5 there was an option to switch between the beta WDDM driver and the SVGAII driver, but I assume the features of both of these would have been merged into the standard driver in 7.0?



share|improve this question

HERE's a link to a good 'how to do hardware DX/OpenGL with WS' document - there's loads of checks for you to be sure you're setup right.

Also what virtual machine model version is the VM? it needs to be the latest to support the beta WDDM vmtools driver.

share|improve this answer

A Microsoft-provided WDDM video driver won't support OpenGL beyond 1.1 (and it won't even be hardware accelerated) - if at all. VMWare Player 3.0 seems to come with an appropriate driver, but I can't vouch for it. Clicky.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.