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When I remote desktop into a Windows 7 VM, it says the display adapters being used are VMWare SVGA 3d. Is there any way to use the system's native drivers (particularly with OpenGL support)?

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What makes you think that isn't the native driver? I'm assuming it's a VMware VM, based on the fact that that driver is installed at all - which would make that the proper native driver. What product is it virtualized under? You'd need a desktop VMware product (Workstation, Fusion), not a server product (ESX[i]), to get OpenGL support. – Shane Madden Dec 5 '11 at 22:07
I guess I just saw VMWare and assumed it was something going on with the RDP. I'll check with our sysadmin. – Jeff Storey Dec 5 '11 at 22:08
Is this remote PC a virtual machine? Sounds like it. – Sven Dec 5 '11 at 22:09
It is, correct. – Jeff Storey Dec 5 '11 at 22:16
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If this is a virtual machine, you don't need to check with your admin: You can't use the native graphics card, as VMWare doesn't allow any access to it. VM's are not meant for good graphics performance.

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Vmware VMs aren't meant for good graphic performance, true. But HyperVMs can leverage native graphics cards using the RemoteFX feature, which reputedly gives outstanding graphics performance to VMs. – Mark Lawrence Dec 5 '11 at 23:38
VMware supports hardware accelerated graphics as do several other VM solutions. – Matthew Read Apr 1 '13 at 15:56

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