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Old 02-04-2010, 07:30 PM   #1
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Question NVidia proprietary driver not used on Linux virtual machine


I have a CentOS 5 virtual machine (VMware Workstation 7) running under a Windows host, and need the workstation's NVidia graphic card (Quadro NVS 295) to work optimally for my data analysis tools.

When I try to install the Linux driver from NVidia's webpage, I get "You do not appear to have an NVIDIA GPU supported by the 190.53 NVIDIA Linux graphics driver installed in this system". I have found my workstation's graphic card in the list of supported graphic cards in the README.

I suspect this has to do with VMware's own graphics controller having taken over, because when I do "/sbin/lspci" I see:
00.0f.0 VGA compatible controller: VMware SVGA II Adapter

Does anyone out there know how I can let the NVidia driver get installed and take over (it looks like I need its newest version for my software to render properly)?

Old 02-04-2010, 07:48 PM   #2
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Any virtual-machine system must provide a virtual implementation of its hardware, because (as far as I know) real system hardware does not have any way to know when|which a particular virtual machine is in charge, and has no direct way to present hardware interrupts etc. correctly. ("This is not an Amdahl mainframe computer ... ahem," he muttered, thereby revealing his age.)
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It would be a bad idea for client OSes to have direct access to the hardware. How could the host OS know what state the device was in? I don't think it's going to be possible to do what you ask.


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