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  • Hi All,

    I have a GeForce GT525M  Graphics Card installed on my laptop. I am using Windows XP Virtual PC to let me play Spore as Windows XP is supported by Spore whereas Windows 7 is not. After an hour of searching for what my problem was, I found out that my XP virtual machine was using a virtual graphics card instead of my physical graphics card which supports what I need to play Spore.  I know that Virtual PC is not built for playing games but I really want to figure how to use my physical graphics card Instead of a virtual one for my benefit and for others benefit. 

    Any help as to how to use my physical graphics card would be greatly appreciated.

    Sunday, April 12, 2015 11:25 PM

Answers

  • You can't.  Virtual PC only presents the virtual video adapter to the
    virtual machine and there's not way to change that.
     
    VMWare and VirtualBox both support some enhanced video, but I don't know
    if they will do what you need, but I can bet the performance would not be
    very good, even if it worked.  virtualization just doesn't work well for
    any real-time activity, especially games.
     
     

    Bob Comer
    Sunday, April 12, 2015 11:33 PM
  • No, its not possible to use main graphic card in virtual XP. 

    You may try VMWare, it provide better graphics comapred to XP mode. 


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    Sunday, April 12, 2015 11:36 PM
    Moderator
  • Unfortunately you can't use the physical graphic card. You cannot install graphic card driver either. It uses virtual hardware platform (there are exception of some USB devices).

    Just set up a dual boot system and boot to XP when necessary that's the way you can use the physical graphic card.

     

    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP


    Sunday, April 12, 2015 11:46 PM

All replies

  • I need to run Pixel Shader 2.0 and Direct X
    Sunday, April 12, 2015 11:28 PM
  • You can't.  Virtual PC only presents the virtual video adapter to the
    virtual machine and there's not way to change that.
     
    VMWare and VirtualBox both support some enhanced video, but I don't know
    if they will do what you need, but I can bet the performance would not be
    very good, even if it worked.  virtualization just doesn't work well for
    any real-time activity, especially games.
     
     

    Bob Comer
    Sunday, April 12, 2015 11:33 PM
  • No, its not possible to use main graphic card in virtual XP. 

    You may try VMWare, it provide better graphics comapred to XP mode. 


    Arnav Sharma | http://arnavsharma.net/ Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    Sunday, April 12, 2015 11:36 PM
    Moderator
  • Unfortunately you can't use the physical graphic card. You cannot install graphic card driver either. It uses virtual hardware platform (there are exception of some USB devices).

    Just set up a dual boot system and boot to XP when necessary that's the way you can use the physical graphic card.

     

    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP


    Sunday, April 12, 2015 11:46 PM
  • Thanks for the help! :D
    Monday, April 13, 2015 12:39 AM