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Enabling 3D Acceleration In VMware

I'm running Vmware Fusion virtualization Windows XP Pro on a Mac OS X operating system. How do I enable Direct3D acceleration? How do I install proper drivers so the VMWare can make use of the Mac's video card? I'm not able to play games inside the VMWare.
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strungCommented:
What OS are you running? The 10.6.3 update released yesterday is supposed to have improved VMWare graphics:

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/192811/inside_apples_os_x_1063_update.html
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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
I'm running Mac OS X 10.5.8. Do I have to pay for this software update?
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strungCommented:
The upgrade from OS 10.5.x to 10.6 is $29. The upgrade from 10.6 to 10.6.3 is free.

10.6 will run only on Intel chip Macs, not on the older PPC chip Macs.
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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
Is there anywhere I can legally download this? Or do I need the CD
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strungCommented:
You need the CD to upgrade to OS 10.6. Any Mac store will have it.
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mr_roadCommented:
Firstly have you installed VMWare tools for On the XP VM; that can solve many many issues.
You may have to edit the .vmx file to enable the 3D Acceleration, this used to be the case.

You say you are running 10.5.8, there was an issue with 10.5.7 that broke the 3D acceleration:

http://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/2009/05/a-message-to-mac-users-with-atibased-system-about-apples-mac-os-x-1057.html

Also what version of Fusion are you running?
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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
I'm running Fusion 1.0, vmware tools is already installed, but I haven't tampered with any of its settings. How and what would I have to edit in the .vmx file?
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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
I'm running Fusion 1.0, vmware tools is already installed, but I haven't tampered with any of its settings. How and what would I have to edit in the .vmx file?
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strungCommented:
That is pretty old. I think Fusion is up to Ver. 3 now.
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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
I'll get my hands on that update and see what happens then
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MyndexCommented:
Fusion 1.0 is not appropriate for running games at playable speeds, even with 3D acceleration which is typically on by default.

Benchmarks show that Parallels (currently at version 5.0) has much better speeds for graphics. If you want to play games that use 3D graphics, then use Parallels instead of VMware Fusion.


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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
Problem not fixed. replies were helpful.
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