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VM VirtualBox -Host XP OS gives only 50% of the CPU resources to the Guest XP OS.

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Hi Guys. I am running VM VirtualBox on a Pentium 4 PC. I share 3 GB between Host XP and Guest XP.

I am not asking about slowness because I know you will tell me to move from the Pentium 4 to a better processor.

Host XP OS gives only 50% of the CPU resources to the Guest XP OS.(Comparing from the Windows Task Manager CPU Usage of the 2 XP instances)

Any Ideas why I can`t get all the CPU resources to the Guest OS?

Take care..
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by:John Hurst
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You could try VMware Workstation. It has specific settings for priority of the guest machines.

However, a properly built windows machine (host or guest) should run at about 2% CPU at idle. CPU is used only when demanded (at least on my machines). So then if I do something with my XP guest (or Vista guest) it gets the CPU it needs.

VMware Workstation also allows you to manage guest memory. This is a bit different in that the host machine needs memory to work and VMware will normally allot about have the memory to guests but you can allocate more than 50% to guests (but never 100%).  

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by:New_Alex
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Thanks thinkpads_

I have tried VMware Workstation though. You are right there are many tweaks available there. But the major problem with VMware that I can not find a workaround is with mouse. The scroll wheel jumps too quickly. 5-6 lines every click.........This is in VMware Workstation...



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by:John Hurst
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I never had that problem, and that normally occurs because the VMware Tools have not been installed. If the Tools are installed, you can tweak the mouse, but I never had to do that.

I am using VMware V7 right now and have used every version from V1 through V7. I think I was on V4 with a pentium 4. Version 7 (current) may need more than a Pentium 4. Most modern software does.

Also my comments about CPU usage should apply to any virtualization product. Make sure your guest and host machines are properly set up.

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This is the solution.....

Pentium 4 HyperThreading is two threads per physical core, creating two logical cores which the OS interprets as two CPUs.

Despite VirtualBox, VMware can see these 2 cores in the host. You will need to assign 2 processors to the Guest in order to get the full out of your processing power !!!

That solved the problem.....


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by:New_Alex
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Simply because this is the only right answer matey.....So accept it and don't ask too much !!!!!
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