vmware

VMWARE(4)                   Kernel Interfaces Manual                   VMWARE(4)



NAME
       vmware - VMware SVGA video driver

SYNOPSIS
       Section "Device"
         Identifier "devname"
         Driver "vmware"
         ...
       EndSection

DESCRIPTION
       vmware is an Xorg driver for VMware virtual video cards.

MODESETTING, XINERAMA AND RANDR12
       If the driver can connect to the "vmwgfx" kernel module on linux, it will
       attempt to use kernel modesetting and will then also use RandR12 for
       multiple output operation instead of Xinerama. The X server log or the
       "xrandr" application can be used to determine whether RandR12 or Xinerama
       is actually used.

3D ACCELERATION
       If the driver can connect to the "vmwgfx" kernel module on linux, and the
       Virtual Machine is set up to use 3D acceleration, the driver will try to
       use Gallium3D XA to accelerate 3D operations. It will also by default
       enable DRI, the Direct Rendering Infrastructure, primarily for
       accelerated OpenGL.  If 3D acceleration is available, the driver will in
       addition provide an additional XVideo adaptor for textured video.
       Gallium3D XA,ibxatracker.so" and the accelerated OpenGL driver,
       "vmwgfx_dri.so" is provided by the mesa distribution.

CONFIGURATION DETAILS
       Please refer to xorg.conf(5) for general configuration details.  This
       section only covers configuration details specific to this driver.

       The driver auto-detects the version of any virtual VMware SVGA adapter.

       The following driver Options are supported:

       Option "HWCursor" "boolean"
              Enable or disable the HW cursor.  Default: off.

       Option "Xinerama" "boolean"
              Disable or enable Xinerama support. Default: xinerama is enabled
              if the hardware supports it.

       Option "StaticXinerama" "string"
              Provide a static xinerama geometry that will be active at server
              startup and will not be overridden at runtime.  The format is
              "Width1xHeight1+Xoffset1+Yoffset1;Width2xHeight2+Xoffset2+Yoffset2"
              and so on. Negative offsets are not supported. If the driver is
              using RandR12, this option should be used to place and enable
              outputs at driver startup time or else when VMware tools is not
              used for that purpose.  Also please see option "GuiLayout".

       Option "GuiLayout" "string"
              A synonym to option "StaticXinerama", since the latter name is
              somewhat misleading when RandR12 is favoured before Xinerarma.

       Option "AddDefaultMode" "boolean"
              Provide a default mode with a resolution identical to the
              resolution of the guest before the X server was started. The X
              server will thus try to start without changing resolution.
              Default: on.

       Option "RenderAccel" "boolean"
              Try to accelerate render operations if the operations are reading
              from previously accelerated contents (3D or video). This option is
              needed for 3D support. Default: on if 3D acceleration is
              supported. Otherwise off.

       Option "DRI" "boolean"
              Enable the Direct Rendering Infrastructure. Default: on if 3D
              acceleration is supported and "RenderAccel" is enabled. Otherwise
              off.

       Option "DirectPresents" "boolean"
              Speed up OpenGL swapbuffers by skipping a copy operation. This
              provides some OpenGL swapbuffer speedups, but may cause
              performance degradation and rendering errors when 3D contents is
              read back for mixing with software rendered contents. Default:
              off.

       Option "HwPresents" "boolean"
              This is a developer convenience option and should not be used by
              distros or normal users. When enabled, it copies software rendered
              contents to a 3D surface before presenting it, so that the visible
              screen is always present on a 3D surface. Default: off.

       Option "RenderCheck" "boolean"
              This is a developer convenience option and should not be used by
              distros or normal users. When enabled, it tries to use 3D
              acceleration for all XRender operations where 3D acceleration is
              supported, resulting in a considerable slowdown due to the
              increased number of readbacks of accelerated contents from host to
              guest. This option is used to verify that the accelerated Xrender
              paths works correctly with the "rendercheck" application. Default:
              off.


       SEE ALSO
              Xorg(1), xorg.conf(5), Xserver(1), X(7), xrandr(1)

AUTHORS
       Copyright (c) 1999-2007 VMware, Inc.



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