Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sluggish mouse on w2k8r2 and w7

(Poor mouse performance on Windows 2008 R2 virtual machine or a Windows 7 virtual machine)

Cause

The virtual machine is using the SVGA video driver supplied by VMware Tools not the WDDM video driver.

Resolution

Update the driver for the video card to use the WDDM driver that is available after VMware Tools is installed. The virtual machine must be at hardware version 7 or 8 to use the WDDM driver. For additional information, see WDDM and XPDM graphics driver support with ESX 4.x,5.x, (1016770).

To update the driver for the video card to use the WDDM driver:

Right-click the desktop and click Screen resolution.
Click Advanced Settings.
Click Properties.
Click the Driver tab.
Click Update Driver.
Click Browse my computer for driver software.
Enter this location or click Browse and navigate to it:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\wddm_video
Click Next. The driver is installed and you see a screen confirming that Windows has finished installing the driver for VMware SVGA 3D.
Reboot the virtual machine to enable the new video driver.

 

This is from http://VMware.com (sorry I don't have the exact link handy)

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