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Improving Sierra performance in VMWare?

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Hi, I've just installed Sierra in VMWare from a distro and everything seems to be working fine, except for the graphics performance. I have the newest tools installed and I've tried using the beamoff app. That, unfortunately, doesn't work on Sierra, since Apple has started using Metal instead of OpenGL.

 

Any ideas?

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What are you having problems with?
what software.

you only have 128mb of virtual graphics memory so there is one problem except for that you shouldnt get any "normal" lag problems with the windows but if you try to run anything 3D intensive of course that wont work at all really.

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That's my point. Is there a way to perhaps give it more memory? I'd like to use it with final cut, but really don't want to give up siri...

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No you can't do that in vmware (workstation) nobody have figured out how to do that.

you can make a hackintosh and maybe get that to work if you have the correct parts in your machine but i know this isn't what you are asking about im just letting you now about that solution.

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Good to know, thanks Zenith. Is there anything that needs to be done other than installing new tools? For me it seems like graphics have actually degraded over last 2 or 3 tool releases...

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Just install VMwareGfx.kext from darwin.iso 8.5.5.

I downloaded darwin.iso 8.5.3 posted by MSoK to double check.

The one from 8.5.3 contains the 2D Accelerator code.

In 8.5.5, it's been removed.

There's noticeable shrinkage in the size of VMwareGfx binary (in MacOS subfolder.)  The size of 8.5.3 is 304504.  The size of 8.5.5 is 106992.

Good to know, thanks Zenith. Is there anything that needs to be done other than installing new tools? For me it seems like graphics have actually degraded over last 2 or 3 tool releases...

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Ty again Zenith. I extracted the package and used Pacifist to force install the newest kext. I'll post back if I notice a difference.

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Ty again Zenith. I extracted the package and used Pacifist to force install the newest kext. I'll post back if I notice a difference.

How did you go about installing it, not sure what a kext is. Also confused, you are running macOS Sierra on a PC? That is what it sounds like, but Zenith's response is about vmware fusion, that is a virtual machine to be ran on an actual mac. Is he saying that we can run the fusion tools in place of vmware tools?

 

Update:

I did run the tools from this download, but did not see much if any performance increase. Maybe I'll need to force install like you mentioned, except it did not appear to be any setbacks the normal way.

 

http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/files/file/31-vmware-tools-for-os-x-darwiniso/

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