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Setting Up the SVGA Video Driver for a Windows 95 Guest Operating System Booted from a Raw Disk

Setting Up the SVGA Video Driver for a Windows 95 Guest Operating System Booted from a Raw Disk

This section explains how to configure the video driver in a Windows 95 raw disk installation using VMware Workstation. The steps below assume you are using Windows 95 as one of the operating systems in a dual-boot or multiple-boot configuration. Following these steps, you create separate hardware profiles for your virtual machine and your physical machine. For more details on hardware profiles, see Setting Up Hardware Profiles in Virtual Machines.

  1. Boot Windows 95 natively (not in a virtual machine).
  2. Right-click the My Computer icon on the desktop, then select Properties.
  3. Click the Hardware Profiles tab.
  4. Highlight the Original Configuration profile, then click Copy.
  5. Name the profile Virtual Machine, then click OK.

    You may also want to rename the Original Configuration profile to Physical Machine.

  6. Click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.
  7. Shut down Windows 95 and reboot the system.
  8. Boot into your host operating system (Linux, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Server 2003).
  9. Start the Windows 95 virtual machine.
  10. Select Virtual Machine from the list of profiles when prompted.
  11. If you are prompted to select the CPU Bridge, accept the default, then click OK.
  12. Restart Windows 95 when prompted.
  13. Again, select Virtual Machine from the list of profiles when prompted.
  14. When the video card is detected, you are prompted to select which driver you want to install for your new hardware. Click the Select from a list of alternate drivers radio button, then click OK.
  15. Select Display Adapters from the Select Hardware Type dialog box.
  16. Select Standard Display Adapter (VGA) from the device list, then click OK.
  17. Restart Windows 95 when prompted.
  18. Install VMware Tools as outlined in Installing a Guest Operating System and VMware Tools, then restart the virtual machine.
  19. Start the Device Manager and expand the Display adapters tree.
  20. Highlight VMware SVGA. Click Properties.
  21. Uncheck Physical Machine, then click OK. Click Close.
  22. Shut down Windows 95 and power off the virtual machine.
  23. Shut down your host operating system (Linux, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Server 2003) and reboot into Windows 95.
  24. Select the Physical Machine profile when prompted.
  25. Repeat steps 19 through 21 and uncheck Virtual Machine, leaving Physical Machine checked.

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