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Setting Up the SVGA Video Driver for Use with a Windows 98 Guest Operating System Booted from a Physical Disk

This section explains how to configure the video driver in a Windows 98 physical disk installation using VMware Workstation. The steps below assume you are using Windows 98 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 98 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 98 and reboot the system.

8. Boot into your host operating system (Linux, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Server 2003).

9. Select Virtual Machine from the list of profiles when prompted.

10. Windows 98 auto-detects the virtual machine's devices and installs the device drivers.

11. When Windows detects the video card driver, select Search for the best driver.

12. When prompted to reboot, click No. The AMD PCNET driver is installed, followed by the IDE controller drivers.

13. When prompted to reboot, click Yes.

14. Select the Virtual Machine hardware profile.

15. After Windows 98 has completed booting, start the Add New Hardware wizard from the Control Panel.

16. Click Next, then Next again.

17. Select No, the device isn't in the list.

18. Click Yes, then click Next.

19. After all devices have been detected, click the Details button to list the detected non-Plug and Play devices.

20. Click Finish, then reboot the virtual machine when prompted.

21. Select the VMware Workstation configuration profile. Notice that an unknown monitor is detected and installed.

22. Install VMware Tools as outlined in Installing a Guest Operating System and VMware Tools.

23. Open the Device Manager. It should show that you have

  • Standard PCI Graphics Adapter
  • VMware SVGA Display Adapter
  • 24. Shut down the Windows 98 virtual machine and your host operating system.

    25. Boot natively into Windows 98, then start the Device Manager.

    26. Select the VMware SVGA device if listed, then click Remove.

    27. Select the Remove from Specific Configuration radio button, then select Physical Machine from the configuration list.

    28. Click OK, then reboot Windows 98 when prompted.

    29. Boot into Windows 98 natively and verify the display settings. You should be able to use the display driver that you installed natively before starting this procedure.

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