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Experimental Support for Direct3D
VMware Workstation includes experimental support for Direct3D video acceleration. This feature is not fully functional.
Caution: Features with experimental support are not intended to be enabled on production systems. Enabling 3-D acceleration may cause the host or guest to crash, causing you to lose data, even if 3-D applications are not active.
Note: To take advantage of the experimental 3-D capabilities of Workstation, the virtual machine must be running the version of VMware Tools that corresponds to the version of Workstation you are using to run it. So a virtual machine running on Workstation 5.0 must be running the version of VMware Tools provided with Workstation 5.0. A virtual machine running on Workstation 5.5 must be running the version of VMware Tools provided with Workstation 5.5. If you move the virtual machine and want to use the 3-D capabilities, be sure you have the correct version of VMware Tools installed.
Experimental support for Direct3D acceleration is described in the following sections: