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Audience for Direct3D Experimental Support

Workstation provides this feature for advanced customers who want to explore an in-progress implementation of 3-D acceleration.

Technical support for accelerated 3-D is not yet provided for Workstation. However, we encourage you to file a Support Request so we can evaluate problems you might experience with accelerated 3-D. Please review Helping VMware with Experimental Support before you file a support request.

Accelerated 3-D Limitations

Experimental support for Direct3D applies only to Windows 2000 and Windows XP guests, on hosts running Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Linux.

Experimental support has the following limitations:

  • Workstation accelerates DirectX 8 applications, and DirectX 9 applications that use only the subset of DirectX 8.
  • Support for 3-D applications is not optimized for performance.
  • OpenGL applications run in software emulation mode.
  • Not all aspects of 3-D acceleration are enabled. The following 3-D features are not accelerated:

  • Pixel and vertex shaders
  • Multiple vertex streams
  • Hardware bump-mapping, environment mapping
  • Projected textures
  • Textures with one, three, or four dimensions
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