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    Hi all. I wonder what is the actual difference between OSE and "regular" version of Virtualbox technicaly speaking and if OSE version support gaming (3D acceleration) and what do I need enable it? I currently have "regular" version of VB with Win xp guest on suse 11.1, but when trying to run games I get an error saying something like "3D acceleration is not enabled". Any advice welcome, thanks.

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    on the video section of the VM check the box 3D acceleration enable, but
    not all games detect the virtual video card as a video card, it failed
    on Need for speed 3 and World of Warcraft for me

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    on the video section of the VM check the box 3D acceleration enable, but
    not all games detect the virtual video card as a video card, it failed
    on Need for speed 3 and World of Warcraft for me
    thanks, I did check that box, but still now luck. Now when trying to run the game (Indiana Jones & Emperors Tomb) it doesn't say anything, it just closes. The same hapens when I try to run a 3d graphics testing (don't remember the application's name), instead of doing the tests,application just closes. The game is already a bit old and definetly should run with my geforce 7800 GT. What about directx? I did install it in Win Xp guest machine, could this cause the problem? What version and type of VirtualBox do you use VampirD? Thanks again for help.

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    There is a long way to go IMO before you can expect good results.

    Wine will be more likely to work. Add the Wine repo
    Index of /repositories/Emulators:/Wine/openSUSE_11.2
    then in software management go to the repo filter, select wine repo, check wine to install.

    You need to run: winecfg after install of wine
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    Wine will be more likely to work. Add the Wine repo
    nope, it runs the game, however for some strange reason, the gamming is getting slower and slower after a few minutes and the game gets hardly playable. Moreover some textures on people faces are missing.
    There is a long way to go IMO before you can expect good results.
    possibly, but I would like to give it try since wine doesn't work as expected

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    Would you like to try crossover. I can PM you a link to download a free version.
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    Would you like to try crossover. I can PM you a link to download a free version.
    yes, please

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    As far as I know, Virtualbox uses the same base code as Wine to translate 3d Directx calls into OpenGL calls in the Linux host. So, if a 3d game won't work in Wine due to a broken api, then it is unlikely to work in Vbox.

    Also Virtualbox does not (and is not likely to ever) have direct access to the graphics card on your system, so performance will always be worse than using an operating system that can have direct access (either with Wine in Linux or just using Windows on another partition just for gaming).

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    Have you tried using sdl drawing mode by starting VirtualBox from a console like this:

    VirtualBox --startVM [name] --rmode sdl

    Starting with VirtualBox 2.2 the default drawing mode was changed and some linux distributions work better using the previous sdl default. There is a bug report here:

    #3900 (Slow (text) scrolling with VirtualBox 2.2.x) - VirtualBox

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    Have you tried using sdl drawing mode by starting VirtualBox from a console like this:

    VirtualBox --startVM [name] --rmode sdl
    will give it a try, thanks

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