locuust wrote:Does Win7 give you a grace period on activation like XP did?
Yes it does. Im doing some testing using the Windows 7 iso download from Digital River. Wanted to be sure things work before I open the seal on the liscened copy I bought and couldn't return it anymore. Looks like it is 3 days before you have to enter the activation key.
Yeah, it looks like I should be fine on this. It's really too bad I had an ID10T error and my windows partition got wiped. I reinstalled on the same machine inside a Xen DomU.
powerhouse wrote:c) You could also use your keyboard and mouse without passing the PCI device through (using the USB=1 and/or tablet=1 settings in the win7.cfg file). Frankly I have no experience with this.
So I gave this a try. Did not have to do anything really to set it up. The catch is- you have to have vncviewer running. What happens is: the vncviewer screen gets through to the 'starting windows' screen. Then video switchers to the graphics card, but vnc just keeps displaying the 'starting windows' screen. As long as the mouse is inside the vnc window on the host, then the keyboard and mouse is passed through to windows which is displayed on the other video card. If vnc is closed then there is no control over the mouse or keyboard.
Yeah, I experienced this loading Win7 last night. It's... interesting. For me the mouse pointer in VNC and the virtual one (the dot) weren't in sync so it was a pain to click on anything at the edges of the screen. Basically the mouse pointer trailed behind the dot you control directly. So I'd get to the edge of the VNC terminal and the mouse pointer would be stuck somewhere in the middle of the screen. /shrug. I just used keyboard shortcuts as much as possible to navigate. Ultimately I'll be using something else for keyboard/mouse.
gordon.cooke wrote:I am using an AMD Radeon HD5450 card (made by Saphire). I have now successfully got Windows 7 64 bit running as domU with a Mint 13 dom0!!!
Grats. AMD really does seem to be the way to go for passthrough. I had zero issues there. Didn't get to try any games before I went to bed though.
At first I tried downloading the Catalyst driver software from the AMD website. But that wouldnt make the card work and kept failing to install any driver. In device manager the graphics card was listed with the little yellow triangle (since it wasnt working) and had no driver. I noticed it was just labeled as a generic VGA. This is the key problem. The AMD installing must be checking for what hardware is installed, windows doesnt report an AMD card, and the insatller doesnt do anything with respect to drivers.
The catalyst driver didn't detect my card at first and then I realized I had commented out the passthrough when testing something else earlier in the day. Duh. Once I reloaded with it uncommented catalyst had no problem finding it.
When I tried going through device manager and finding a driver for the device, nothing was found automatically (just reported it was already the most current driver for a generic VGA). When I tried picking a driver I noticed that the most current choices were a Radeon HD 4xxx (this was a Win7 SP1 install).
What worked was:
[*]That was enough direction that Windows was able to find the correct driver and at that point the identity of the graphics card changed to be Radeon HD 5450
[*]My windows required a restart and the graphics worked[/list]
Strange. All I did was install just the drivers first (deselected everything else in the custom setup). Reboot, and then install everything else. Maybe the difference was that I didn't have my card passed when I was loading windows. It didn't have a chance to detect and install a generic driver for the card.
With my build I'll probably try uninstalling cinnamon and installing Mate without reinstalling. I don't really feel like setting everything up again if I can help it. I've also decided to make room for a second monitor. My dad has a screen he repaired with a few a few capacitors and a ergotron mount just like mine he's never used. He's donating it to the cause
After working with the two screens this last week I remembered how much I miss it. This way I can look stuff up in my Dom0 while I'm playing a game on my DomU.
I have a second sound card to pass now too so I don't need to mess around with HDMI audio. The real fun is cleaning up my workspace this morning so I have room for the second screen. Oh, I did some brief testing of HD video streaming and it seems to do fairly well with the open source driver. Screen tearing seemed minimal. I feel like my cpu usage was a little high, but then I don't have a frame of reference for running in a Dom0 (not to mention I have it pinned to two processors atm).
I wrote a Howto on building a custom Xen kernel. Later, when I've cleaned it up and let my dad give it a try I'll post/link it here. When my dad heard what I was doing with Xen he ordered the same motherboard and processor. lol. All he's got is nvidia video cards though. He said he might give it a try despite that. lol. If he succeeds I'll post the details of that as well.