As an exercise, I’ve been setting up alternate versions of Mint in VirtualBox, partly to learn how VBox works and partly so I have the ability to replicate issues reported on the Forum. XFCE went in no problem. I’ve also easily replicated my MATE installation. Cinnamon, though, boots up with the following caution (in a text balloon on the desktop):
Running in software rendering mode
Cinnamon is currently running without video hardware acceleration and, as a result, you may observe much higher than normal CPU usage.
There could be a problem with your drivers or some other issue. For the best experience, it is recommended that you only use this mode for troubleshooting purposes.
I get this caution whether booting 18.1 or 18.2, whether live or installed, and on two versions of VBox, 5.0.40 in Linux and 5.1.26 in Windows. Both Cinnamon versions work fine booting directly from DVD or USB into both computers on which I’m testing this, one an old Win7 box and the other a Win8 upgraded to 10. So the ISOs and host hardware are fine. It’s something in the virtualization that’s going sideways and only with Cinnamon.
For reference, here’s the inxi output for a live 18.1 session. The others are similar.
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mint@mint ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System: Host: mint Kernel: 4.4.0-53-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.2.6 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.1)
Distro: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena
Machine: System: innotek (portable) product: VirtualBox v: 1.2
Mobo: Oracle model: VirtualBox v: 1.2
Bios: innotek v: VirtualBox date: 12/01/2006
CPU: Single core AMD A8-6410 APU with AMD Radeon R5 Graphics (-UP-) cache: 2048 KB
flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3) bmips: 3992 speed: 1996 MHz (max)
Graphics: Card: InnoTek Systemberatung VirtualBox Graphics Adapter
Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: vboxvideo (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.8, 128 bits)
GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card Intel 82801AA AC'97 Audio Controller
driver: snd_intel8x0 ports: d100 d200 bus-ID: 00:05.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-53-generic
Network: Card: Intel 82540EM Gigabit Ethernet Controller
driver: e1000 v: 7.3.21-k8-NAPI port: d010 bus-ID: 00:03.0
IF: enp0s3 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Partition: ID-1: / size: 859M used: 30M (4%) fs: overlay dev: N/A
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: None detected - is lm-sensors installed and configured?
Info: Processes: 145 Uptime: 20 min Memory: 398.6/1717.4MB
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.461) inxi: 2.2.35
Is this something which can be fixed? Or am I limited to the VirtualBox Graphics Adapter because that’s the nature of the beast? Will say, by the way, I’m seriously impressed with VBox. Considering the complexity of the problem, it runs damn well.