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sevenmpd
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Good Afternoon Im looking for some advice/suggestions I have successfully installed virtualbox on linuux mint 20 and added windows 10 as a guest the only reason for installing windows is to run the Sky Go app.When running the Sky Go app it's struggling to stream so my question is there anything i can remove, disable etc in order to give the Sky Go move resources ?
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first off,installing the Virtualbox Guest additions into your VM, it is an option in the virtual machine when you are running,click on input and select insert guest additions CD
proceed with the installation as needed>
Make sure your Virtualization technology is enabled in BIOS(the exact name will vary depending on if you are running a intel or AMD cpu)
give the virtual machine about Half of your Ram and Half your CPU cores,enable 3D hardware acceleration and allow it 256mb VRAM(this is the maximum setting)
running the VM in a lower resolution might help out too,
however i can not give any concrete advice without knowing more about your machine,may you post the output of the

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inxi -F
command so we can know what we are working with as hardware?
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Re: Windows Guest

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Thank you for your reply I belive I have done what you suggested with the exception 'allow it 256mb VRAM' I cannot see how this is done. Maybe I should add that I have not had any problems running other VM's
hope this is the info you requested
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Re: Windows Guest

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I've NO EXPERIENCE with your particular app. My suggestion would be to set up a dual boot and run Wingewoes for the apps that need it, and, perhaps, forego and compatibility issues with running WINE or Virtualbox.
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with the exception 'allow it 256mb VRAM' I cannot see how this is done
In the virtual box manager click on your VM, then settings and then display.

As well as installing guest additions in win did you install the extension pack in VB?
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It's been a few months since I tried it, but I couldn't get Sky Go to work at any reasonable speed at all in a VirtualBox VM.

Fortunately, I kept the original Windows partition on my computer along with all the Linux ones I subsequently added, so if I ever need SkyGo, I boot up into that partition (Windows 7) to run it. It's the only thing I use that partition for.
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hydrurga thanks for your input I'm new to linux and I have thought about dual booting but have been put off by some of the comments about problems arising from dual booting.
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sevenmpd wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:51 am
hydrurga thanks for your input I'm new to linux and I have thought about dual booting but have been put off by some of the comments about problems arising from dual booting.
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Dual booting can *sometimes* be problematic, particularly if you install Windows after Linux. Not necessarily so though. You will find guides online on how to do it. If you do decide to do it, two things I would suggest:

(i) Make an image to an external drive of the important partitions on your main hard drive before you create a dual boot so that you can restore that image if things go awry. I use a Macrium Reflect ISO which I generate on a VirtualBox Windows VM but the usual go-to Linux tool for the job is Clonezilla. There are other options out there too. If you're ultra cautious, also back up all your documents to an external drive using a normal file backup tool.

(ii) Have BootRepairDisk on a bootable medium to hand - it's a useful tool if things go awry with partitioning and booting. Given that you may be doing some partitioning too, consider having a "Swiss Army knife" USB stick with GParted Live and something like MiniTool Partition Wizard (I'm old school and prefer using the former Linux tool for modifying Linux partitions and the latter Windows tool for modifying Windows partitions, but that's probably just me - it works fine for me so I keep doing it). Again, I'm unusual in using YUMI on my Windows VM to create that multi-ISO USB stick, but again there are other options.

I hope that doesn't make you nervous. It shouldn't. It's just being ready for all eventualities. If you have your partitions imaged, a good partitioning tool and BootRepairDisk handy on a bootable tools USB, good instructions to follow, and a nice mug of coffee then you can't go far wrong.
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A simple to use linux image backup utility - foxclone, https://foxclone.com/. And more info here viewtopic.php?f=47&t=315557&p=1784922&h ... e#p1784922
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Re: Windows Guest

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Thanks to all for your input after 'playing' around I may have an issue with windows/sky go but I also have a major problem with VBox. I tried on the VM windows youtube,netflix and amazon prime none of them would stream so I added a second VM in the form of Ubuntu 20 and nothing would stream so end of virtualbox.
i then installed virt-manager and added Ubuntu as guest not only did all the previous stream but also everything ran faster ! So for the moment I'll leave Virtualbox alone.
thanks for all the advice
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