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NAME

       vmware - VMware SVGA video driver

SYNOPSIS

       Section "Device"
         Identifier "devname"
         Driver "vmware"
         ...
       EndSection

DESCRIPTION

       vmware is an Xorg driver for VMware virtual video cards.

MODESETTING, XINERAMA AND RANDR12

       If  the  driver can connect to the "vmwgfx" kernel module on linux, it will attempt to use
       kernel modesetting and will then also use RandR12 for multiple output operation instead of
       Xinerama.  The  X  server log or the "xrandr" application can be used to determine whether
       RandR12 or Xinerama is actually used.

3D ACCELERATION

       If the driver can connect to the "vmwgfx" kernel module on linux, and the Virtual  Machine
       is set up to use 3D acceleration, the driver will try to use Gallium3D XA to accelerate 3D
       operations. It will also by default  enable  DRI,  the  Direct  Rendering  Infrastructure,
       primarily  for  accelerated  OpenGL.   If 3D acceleration is available, the driver will in
       addition  provide  an  additional   XVideo   adaptor   for   textured   video.   Gallium3D
       XA,ibxatracker.so"  and  the accelerated OpenGL driver, "vmwgfx_dri.so" is provided by the
       mesa distribution.

CONFIGURATION DETAILS

       Please refer to xorg.conf(5) for general configuration details.  This section only  covers
       configuration details specific to this driver.

       The driver auto-detects the version of any virtual VMware SVGA adapter.

       The following driver Options are supported:

       Option "HWCursor" "boolean"
              Enable or disable the HW cursor.  Default: off.

       Option "Xinerama" "boolean"
              Disable  or  enable  Xinerama support. Default: xinerama is enabled if the hardware
              supports it.

       Option "StaticXinerama" "string"
              Provide a static xinerama geometry that will be active at server startup  and  will
              not       be       overridden       at       runtime.       The      format      is
              "Width1xHeight1+Xoffset1+Yoffset1;Width2xHeight2+Xoffset2+Yoffset2"  and   so   on.
              Negative  offsets  are  not  supported. If the driver is using RandR12, this option
              should be used to place and enable outputs at driver  startup  time  or  else  when
              VMware tools is not used for that purpose.  Also please see option "GuiLayout".

       Option "GuiLayout" "string"
              A  synonym to option "StaticXinerama", since the latter name is somewhat misleading
              when RandR12 is favoured before Xinerarma.

       Option "AddDefaultMode" "boolean"
              Provide a default mode with a resolution identical to the resolution of  the  guest
              before  the  X  server  was  started.  The  X server will thus try to start without
              changing resolution. Default: on.

       Option "RenderAccel" "boolean"
              Try to accelerate render operations if the operations are reading  from  previously
              accelerated  contents (3D or video). This option is needed for 3D support. Default:
              on if 3D acceleration is supported. Otherwise off.

       Option "DRI" "boolean"
              Enable the Direct Rendering Infrastructure.  Default:  on  if  3D  acceleration  is
              supported and "RenderAccel" is enabled. Otherwise off.

       Option "DirectPresents" "boolean"
              Speed up OpenGL swapbuffers by skipping a copy operation. This provides some OpenGL
              swapbuffer speedups, but may cause performance  degradation  and  rendering  errors
              when  3D contents is read back for mixing with software rendered contents. Default:
              off.

       Option "HwPresents" "boolean"
              This is a developer convenience option and should not be used by distros or  normal
              users.  When  enabled,  it copies software rendered contents to a 3D surface before
              presenting it, so that the visible screen  is  always  present  on  a  3D  surface.
              Default: off.

       Option "RenderCheck" "boolean"
              This  is a developer convenience option and should not be used by distros or normal
              users. When enabled, it tries to use 3D acceleration  for  all  XRender  operations
              where 3D acceleration is supported, resulting in a considerable slowdown due to the
              increased number of readbacks of accelerated contents  from  host  to  guest.  This
              option  is  used  to verify that the accelerated Xrender paths works correctly with
              the "rendercheck" application. Default: off.

       SEE ALSO
              Xorg(1), xorg.conf(5), Xserver(1), X(7), xrandr(1)

AUTHORS

       Copyright (c) 1999-2007 VMware, Inc.