[Solved] Guest Additions 5.x not supporting Win7 DirectX anymore

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[Solved] Guest Additions 5.x not supporting Win7 DirectX anymore

Postby DdB » 11. Mar 2018, 13:33

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Hello,

among the many Guests, i am using from my debian-stretch box is one Win7 VM used for gaming (mostly). Until yesterday, i was still on VBox 5.1.34, today, i upgraded to 5.2.8. Unfortunately i did not install guest additions during my preliminary tests. But now, after installing them, i am getting errors (caused by a program in autostart, that is using more graphics). (2 messageboxes showing the error uploaded).
Just for fun i went on to start from a snapshot without the new GA (still on 5.1.34) and there, the only problem is, that vbox is asking for the newer GA's to be installed. :-)

What to do from here?
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Re: Guest Additions 5.x not supporting Win7 DirectX anymore

Postby mpack » 11. Mar 2018, 13:52

Please provide a VM log file. With the VM fully shut down, right click it in the GUI. Select "Show Log" and save "VBox.log" (no other file) to a zip file. Attach the zip here.
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Re: Guest Additions 5.x not supporting Win7 DirectX anymore

Postby DdB » 12. Mar 2018, 02:08

Hey mpack,

you were so fast! Even on a sunday. I wasn't expecting that and - unfortunately - i do not get notifications from the forum.

I just reverted to the snapshot with the newest GA and let it create a logfile. Do not get confused, that VM is living since many years and contains quite a number of non standard configurations. The latter being unrelated to the new problem, as seen from the test (old GA still working fine). Could possibly be a regression???
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Re: Guest Additions 5.x not supporting Win7 DirectX anymore

Postby mpack » 12. Mar 2018, 09:54

I'm sure you understand that DirectX calls in the guest are redirected to the OpenGL API on the host. I'm not entirely sure what's going on here, but I do not see the OpenGL interface being initialized, not even an attempt. Also (and perhaps this is related) I see that the host OpenGL vendor strings are "X.Org, Gallium, 3.0 Mesa", which I believe means a software OpenGL renderer on the host (though I don't claim to be a Linux host expert).

Is there anything unusual about your setup? Perhaps a nested VM?
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Re: Guest Additions 5.x not supporting Win7 DirectX anymore

Postby socratis » 12. Mar 2018, 18:43

mpack wrote:I see that the host OpenGL vendor strings are "X.Org, Gallium, 3.0 Mesa", which I believe means a software OpenGL renderer on the host (though I don't claim to be a Linux host expert).
Yes, you're absolutely right, this is the software rendering engine in case the host doesn't have hardware 3D acceleration available.
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Re: Guest Additions 5.x not supporting Win7 DirectX anymore

Postby DdB » 12. Mar 2018, 22:07

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Hello mpack,

this is interesting bit of info. I dont know. This is server grade hardware (with all ECC memory) but with cheap graphics, as i rarely need it, BUT...
Previously, there has not been a problem. I am going to attach the log from before updating guest additions for comparison.

And since it used to work just fine, methinks this might be a regression. What do you think?
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Re: Guest Additions 5.x not supporting Win7 DirectX anymore

Postby DdB » 14. Mar 2018, 05:36

Hi again,

i finally came to notice my mistake:
After so many years, the ways to make use of VBox are mostly automated (or on autopilot), just as updating the guest additions on a new (minor/major) release was. And while using the automation, i missed a detail:
Installing the DirectX part required safe-mode, which i neglected. After reinstalling in safe-mode, all is fine now.
Sorry for bothering and - please - mark this as solved!

Cheers
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Re: Guest Additions 5.x not supporting Win7 DirectX anymore

Postby socratis » 14. Mar 2018, 05:48

DdB wrote:Sorry for bothering and - please - mark this as solved!

No harm done, and... done, marking as [Solved].
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