On VMware ESXI 5.1 using GPU passthrough, I cannot run the NVIDIA Control Panel and dxdiag shows svga adaptor

Answer ID 3318
Published 06/21/2013 02:01 PM
Updated 07/01/2013 10:02 AM
On VMware ESXI 5.1 using GPU passthrough, I cannot run the NVIDIA Control Panel and dxdiag shows svga adaptor

The display is not set to the K1 card in the VM.

It is a problem with the VMWare setup and the workaround is the following:

You don’t disable the vSGA GPU shown in the Device Manager but you make the K2 the PRIMARY display adapter.

You need to make the SECOND display which corresponds to the K2 card display to be the active monitor and also the desktop should only show on this 2nd display.
See image below:  You need “2” to be the display device and the desktop to be shown ONLY on this device (“2” in the picture).  You may need to hit “DETECT” to get it to be recognized in the Microsoft Display Control panel shown.

It is challenging to get this setting to take due to the need to hit “yes” in the Microsoft control panel and you may not be able to see it.

As a workaround, use something like ULTRAVNC to remotely access this VM, set the number 2 display and then try and hit the VM from View at that point.

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