[mythtv-users] Anyone have any luck running Myth in VMWare?

Jarom McDonald jarom_mcdonald at byu.edu
Mon Aug 6 15:24:46 UTC 2007

The problem with Myth in the virtual machine may not be VMWare at all;
it may be Vista, which takes an enormous amount of resources. A few
things to check:
1) make sure that you have the VMWare settings to reserve the entire 1GB
of RAM for the virtual machine. This isn't the default; by default,
VMware shares all the memory, so Vista may be hogging too much of it,
causing your VM to start swapping.
2) Additionally, even if you've got a full 1GB reserved for the virtual
machine, there's also about 100 MB of overhead, so if Vista is left with
only 900MB of ram it may be doing some swapping itself, clogging up your
disk I/O. Try creating your virtual machine on a separate physical disk,
if that's possible.
3) Try it on XP, as others have suggested, which is a far less
resource-intensive OS.

Let me know if your have any luck with Parallels instead. I know that
for Mac OS X, it's really a bastardized virtualization option, as it
can't even access both cores of a Duo Core machine. I don't know what
its  track record on Windows is, though.

Jarom McDonald

David Whyte wrote:
> On 8/6/07, Matt Emmott <memmott at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I think he's actually rolling back his Vista install to a clean XP install,
>> so it might be an option. :)
> A couple of points:
> - I had myth running in VMware just fine.  Using XP host, Ubuntu 7.04
> (pre-release) guest on a 2GHz laptop (old Pentium M chip, not dual
> core).  I made the move to linux on the laptop though so I blew the
> client away, sorry!
> - I don't think winmyth works with the latest version of mythTV.  I
> never got it to work good *ever* regardless of the mythTV version.
> - There was another client called Tapeworm or something.  I had some
> good success with that but I have no idea where it is up to now.  Try
> searching the mailing list for the web page.
> HTH's
> Whytey
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Jarom McDonald
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Humanities Technology and Research Support Center
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