I have recently installed Vmware workstation 9 on Ubuntu 12.04 & i have migrated my VM's from windows to Ubuntu 12.04 . Now i am getting openGL error & it says no 3D acceleration as shown in pic below

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How Do I Fix It ?

  • What graphics drivers do you have? What graphics card? 'twould be helpful to give a specific model.
    – nanofarad
    Aug 29, 2012 at 14:56
  • Intel HD 3000 , Nvidia Optimus .... By the way it was working fine in windows 7 .
    – Qasim
    Aug 29, 2012 at 15:08
  • Optimus/hybrid is still under heavy development. Watch launchpad.net/~hybrid-graphics-linux for developments Aug 29, 2012 at 15:11
  • Did you install drivers for it?
    – nanofarad
    Aug 29, 2012 at 15:20
  • yes bumblebee is installed ...
    – Qasim
    Aug 29, 2012 at 15:22

3 Answers 3


Add the following to the .vmx file of the VM

mks.gl.allowBlacklistedDrivers = "TRUE"

Next, install the Mesa-libtxc_dxtn1 (aka the S3 texture compression), this will probably called something be different since you are on Ubuntu and I'm using OpenSUSE 12.2.

Chances are this will crash your VM like it does to mine and only a reboot will fix it. Trying nomodeset from the boot-loader then uses the Nvidia graphics (I think - my CPU usage still rockets with glxspheres) which then WON'T crash your VM.

FYI - I have tried this but I'm afraid 3D acceleration support with Bumblebee is totally shite on Linux.

  • I was having problems with VMware Workstation 9.0.0 not working after i updated the kernel to 3.5, on ubuntu 12.04. Then i uninstalled and installed version 9.0.1, and added the above line to my WinXP VMX file, and now i get full 3D support. Actually just tested Win 8, and Aero Glass is working as well. I have Intel HD 3000 VGA by the way. Dec 4, 2012 at 20:24
  • I have a system76 laptop with on board Intel graphics 4000 and was getting this error. Added the line gave me a warning, but it worked...just tested directX 3D support.
    – HDave
    Apr 2, 2013 at 4:35
  • I have also found that 3d does not work for shared VM. Make sure it is not shared !!!!!
    – ralu
    Sep 16, 2013 at 21:58
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    TRUE should be in double quotes
    – user204762
    Oct 29, 2013 at 10:22
  • 1
    +1. Works for Intel HD3000 on kubuntu 12.04 with VMWare Player 6. The mesa library package is called "libtxc-dxtn-s2tc0" on kubuntu 12.04. Jul 15, 2014 at 17:30

Installing Intel Driver Fixed Vmware 3D Acceleration https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads

Also install VA-API (Hardware Acceleration For Intel / AMD GPUs) Is there a power saving application similar to Jupiter?

No need to do any tweaks

  • Unfortunately, Intel(R) Linux* Graphics Installer for Ubuntu 12.04 is obsolete and Intel doesn't provide download link for that release in the page anymore. I then decided to install the driver from x-updates PPA ( support.steampowered.com/… ), but the error messages persisted. I then added mks.gl.allowBlacklistedDrivers = "TRUE" to the .vmx file and it now works. :)
    – Inoe
    Jun 11, 2013 at 10:38
  • @Inoe ...There is noting extra added in intel drivers ...only VA-API ....check my answer Intel Hardware Acceleration askubuntu.com/questions/285434/… .. install it
    – Qasim
    Jun 11, 2013 at 11:14
  • New version became available recently: askubuntu.com/a/850431/151837
    – Ho1
    Jan 2, 2017 at 20:41

@Xxx Xxx

I think you're wrong. If your virtual machines works without errors ("Hardware graphics acceleration is not available", "No 3D support is available from the host"), it may be because you have activated the "mks.gl.allowBlacklistedDrivers = TRUE" option in your vmx configuration file. If so, your virtual machines will explode shortly after boot. Try a game and see.

Many have tried the solution you propose and none of them works. Check out this thread: http://communities.vmware.com/message/2104179#2104179

Moreover, if you see there errors, YOU DO NOT HAVE graphics acceleration active in VMs.

Note: with Bumblebee (optirun vmware) you do not have graphics acceleration.

  • i have posted there as well ..... no aero in windows 7 .... mean no 3D accelration
    – Qasim
    Oct 4, 2012 at 0:40
  • mks.gl.allowBlacklistedDrivers = TRUE worked for me. although, before I tried this, I found the following page on the ubuntu forums, tried that, and it didn't work. Is it possible that both of these things together creates a fix? ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1531911 Mar 28, 2013 at 0:29
  • Actually, this does work for me (Running Altium Designer in a Windows 7 32-bit guest, on a 64-bit Ubuntu 13.04 host, with VMWare Player 6.0.0). Sep 30, 2013 at 15:31

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