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is fedora an absolute requirement or can we use Mint debian instead?

I want to try running 3 instances of starcraft broodwar on my sig rig.
If this works i can have a LAN party with only 1 rig!
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I've just finished this. I didn't followed this howto (that seems to be well done), I didn't used a GUI and I did many things differently, but it works. It just took me one day, i'm surprised of that.

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Originally Posted by edalbkrad View Post

is fedora an absolute requirement or can we use Mint debian instead?
I want to try running 3 instances of starcraft broodwar on my sig rig.
If this works i can have a LAN party with only 1 rig!

With enough time and effort anythings possible. biggrin.gif Fedora's not a requirement, but it will make the install a little different if you use a different distro. I'm running Debian Squeeze.
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Anybody who manage to do it can post a gaming benchmark?
    
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Anybody who manage to do it can post a gaming benchmark?

I could give Heaven a try tonight. What game do you want me to try? Preferably something free. tongue.gif

I posted a link to my 3DMark Vantage score on the last page.
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I could give Heaven a try tonight. What game do you want me to try? Preferably something free. tongue.gif
I posted a link to my 3DMark Vantage score on the last page.

Didn't saw the 3dmark vantage, pretty cool.

I have no idea for a free game bench...
I would like to see some real in-game performance on heavy game.
    
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Didn't saw the 3dmark vantage, pretty cool.
I have no idea for a free game bench...
I would like to see some real in-game performance on heavy game.

Played some Half Life 2 last night on it and it never dropped below 140fps. laughingsmiley.gif Guess I should install BF3...

Heaven was 10-90fps at 1280x1024. Forget what the score was. This isn't my main box so it has to deal with the old monitor for now.
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I apologize ahead of time if this is a noob idea/question.


Hypothetically - Assuming some small modifications and building the perfect VM gaming machine(multiple gpus etc) .....could you.....

Run essentially a networked gaming rig?

Have 2 maybe more? (how many more in theory?)

networked peripherals....

Sidebar: Is there software out there that can split your peripheral inputs mice, keyboard, monitors, controllers. (not like a KVM) That can essentially allocate certain peripheral inputs to designated VMs.

- Similar to fullscreen mode in gaming... each separate display (VM) is run full screen and has separate inputs. Diagram

I am not a programmer, but it seems like if there wasn't it could be created.

Now I have been a PC gamer my entire life. I have owned consoles but they receive maybe 10% of time average and 30% on a new release.

One example of why I see value here.
Lan's
Why do they suck?
-who wants to lug around their tower/peripherals?
-take down- setup - take down
- You cant even console lan anymore because all games are xbox live only (etc)
- Expensive when you think .... for every person there they have 1k ish in electronics......
- I could go on but I am sure your thinking what im thinking....

How we could bring lans back....
- To go to a lan....... all you need is peripheral inputs and in my mind...... a display device with bluetooth or Intel WIDI - you dont even need to lug a monitor -
- Lan center? Setup a few of these bad boys and all you need is a bunch of displays

Anyways. I am a noob. This is probably impossible. But please ANYONE AND EVERYONE comment/critique/critisize/ explain why it could work/ why it couldnt work. ANYTHING

Haha thanks. Appreciate your guys time!

TL; DR Networked Gaming Station Viable>?smile.gif
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If I get what you mean, the short answer is yes.

You can pass through USB controllers. So say you had 4 video cards and 4 USB controllers (each with 2 USB ports)(very common for motherboards to have at least this). You could pass through a video card and USB controller to each VM. Plug a keyboard/mouse or controller for each VM into their respective USB ports. Voila, 4 gaming machines running off of one bad-ass computer. Keep in mind that you'll probably need at least a quad-core i7. (One physical core and one logical pinned per VM with dom0 floating across all of them). 8-core Sandy Xeon would be better...

The easiest way to get sound would be by using HDMI from the video cards for both video and sound.

You can have them all share a single bridged network adapter.

You can also pass through USB devices by ID instead of just passing the controller through, but it's harder to set up and IMO not as convenient as saying these are VM1's USB ports, these are VM2's, etc.
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I'm back in the game of setting up a Xen system with VGA passthrough (had hardware/memory problems).

Here is what I've installed so far:

Linux Mint 13 64bit Mate desktop with Xen hypervisor.

My hardware:
Asus Sabertooth X79
i7 3930K with VT-d enabled !!!
32GB RAM
PNY Quadro 600 graphics card (Nvidia chipset)
120GB SSD drive for Linux and (future) Windows 7 Ult VM, with / and /home (and the VMs) using LVM.
2x WD2000EARX 2TB drives for data, using LVM
3-4 more HDs to add once everything is running.
DVD r/w

My questions:

1. Any chance of getting my Quadro 600 GPU work with VGA passthrough?
2. I don't really need a 2nd GPU but I also spend 50% of the time in Linux and would it be better to let the dom0 have its own GPU (instead of running Windows VM to access Linux via VNC or similar)?
3. Can I boot the Xen dom0 (my Linux desktop) and have access to the VGA, then start the Windows domU and switch the VGA to the Windows guest? And vice versa, exit Windows and go back to Linux dom0 so that it takes over control of the VGA?
4. If it would be better to have 2 VGA cards, can I mix Nvidia and AMD graphics cards? Of what I'm reading here, AMD seems to have better support for VGA passthrough and I would then get a card that's known to work with VGA passthrough. On the other hand, I much prefer to pass through my Nvidia Quadro card to Windows because of its enhanced graphics properties for photo editing.

I know this how-to was written for Fedora, but I have a real hard time getting along with Fedora. Some here have succeeded using Debian, I wonder how much similarity there would be to Linux Mint 13 Maya which is based on Ubuntu 12.04 with Mate desktop? I could also install Linux Mint LMDE which is Debian by nature. Any suggestions?

I've read different approaches to getting VGA passthrough work, and am confused about how to make it work. Your help is appreciated.
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