So, I was playing Crysis for a few minutes last night, and it was actually feeling pretty good. FPS was between 80 and 110, didn’t notice any major drops or glitches. Then the VM bluescreened. It said somemthing about memory managment, and the component that failed was win32kbase.sys. So I’m not sure if that’s a symptom of switching “chipsets” and windows is freaking out, or what.
After that I tried to enable hugepages, but it’s not working right. The VM fails to boot when hugepages is enabled in the config file. I added hugepages=2048 to grub and regenerated it.
When I do
cat /proc/meminfo | grep Huge I get
AnonHugePages: 0 kB
ShmemHugePages: 0 kB
Hugepagesize: 2048 kB
So I think hugepages is enabled. Not sure.
And yeah, I was thinking about getting an external HD. I kind of like the idea of stripping one for the drive, and giving the VM the entire drive. My ideal solution would be to use my fileserver as VM storage, but the gigabit network would be a bottleneck. I was fantasizing about 10Gb ethernet the other night, but the only cheap 10Gb NIC right now are fiber-based.