How To Fix Windows 2008 Mouse Lag in VMware Virtual CenterPrint This Post
Recently I installed a couple of Windows 2008 R2 servers. After the installation, I suffered from the classic symptoms of Vmware tools not being installed. I had checked and all of the drivers installed, so I decided to check the Vmware KB and found this KB article #1011709. The article explained that poor mouse tracking performance was due to Windows 7 or Windows 2008 server installing the wrong video driver.
By default Windows 2008 or Windows 7 installs the XPDM driver which is the Windows XP/2003 Driver Model when the Vmware tools are installed. The Vmware tools drivers install into the “C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers” folder. So the fix is to update the drivers to the WDDM or Windows Display Driver Model.
How to fix it:
- Update to ESX 4.0 Update 1
- Open “Device Manager” -> “Display Adapter
- Right click on “Standard VGA Graphics Adapter” and select “Update Driver Software”
- Click on “Browse my computer for driver software” and find the directory of “C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\wddm_video”
- Once it is installed you will need to reboot
How to fix it without ESC 4.0 Update 1:
When installing the Vmware tools deselect the drivers included with ESX 4.0. During the install select custom or modify in the installer and then deselect the SVGA (XPDM) driver.
Note: Make sure the virtual machine hardware is version 7. If you end up with a black screen, raise the video to 32MB in virtual center.
How to video: