new box

Verde Denim tdldev at
Mon Jun 1 20:44:04 UTC 2009

On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 1:37 PM, Preston Hagar <prestonh at> wrote:

> On Sun, May 31, 2009 at 12:48 PM, Verde Denim <tdldev at> wrote:
> > All
> > Just built a new machine...
> > AMD quad-core X64 Phenom 2 on a GIGABYTE mobo with an NVIDIA XFX GTS 1GB
> > DDR3 graphics card
> > flying 16GB of Corsair 1600 DDR RAM.
> > (originally a game box for my son but he bought an alien so it's mine)
> >
> > It seems most of the components will run with Ubuntu, but the dilemma is
> > this -
> > I want to run Ubuntu as a primary with Win as a virtualbox within it.
> I've
> > had some scary slow performance problems in the past
> > running mickysoft in virtual under Ubuntu.
> >
> > Have others here on the list got an opinion strongly in 1 direction or
> the
> > other (win w/ubuntu as virtual vs ubuntu w/win as virtual?)
> > my school uses win, as well as a few things at work, but I try and do
> > everything I can under linux as of a few years ago, and, aside
> > from the occasional gameplay, I don't miss the dumbed down OS environment
> at
> > all.
> >
> > Any input is welcome. I'm trying to decide how to kick this monster off
> > prior to adding the 3Tb of disk storage in...
> >
> > Regards,
> > Jack
> >
> I have a AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 Dual Core with 8 GB of RAM running 64
> bit Hardy.  I have Windows XP Pro installed in the newest version of
> VirtualBox.  I have given the virtual Windows instance 2GB of Base
> Memory and 32 MB of video memory.  I am not using the AMD virtual
> extensions, since in my experience, VirtualBox's software
> virtualization is equal or faster to using the hardware virtual
> extensions through virtualbox.
> With all that said, my primary use of my Windows Virtual Machine is to
> use Visual Studio to compile an in-house cross platform C++
> application for Windows.  It does this with virtually no performance
> difference as when I had Windows set up and dual boot and would reboot
> into it.  Also, my host Linux machine doesn't seem to suffer
> noticeably at all when I am compiling in Windows.
> The other major suggestion I would make would be to use a fixed
> virtual disk for your OS instead of a dynamic one.  In my experience,
> this adds a noticeable performance boost when using disk intensive
> apps in your Virtual machine.  The other benefit is that you don't
> have to worry about your virtual machine expanding and filling up your
> host drive because you forgot how big you set it to expand to.  It
> will already take up the full amount of space so you can plan for it.
> Anyway, with that machine, I would think if you gave your Windows
> Virtual Box 2 or 3 GB of RAM, you should have great performance for
> most things.  The only thing I am unsure of is gaming since I have
> never really tested the abilities of Virtual Box's 3d acceleration.
> Hope this helps,
> Preston
Thanks for the input. So far, aside from the strange characters in the
terminal, it's all working well.
Where did you get the 64 bit latest version of virtualbox? I can't seem to
find the non-ose version.


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