How to Configure a Graphics Card in the Virtual Machine VMware Player

Updated July 19, 2017

VMware Player has the ability to customise several aspects of the virtual machines configured in it, including the video card options. You can choose whether or not to accelerate 3D graphics in the virtual machine, and define the number of monitors installed and the default resolution of those monitors. Configure the video card properties for your virtual machine in VMware Player by accessing the hardware options for the virtual machine.

Launch VMware Player. Right click the virtual machine that you would like to edit the graphics card properties for, and click "Edit VM."

Click "Display" on the hardware list.

Place a check in the box labelled "Accelerate 3D graphics" to use the 3D acceleration of your computer in the virtual machine.

Select the radio button labelled "Use host setting for monitors" to use the same number of displays and maximum screen resolution as on the host computer. Alternatively "Specify monitor settings" to select a different number of displays and maximum resolution.

Click "OK" to save your settings.


If you experience display issues in VMware, you may not have the VMware Tools software installed for the operating system running on the virtual machine. To install VMware Tools, click the "VM" menu at the top of the virtual machine window, then click "Install VMware Tools."

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