Fusion 360 Virtualbox

No Linux application:-(. I really dislike Windows, but sometimes one is left with no choice because of misguided developers. Will Fusion 360 run in an emulator decently? Specifically Virtualbox. In my review of Parallels 14, I mentioned that I had come from VMware Fusion after many years. From 40,000 feet, both of these apps do the same thing, but I’ve grown to love a lot of the little.

I am running a Windows 10 64bit guest using VirtualBox 5.02 on a Windows 8.1 64bit host. I have installed the latest expansion pack and guest additions and have 2d and 3d acceleration enabled. I have a 4K monitor connected to my host running at 4K UHD [email protected] However when I auto-size the guest in full screen and view the display properties the maximum resolution is 2560x1440. My host does not have a DisplayPort video output and due to this limitation I can only run 4K at 30HZ over HDMI. In the guest if I view the display properties of the display adapter it is locked to 60HZ which may be part of the problem. Does anyone have any idea on how I can get 4K running in my Windows 10 guest?

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Fusion 360 in VMware-player virtual machine

Why? It is merely not possible to run Autodesk Fusion 360 in a VirtualBox environment even with 3D turned on. Why? VirtualBox allows only 256 MB Ram of memory to pass to its virtual machines. This leads to massive graphical artifacts and makes work with Fusion 360 almost not possible. VMware(-player) instead allows you to add enough memory for such a task and seams to handle 3D in general better than VMware.

Fusion 360 Virtualbox

Fusion 360 is one of Autodesk’s newer products for 3D design. Aside from the usual CAD tools, Fusion 360 also has assets for creating sheet metal parts or surfaces and a simulation environment. It also has a strong emphasis on cloud processing and storage, meaning that, when you want to render a piece, you won’t have to tie up your computer. Oct 25, 2019 VirtualBox is a free, open-source virtual machine program developed by Oracle, which can easily be installed and set up on Linux. In this tutorial, we’re going to use VirtualBox to install Fusion 360 on Ubuntu.

I tested this with a Intel XEON system (integrated intel graphic). I added a simple NVIDIA GT 610 (2GB RAM, passive cooled, costs around 40 €).

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  • Be sure to have a NVIDIA graphics card with opengl support
  • use
    • A: the Nouveau driver on an Optimus-Laptop for simultaneously using the intel (primary) and nvidia (by optimusrun) card.
    • B: On a deskktop with Intel GPU and an additional Nvidia card: this is no problem at all
  • Install VMware-player

Configure and start the virtual machine

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  • Be sure to give the installed virtual machine (Windows) enough RAM from the graphics card. Here I use 1GB from 2GB which the vmware-player shows as recommended.
  • start vmware-player with

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Or if you installed VIX (vmrun):

Note again: DRI_PRIME only works / makes sense with the free graphics driver NOUVEAU and INTEL, not with the proprietary ones !!! On ań optimus Laptop with hybrid graphic card the proprietary driver is not able to run a program on the Nvidia card while the intel graphic driver is used (former known as 'optimusrun'). If you like to use the proprietary Nvidia driver, then you have to use prime-select on such a notebook (Optimus graphic card) and switch completely to the nvidia card on Laptops with optimus. Nevertheless: a desktop PC with a second Nvidia graphic card works fine.

You can examine the results running dxdiag (Start->Enter 'run'-> dxdiag) inside of the virtual windows machine:

  • dxdiag (dxdiag in VirtualBox (shows 256MB RAM and DirectX 9)

  • dxdiag in VMware-player started with DRI_RIME=1 on dedicated NVIDIAD card (shows 1GB RAM - which I applied in the settings for the vm - and DirectX 10)

GPU path through

GPU path through is NOT possible with this setup. Only VMware-ESXI or -Workstation - which are not free - have this feature. Another Option would be KVM an use GPU paththrough (not tested). Fibre broadband speed test. But since I am using Virtualbox for other virtualmachines this is a problem: KVM/quemu and virtualbox can not run side by side. But VMware and VirtualBox can!

Screen flickering in VirtualBox

  • A: Optimus-Notebook encountered no problem
  • B: Desktop PC with additional graphic card (Nvidia): Now, in VirtualBox (not VmWare) which I am using for a lot of other non 3D programs the whole screen is blinking and flickering which makes work a pain. The only way: turn 3D support off. You won't need it anyways for desktop apps. And I assume, you do your 3D stuff in VMware of in Linux now anyway ;-)

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See: Screen flickering in VirtualBox with 3D enabled [UPDATED Sep 21, 2017]

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