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Jun 10 2011   2:36PM GMT

Jerky mouse performance on Windows 2008 R2 virtual machine

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

If you are having issues where the mouse is jerky on a Server 2008 VM, while viewing it from vSphere client “Open Console”, check to make sure you have a VMware driver for the video card.

You can check by going to the Control Panel > Display > Screen Resolution > Advanced Settings > Adapter Type. If it just says SVGA,  VMware SVGA or something to that affect  you need to update the drivers. You can manually install the video driver to correct this, the drivers are located here – C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\wddm_video. When you update the drivers, just search for them in “C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\” and include subfolders, Windows will pickup the correct driver. Once the drivers are up to date you will notice that, after the reboot, your mouse is nice and smooth like it should be. The display Adapter Properties should now read, “VMware SVGA 3D (Microsoft Corporation – WDDM)”

This fix should be relevant to all Windows Server 2008 VMs. Any questions, let me know!


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  • Josecuervo
    worked for me thanks! wish I saw this prior to buying better hardware, lol
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