Ticket #9316 (new enhancement)

Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

Hardware presets - the next killer feature?

Reported by: CaptSaltyJack Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: GUI
Version: VirtualBox 4.1.0 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other


Or maybe it's just a bad idea. :) But here goes:

Some of the less techy VBox users have no idea what PAE is/does, or the difference between the PIIX3 chipset & the ICH9 chipset, or what IO APIC is, etc. It would be really nice if there were a "hardware profile picker" list, which basically is just a list of presets, e.g. "Old Pentium 2 from 1999" or "Typical Intel Core 2 Duo" to serve as starting points that people can use to emulate a particular type of virtual machine the guest will be running on. Choosing one of these presets would auto-fill in all the details for us.

My examples above are bad, I know. But this should illustrate the concept at least.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by mhanor

There's no need for this. When a user creates a VM, the settings of the new VM are already optimal for the selected guest OS (chipset type, APIC type, PAE).

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by CaptSaltyJack

If that's true, why was PAE disabled when I was installing a Linux guest on my Mac? I didn't even know what PAE was, but the Debian install complained about it, so I looked it up and it seems PAE basically lets OS's access large amounts of RAM (which Mac OS can do).

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by mhanor

The only thing that's needed is tweaking and fixing the current implementation, it wouldn't be better to implement a new feature to complement the current one.
You should search for similar topics, then ask on the forums, to see if a new bug report is needed. The Create New VM wizard should create optimal settings, that's for sure.

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