The Passthrough POST https://passthroughpo.st Your baremetal source for virtual news Sun, 06 May 2018 16:58:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 140179014 Linux Desktop Compositors — Performance and Functionality https://passthroughpo.st/linux-desktop-compositors-performance-functionality/ https://passthroughpo.st/linux-desktop-compositors-performance-functionality/#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2018 21:49:27 +0000 https://passthroughpo.st/?p=1734 Desktop performance on Linux can vary with different environments, window managers, compositors, and graphics drivers. Depending on the driver and environment in use, your desktop's responsiveness and performance can vary wildly. The compositor is among the most vital components for good desktop UX on Linux. Here's a brief rundown of a few of the most [...]

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ZFS Configuration Part 2: ZVols, LZ4, ARC, and ZILs Explained https://passthroughpo.st/zfs-configuration-part-2-zvols-lz4-arc-zils-explained/ https://passthroughpo.st/zfs-configuration-part-2-zvols-lz4-arc-zils-explained/#respond Mon, 26 Feb 2018 17:28:04 +0000 https://passthroughpo.st/?p=1678 In our last article, we touched upon configuration and basic usage of ZFS. We showed ZFS's utility including snapshots, clones, datasets, and much more. ZFS includes many more advanced features, such as ZVols and ARC. This article will attempt to explain their usefulness as well. See Also: ZFS Configuration on Linux – Setup and Basics ZFS [...]

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ZFS Configuration on Linux – Setup and Basics https://passthroughpo.st/zfs-configuration-linux-setup-basics/ https://passthroughpo.st/zfs-configuration-linux-setup-basics/#respond Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:36:38 +0000 https://passthroughpo.st/?p=1611 Can you think of a time where you forgot to make a backup of a file/folder, and accidentally corrupted or deleted it? Maybe a mistaken command ran 'rm -rf' across your entire music library? Maybe core system files of a virtual machine were corrupted? We all make mistakes, and the sooner you move to ZFS, [...]

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Linux Kernel 4.15 Introduces USB Controller Bugs in VFIO https://passthroughpo.st/linux-kernel-4-15-introduces-usb-controller-bugs-vfio/ https://passthroughpo.st/linux-kernel-4-15-introduces-usb-controller-bugs-vfio/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 03:08:15 +0000 https://passthroughpo.st/?p=1652 If you're passing through a USB controller or an HBA with kernel 4.15 or later, you may have noticed some issues. Many have been unable to use their passthrough VM due to a kernel oops. If you've fallen victim to these issues, then we're going to show you how to solve it.  Read Also: Why [...]

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Next Up Hero Shows Promise with Interesting New Mechanics https://passthroughpo.st/next-hero-shows-promise-interesting-new-mechanics/ https://passthroughpo.st/next-hero-shows-promise-interesting-new-mechanics/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:18:11 +0000 https://passthroughpo.st/?p=1544   Next Up Hero is a Steam Early Access game brought to you by the talented folks at Digital Continue. Slash, shoot, and revive your way to victory in this top-down action game. And with a launch price of $19.99, it’s clear why everyone’s talking about it. Read Also: Why We Recommend the GT 710 [...]

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Why We’re Still Recommending the GT 710 For Passthrough Hosts https://passthroughpo.st/still-recommending-gt-710-passthrough-hosts/ https://passthroughpo.st/still-recommending-gt-710-passthrough-hosts/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:23:56 +0000 https://passthroughpo.st/?p=1598 The GT 710 might seem like a strange card to choose for anything at first blush. It's a few years old now, and really only performs about as well as modern integrated graphics. But power is hardly the first consideration for a host card. Here's the reasons why we think it's still the best thing [...]

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How to Apply the Error 43 Workaround https://passthroughpo.st/apply-error-43-workaround/ https://passthroughpo.st/apply-error-43-workaround/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:10:08 +0000 https://passthroughpo.st/?p=1561 Why do your drivers fail to install? What is error 43, and why do you experience it? Do you need a new gpu? -- All common questions among Nvidia-based newcomers to passthrough gaming. Hopefully, we can provide an adequate explanation of these issues. Read Also: Using nvidia-xrun for Dynamic Intel + NVIDIA GPU Switching on Linux [...]

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Explaining CSM, efifb=off, and Setting the Boot GPU Manually https://passthroughpo.st/explaining-csm-efifboff-setting-boot-gpu-manually/ https://passthroughpo.st/explaining-csm-efifboff-setting-boot-gpu-manually/#comments Sun, 04 Feb 2018 21:42:36 +0000 https://passthroughpo.st/?p=1558 Many factors can influence the success of GPU Passthrough. On some newer systems, notably low and mid-end Ryzen platforms, there's a little extra legwork you'll need to do to get your OS to boot with the correct GPU, and the processes that go into making that happen are somewhat complicated. Need help Building your passthrough [...]

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Arch Linux Broke OVMF Passthrough, Here’s How to Fix it https://passthroughpo.st/arch-linux-broke-ovmf-passthrough-heres-fix/ https://passthroughpo.st/arch-linux-broke-ovmf-passthrough-heres-fix/#respond Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:47:40 +0000 https://passthroughpo.st/?p=1437 If you use Arch Linux and OVMF, you may have noticed that a recent update broke compatibility with your passthrough VM(s.) Luckily, we're here to explain why this happened, and (hopefully) how to fix it. While many guides online haven't been tweaked yet to represent the change, this update presents a serious problem. The default [...]

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CPU Pinning Benchmarks https://passthroughpo.st/cpu-pinning-benchmarks/ https://passthroughpo.st/cpu-pinning-benchmarks/#respond Tue, 30 Jan 2018 02:56:02 +0000 https://passthroughpo.st/?p=1499 Everyone wants to get the best performance out of their virtual machine. There is a lot of talk about CPU Pinning and the performance gains that come along with it. These benchmarks are to give you an idea of the performance changes you can expect from various setups people may recommend. Read also: Meltdown Patch [...]

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