[Spice-devel] Various problems with "-vga qxl"

Alon Levy alevy at redhat.com
Mon May 23 10:54:50 PDT 2011

On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 06:40:17PM +0100, Peter Daum wrote:
> Hi,
> --- Alon Levy <alevy at redhat.com> schrieb am Mo, 23.5.2011:
> >> On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 12:33:12PM +0100, Peter Daum wrote:
> >> > Windows is perfectly happy with the driver. It shows a
> >> "Red Hat QXL GPU" in PCI slot 2 with driver version
> >> Unfortunately, it seems to think that the only resolution
> >> supported by this device is 640x480/16.
> > 
> > What service pack do you have? I'm using winxp SP3. I seem
> > to recall something like what you are describing, but not
> > with SP3.
> ... that was the right trail: I was using Windows XP SP1 (the only Windows I have readily available). After I upgraded the Windows guest to SP3, it works fine with the QXL driver. Thanks a Lot!
> (There is still one little thing from the user documentation that is not working - the vdservice agent won't start - also without any indication what is wrong - is this something I should worry about?)

If you want copy-paste, and a much better mouse experience, then yes. It relies on a virtio-serial device, so you need the driver for that as well. I think good enough (but not the latest) windows drivers are on spice-space.org/download.html. Regarding the command line, I hope it's on the wiki somewhere but if not here it is:

-device virtio-serial -chardev spicevmc,id=vdagent,name=vdagent -device virtserialport,chardev=vdagent,name=com.redhat.spice.0

> Regards,
>                    Peter
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