Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hardware Virtualization - Why isn't it just enabled!

Don't you just get crazy when you find out your computer does not support Hardware Virtualization (VT) or it is disabled in the BIOS and there isn't a setting to enable it?

A few back I wrote an article on how to enable VT on a Sony Vaio VGN-FZ31M when there is NO option in BIOS to enable it.

If you just run securable, you can get one of three values to the third item, "Hardware Virtualization":
  • Yes. Your computer supports VT and it IS enabled. Good for you!
  • Locked OFF. Your computer HAS VT but it is disabled. If you're lucky enough, you will find a setting in the BIOS that allows enabling VT. If not, you can try looking for BIOS updates on the manufacturer, custom BIOS (don't break your computer!) and BIOS edits (vaio post mentioned above).
  • No. Unfortunately, your computer apperently does NOT support VT. This is not related necessarly with x86 or x64 CPUs. It just a per-CPU feature and in this case, you may not have it. But don't give up just yet. First, I recommend you try the vt.iso in the post above, since the Vaio had "No" as well, but the vt.iso output told me otherwise! As a last resort, try the VMWare VT bypasser and you just might be able to run VMWare x64 Operating Systems anyway (didn't work in my case, although I had a supported version, 8.0.1 build-528992).
Additionally, you can also run MacOS VMs with the VMWare Guest unlocker. Full guide here.

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