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VMware and USB ports

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by stranglehold, Jul 17, 2007.

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  1. stranglehold

    stranglehold Thread Starter

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    So far, my only VM experience has been with Microsoft's 2007 product and I know it will not do what I would like it to do.

    So I started looking into VMware, which seems to be the industry leader in VM software.


    I need to run Windows 3.1 guest on a XP host. There is no way that Win 3.1 can drive the printer directly. So I was wondering how vmware handles the USB. Does it just it use the drivers on the host OS to "emulate" the port in the guest?

    Idealy, vmware would capture the LPT2 in Win3.1 and then direct it to the USB printer in XP, using the XP driver because none exist for 3.1. Can it do this?

    Additionally, how about USB storage devices? Again, it would be ideal if I could get a drive letter in Win3.1 and map it to the USB device in XP.



    Thanks
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Win 3.1 had no USB capability, so I'd say it'll handle it poorly. :D Remember, it's the guest O/S that is trying to use the emulated USB ports.
     
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