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I'm currently running Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS (on an Intel E3300).
This connects to my TV via a HDMI port on a nVIDIA GeForce 9300GS.
Looking for a way install a Desktop on this machine as a VM so that I can easily remove or replace the Desktop and ensure it doesn't interfere with the operation of the server.
My concern is the as I need to playback Full-HD video.

Will a VM give the guest machine (probably Ubuntu Desktop) sufficient hardware access to allow it use the nVIDIA drivers? (No X11 installed on the Host.)

Or do I have to install the nVIDIA drivers on the Host machine? (AFAIK: that means install X11 first)

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In order for Full-HD playback to work correctly you need a dual core system with (I recommend) at least 4 gigs of RAM. This means that a VM isn't the best road to go. If you are wanting to have the server continue to do it's operation but still have access to the Media playback then you can install the ubuntu desktop GUI, and then use the gui to run the media. I suggest using XBMC which is a lightweight yet powerful media player system.

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