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Recently we had to upgrade a system to handle added HD IP cameras. This upgrade involved an entirely new computer build with the exception of a rather pricey Geovision DVR (PCI/GV1480 series). Apparently while these cards do support Windows 7, they do not support Windows 7 x64.

I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place here trying to figure out how we can remedy this, is there a virtualization solution that will allow devices with driver issues to passthru to the Guest OS? I was thinking XPMode may work for this solution however I am unsure if it runs 32bit or 64bit and if it'll allow driver-issue devices to pass to it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, Best Regards, Howard

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Why can't you use a 32-bit version of Windows? – kotekzot Apr 8 '12 at 6:13
How do the cameras connect? USB? PCI? – David Schwartz Apr 8 '12 at 8:02
@kotekzot The system has 8gb of ram. – Howard Apr 8 '12 at 10:36
@DavidSchwartz The cameras connect to the PCI card via serial cables which expand into several RCA cables. – Howard Apr 8 '12 at 10:37
XPMode is 32-bit, but I don't think it can do what you want. – rob Aug 9 '13 at 18:29

I have had luck using VMware Player to pass my friend's camcorder (which lacks 64-bit drivers) from a 64-bit host to a 32-bit VM. In that case, the device was connected via USB. VMware also supports pass-through of SCSI devices, but I don't think that will work for your PCI DVR card.

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