I'm currently running a VM using Virtualbox. The VM is Windows 2003 on a Windows 7 host.
I'm currently performing Windows updates on the VM and it's interrupting the audio on the host (and the mouse is jumpy too).
I have a core2Quad with 8GB of RAM with slightly less than 50% available. CPU load is 25% approx on each processors.
Are there ways to limit the impacts of the VM on the host?
VM Harddisk is on the same drive as the mp3 that is playing. IMO, it shouldn't matter as the mp3 require little disk access.
I think it might be a bus saturation issue? I have an Asus P5Q-E FWIW.
The VM in question had 2GB of RAM allocated to it along with one CPU.
I've turned off host IO cache, execution cap is at 100% with no bandwidth limit imposed. Still lags, the mouse jumps around considerably when the VM does disk IO.
This is not a laptop, but my main desktop. All hard drives are plugged in via SATA connectors on the motherboard (and are SATA based too).
I never really run more than one VM at a time.
Each HDD has at least 50GB of free space. The OS is on C: and the VM HDD are on D: (another drive entirely).
I went into Device Manager and all devices seem to be appropriately installed and accounted for (ie. no warning icon).
I just noticed that Guest Additions were not installed. Would that help? Based on a quick google, it might?
Both of my HDD have passed SMART using Seagate's Seatools. Guest Additions have also been installed.
The Guest Additions aren't helping. I'm downloading SQL Server Express 2008 on C:, the VM is running which makes the cursor jump all over the place...