I'm having trouble with a VM I was using yesterday. After using, I closed the guest and updated my host machine (arch linux). Today I turned on the host and tried to turn on my guest and this message appears:

Error starting domain: unsupported configuration: chardev 'spicevmc' not supported without spice graphics

Traceback (most recent call last):

File "/usr/share/virt-manager/virtManager/asyncjob.py", line 72, in cb_wrapper callback(asyncjob, *args, **kwargs)

File "/usr/share/virt-manager/virtManager/asyncjob.py", line 108, in tmpcb callback(*args, **kwargs)

File "/usr/share/virt-manager/virtManager/object/libvirtobject.py", line 57, in newfn ret = fn(self, *args, **kwargs)

File "/usr/share/virt-manager/virtManager/object/domain.py", line 1384, in startup self._backend.create()

File "/usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/libvirt.py", line 1352, in create raise libvirtError('virDomainCreate() failed') libvirt.libvirtError: unsupported configuration: chardev 'spicevmc' not supported without spice graphics

I'm using a dedicated nvidia card on a manjaro guest OS.

I'm not a linux expert.

Any idea what might be happening and how to fix this?

Any other info you need let me know.


I removed the usb spice redirectors from my VM:

<redirdev bus="usb" type="spicevmc">
  <address type="usb" bus="0" port="4"/>
<redirdev bus="usb" type="spicevmc">
  <address type="usb" bus="0" port="5"/>

And now it works fine... I just can't have usb redirectors on the guest OS now... Anyone know why this is and how to fix it?

5 Answers 5


My solution was based off a couple of the answers above.
Basically in order to have the "Channel Spice" device (used for things like redirecting individual USB devices, I think), I ended up with the following:

  • a "Display Spice" device (Spice Server)
  • a "Video" device set to "None"
  • and my Spice Channel (which was the one I wanted, but was throwing errors)

Screen shots and XML of each device below.

ScreenShot of Display Spice Device (Virtual Machine Manager)

<graphics type="spice" port="5901" autoport="yes" listen="">

  <listen type="address" address=""/>

  <image compression="off"/>

  <gl enable="no"/>


ScreenShot of Video Device (Virtual Machine Manager)


  <model type="none"/>

  <alias name="video0"/>


ScreenShot of Spice Channel Device (Virtual Machine Manager)

  <target type="virtio" name="com.redhat.spice.0" state="disconnected"/>

  <alias name="channel0"/>

  <address type="virtio-serial" controller="0" bus="0" port="1"/>


I have the same issue on my VM too does this fix work with evdev?

update: I can't even remove the:

<redirdev bus="usb" type="spicevmc">
  <address type="usb" bus="0" port="1"/>
<redirdev bus="usb" type="spicevmc">
  <address type="usb" bus="0" port="2"/>

It spits out the same error

update 2: My VM boots after I added spice server and set the video to none


same I was able to use virsh edit to remove the two spice redirectors and everything works fine now but I'm not sure what they were used for

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    Jun 6, 2022 at 19:44

Same issue, I tried adding a spice server which caused some issues with mutiple monitors, like the mouse sticking to one of the displays. I removed "Channel Spice" and it let me start the VM without spice graphics. I removed these lines from the XML in virt-manager.

<channel type="spicevmc">
  <target type="virtio" name="com.redhat.spice.0"/>
  <address type="virtio-serial" controller="0" bus="0" port="1"/>
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    Jun 8, 2022 at 13:20

Same issue after the recent ArchLinux upgrade. Simply adding a Spice display server (which defaults to a new cirrus display) will stop my VM from booting, because it's taking over the main console, and the nvidia passthrough will stop working. The workaround is to first add a Spice display server, and then change the Video type to 'None'.


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