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Calman in VMware Fusion

Setup guide on running Calman on a VMware Fusion virtual machine

Calman calibration software can be run under Microsoft Windows® within a VMware Fusion virtual machine. This enables Calman to be used to calibrate external video displays and monitors with the same functionality as if Calman were installed on a dedicated Windows PC.

Also, any calibration of the host Mac computer that could be performed from Calman installed on a remote dedicated Windows PC can be performed from Calman installed on a Windows virtual machine, within VMware Fusion on the host Mac or Linux computer.

VMware Fusion Version

  • VMware Fusion 6 or newer recommended
  • VMware Fusion 10 required for macOS High Sierra (10.13.0) or newer

    Note: Calman can also be run in a Parallels virtual machine, but due to occasional USB device driver issues, Parallels is not currently recommended.

VMware Fusion configuration

To optimize VMware Fusion for Calman with a Windows 7/8/10 virtual machine.

  1. Close Windows in the Fusion virtual machine (Start, Shut down)
  2. Click the VMware Settings button at the top of the Fusion screen to open the Settings dialog
  3. On the Fusion Settings dialog:
    1. Click Processors & Memory.
      1. Select one-half the total number of available processor cores. This leaves half of the processor cores available to the Mac side to handle the IO and GPU.
      2. Select at least half of the available RAM, with a minimum of 4 GB (4000 MB).
      3. Under the Advanced Options, disable all options.
    2. Click Display.
      1. Set Accelerate 3D Graphics to ON.
    3. Click Network Adapter.
      1. Under Bridged Networking, select Autodetect.
    4. Click Hard Disk.
      1. Make your virtual disks a fixed size, not auto sized (avoids auto sizing performance penalty).
        Note: When using a Bootcamp virtual machine, the disk is always a fixed size.
  4. On the main Fusion screen:
    1. Click the Play button to start Windows in the Fusion virtual machine.
    2. Connect any hardware USB calibration device(s) to the Mac computer.
  5. On the Fusion Settings dialog:
    1. Click USB & Bluetooth
      1. Under Connect USB Devices, check the box for each USB device you wish to connect to Windows
      2. For those same USB devices, under Plug-In Action, select Connect to Windows.
      3. Under Advanced USB Options / USB Compatibility, select USB 2.0.

Additional Notes

  • To allow external IP connections from Calman, disable any Windows firewall on the Calman virtual Windows machine. A firewall should be enabled, however, on the host computer (Mac or Linux OS).
  • After you have the Windows virtual machine properly configured, you may wish to save a snapshot of the virtual machine configuration. To do this, click the Snapshots button on the Fusion Virtual Machine Library page.
  • When you wish to connect Calman to Client 3 that is installed on the host Mac computer, or on another computer that you wish to calibrate, be sure that you don’t accidentally connect to Client 3 within the Windows virtual machine.
  • To avoid this mistake, Client 3 should not be installed on the Windows virtual machine.

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