Akom's Tech Ruminations

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Autodesk Maya 2012 in Virtualbox Linux

Posted by Admin • Wednesday, February 22. 2012 • Category: Linux

Maya does not appear to have a Linux version, so where I have a single machine, I want to run it in VirtualBox - in either Windows XP or Windows 7. I've successfully installed it in both, 32 and 64 bit, and it installs and starts up just fine. The fun comes later. There are two serious problems:
  1. Alt+Mouse doesn't work. Well, this has to do with my window manager more than anything - Alt+Mouse is usually used in Linux. I'm not willing to change that - but fortunately, Alt-Shift+Mouse does something fairly similar in Maya
  2. 3D repainting is completely messed up. In fact, there are two things that don't work immediately - selection on the 3d pane (pointer appears to be below the screen) and the Spacebar popup menu (also below the screen). Fortunately, this can be fixed with a bit of sacrifice: turn off 3d (I turned off 3d and 2d) acceleration in Virtualbox settings.


  3. And it works! (not horribly slow either)

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  1. Thanks for the tip! I left 2D acceleration enabled, and it still works, as long as I disable 3D.

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