Linux Mint Cinnamon proves that a free operating system can be easy to use and extremely reliable. Whilst the default Ubuntu desktop is kind of similar to Apple OS desktop, the Cinnamon desktop of Linux Mint makes transitioning from Windows very intuitive.
An issue I battled to resolve however when running Linux Mint in a virtual machine with VirtualBox is that the video quality was really bad and there was always an error. The error was as follows:
Running in software rendering mode
Cinnamon is currently running without video hardware acceleration and, as a result, you may observe much higher than normal CPU usage.
There could be a problem with your drivers or some other issue. For the best experience, it is recommended that you only use this mode for troubleshooting purposes.
Luckily there is a really simple fix for this problem and it doesn’t take any knowledge of the terminal or drivers or similar. It involves a simple checkbox.
Just follow these instructions and your video will be displaying perfectly in Linux Mint:
- If running, shut down your Linux Mint VM (Virtual Machine).
- In Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager alternate click your Linux Mint VM.
- Click Settings.
- Click Display.
- Click to select Enable 3D Acceleration (you won’t be able to select this if your Mint VM is running).
- Click OK.
That’s all there is to it. When you next start your Mint VM you’ll notice that video displays well and the error message is gone. Problem solved.