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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Up! Printer in Windows XP VirtualBox VM in Linux

I've successfully installed and configured the Up! 3D Printer driver software in a Windows XP VirtualBox VM under Linux. It's quite straight-forward with only one real issue to tackle.

My environment:

  • Linux Ubuntu 11.10
  • VirtualBox 4.1.8
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Up! Software version 1.15

  1. Build the VM. I used 1Gb RAM and 128MB of Video RAM. I don't think either of these are particularly critical for this application. I enabled 2D and 3D video acceleration. Everything else is up to you.
  2. Power-On the Up! printer and start the VM.
  3. Start the VM and from the VirtualBox Device menu enable the USB device for the Up!. On my system it was called: "China Free MC. 3DPrinter"
  4. On the Windows XP desktop, right-click the desktop and select the "Properties" option.
  5. Select the 'Settings' Tab.
  6. Select the 'Advanced' dialog.
  7. Set the Hardware Acceleration slider to the second from 'None' position, or fully to 'None' if you wish. This step is necessary because the Up! software uses GL instructions that the VirtualBox display driver does not support. This setting provides sofware emulation (I think) that allows the software to work.
  8. Install the Up! software in accordance with the standard installation instructions.
  9. Start the Up! software
  10. Test. All should work ok.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks very much, followed your instructions and 1.17 works perfectly. Really helps me out to not have to boot windows, thanks!