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I've got a Windows 10 VM running from a passed through NVME drive, with a passed through GTX 1660 Ti.

 

I use it for Gaming primarily with a few other tasks assigned when I need it. I have it connected to a HDMI monitor and it has it's own mouse and keyboard connected to it as well.

 

I have assigne it with 2GB min and 16GB max memory.

 

It uses 16GB from the moment it's turned on until I shut it down... I would like to juet leave it running but I'm running short of memory by the time I run a few other VM's and Dockers (Not that I'm actually encountering a problem)

 

I've rebuilt it using Q35 (it was originally i440fx) and I've stripped out everything but the NVME pass through and I just can't get it to take anything less than 16GB... In Task Manager it claims to be using around 3GB.

 

I've installed the drivers from the Virtio Driver disk.

 

I've built another VM with Windows 10 and using a vdisk and it seem to work fine. Showing as using 2GB after boot.

 

Can anyone steer me to where I've gone wrong? Is it a limitation of passing through the NVME?

 

Thanks for any help

 

Oh, and I'm runing 6.9.1

 

Arbadacarba

 

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  <name>Win10 - Minerva</name>
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  <currentMemory unit='KiB'>16777216</currentMemory>
  <memoryBacking>
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    <nvram>/etc/libvirt/qemu/nvram/8589cca6-abd8-cd49-7834-8635f9a804ba_VARS-pure-efi.fd</nvram>
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Is this true for ANY hardware passed through? I've gone ahead and built a new image on the NVME drive and tried running it exactly as I have my gaming machine. 

 

Still no joy, I installed all the drivers from the virtio disk and rebooted, and... rebooted, and... Nothing. Still pulling the full 16GB continuously...

 

Oh Well... I've ordered the 64GB kit to solve the problem that way.

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