GPU Pass-through Manjaro Walk-through
Article last updated: Jul 19, 2020
Today I would like to quickly talk about how to setup a GPU pass-through for a decidated GPU on a qemu/kvm windows 10 guest. For this to work you need two video cards.
First we need to enable IOMMU via AMD-Vi or Intel Vt-d in the BIOS. Now lets quickly open and edit the
/etc/default/grub and append the following to the
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=" ... intel_iommu=on iommu=pt pcie_acs_override=downstream hugepages=2048"
You do not remove other kernel commands such as quiet and resume=UUID if you have them. Another important note, you only need
pcie_acs_override=downstream if you are using an ACS override patch.
After modifying the grub file you need to update grub with
update-grub and reboot.
lspci -nn we can find the device IDs of the GPU that we want to use. In my case, i want to use my GTX 750ti as the GPU to pass-through.
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller : NVIDIA Corporation GM107 [GeForce GTX 750 Ti] [10de:1380] (rev a2) 02:00.1 Audio device : NVIDIA Corporation Device [10de:0fbc] (rev a1)
Here i will copy
/etc/modprobe.d/vfio.conf like so
options vfio-pci ids=10de:1380,10de:0fbc. Next, add/modify the following line in
MODULES=" ... vfio vfio_iommu_type1 vfio_pci vfio_virqfd nvidia ... ". You may need to use
nouveau or some other driver depending on your video card. In my case, i am using non-free nvidia drivers. Also, add/modify the line with
HOOKS=" ... modconf ... "; however, more than likely you already have it somewhere in the HOOKS line anyhow. Now rebuild initramfs by calling
mkinitcpio -g /boot/linux-custom.img and reboot.
Validate that your GPU,
lspci -nnk, is using the vfio-pci as the kernel driver loader otherwise something was not done correctly.
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller : NVIDIA Corporation GM107 [GeForce GTX 750 Ti] [10de:1380] (rev a2) Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd GM107 [GeForce GTX 750 Ti] [1458:362d] Kernel driver in use: vfio-pci Kernel modules: nouveau, nvidia_drm, nvidia 02:00.1 Audio device : NVIDIA Corporation Device [10de:0fbc] (rev a1) Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:362d] Kernel driver in use: vfio-pci Kernel modules: snd_hda_intel
If the vfio-pci kernel driver is loaded for the GPU you can proceed by installing the following:
sudo pacman -S libvirt virt-manager qemu
I also prefer to install ovmf-git from the AUR repository instead of ovmf from extra. You may use
sudo pacman -S yay
Now edit the ``
/etc/libvirt/qemu.conf file and add the path of OVMF firmware:
nvram = ["/usr/share/ovmf/ovmf_code_x64.bin:/usr/share/ovmf/ovmf_vars_x64.bin"]
in my case. We also need to start several services:
sudo systemctl start libvirtd.service sudo systemctl start virtlogd.socket sudo systemctl enable libvirtd.service sudo systemctl enable virtlogd.socket
sudo pacman -S virt-manager
and add yourself to the group
sudo usermod -a -G libvirt username
and finally launch virt-manager. I recommend launching virt-manager from your GUI interface rather than terminal as if you have python3 installed you will run into errors otherwise you can simply run
virt-manager & in the background from the terminal.
Within virt-manager you may initiate the installation process for Windows or some other operating system.
For settings in virt-manager here are my suggestions for a i7:
- Current allocation: 8
- Copy host CPU configuration
- Manually set CPU topology
- Sockets: 1
- Cores: 4
- Threads: 2
- PCI devices for GPU/GPU-audio (via add hardware button)
- Any dedicated USB devices (via add hardware button)
- Memory (minimum 8192 miB)
- SCSI (requires virtio-win drivers otherwise use SATA for your HDD)
- add SATA CDROM with virt-io and windows iso file
Hopefully your virtual machine will boot windows and install flawlessly. With SCSI you need to install the virtio-win drivers at the start of the windows installation through the windows driver select option.