21.10. Enabling Intel VT-x and AMD-V Virtualization Hardware Extensions in BIOS
Procedure 21.3. Enabling virtualization extensions in BIOS
- Reboot the computer and open the system's BIOS menu. This can usually be done by pressing the F1 key or Alt and F4 keys depending on the system.key, the
Enabling the virtualization extensions in BIOS
NoteMany of the steps below may vary depending on your motherboard, processor type, chipset and OEM. Refer to your system's accompanying documentation for the correct information on configuring your system.
- Open the Processor submenu The processor settings menu may be hidden in the Chipset, Advanced CPU Configuration or Northbridge.
- Enable Intel Virtualization Technology (also known as Intel VT-x). AMD-V extensions cannot be disabled in the BIOS and should already be enabled. The virtualization extensions may be labeled Virtualization Extensions, Vanderpool or various other names depending on the OEM and system BIOS.
- Enable Intel VT-d or AMD IOMMU, if the options are available. Intel VT-d and AMD IOMMU are used for PCI device assignment.
- Select Save & Exit.
- Reboot the machine.
- When the machine has booted, run
cat /proc/cpuinfo |grep -E "vmx|svm". Specifying
--coloris optional, but useful if you want the search term highlighted. If the command outputs, the virtualization extensions are now enabled. If there is no output your system may not have the virtualization extensions or the correct BIOS setting enabled.