The GPU preference is disabled because the display driver returned errors.
You should notify VMWare so they can fix their driver to work correctly and not return errors.
I appreciate your reply but it has nothing to do with my question.
It has everything to do with your question, and explains a few things that you really need to know.
My question is how to disable this alert when I have a video driver with known issues and it's not peformance impacting, and what I really need to know is the answer to that.
Are you using a VM to run Windows on a Mac, or on a Windows system? I ask, because the latter might provide better GPU support (I'm not sure).
I'm running Windows VMs on Windows 7 and I don't see the alert. I find I can use GPU acceleration in a VMware virtual machine, though the virtual VRAM isn't large enough to use 3D functionality. I don't do a lot of production work in this mode, though, just testing. But things like the animated zoom and other GPU functions seem to work just fine.
Make sure you have the latest VMware software.
Here's what I see in Photoshop Help - System Info when run in a VM with Photoshop CS6:
Adobe Photoshop Version: 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00) x64
Operating System: Windows NT
System architecture: Intel CPU Family:6, Model:12, Stepping:2 with MMX, SSE Integer, SSE FP, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Physical processor count: 8
Processor speed: 3458 MHz
Built-in memory: 8191 MB
Free memory: 7014 MB
Memory available to Photoshop: 7206 MB
Memory used by Photoshop: 90 %
Image tile size: 128K
Image cache levels: 4
OpenGL Drawing: Enabled.
OpenGL Drawing Mode: Basic
OpenGL Allow Normal Mode: False.
OpenGL Allow Advanced Mode: False.
OpenGL Allow Old GPUs: Not Detected.
Video Card Vendor: VMware, Inc.
Video Card Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on SVGA3D; build: RELEASE;
Display Bounds:= top: 0, left: 1600, bottom: 1200, right: 3200
Display Bounds:= top: 0, left: 0, bottom: 1200, right: 1600
Video Card Number: 1
Video Card: VMware SVGA 3D
Driver Version: 188.8.131.521
Driver Date: 20121003000000.000000-000
Video Card Driver: vm3dum64.dll,vm3dum,vm3dgl64.dll,vm3dgl
Video Mode: 1600 x 1200 x 4294967296 colors
Video Card Caption: VMware SVGA 3D
Video Card Memory: 128 MB
Video Rect Texture Size: 8192
Serial number: redacted
Application folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\
Temporary file path: C:\TEMP\
Photoshop scratch has async I/O enabled
C:\, 159.7G, 118.9G free
Required Plug-ins folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\Required\
Primary Plug-ins folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\Plug-ins\
Additional Plug-ins folder: \\Noelc4\c\DEV\ProDigital\trunk\plugins\Output\Win\LastBuild\x64\
For what it's worth, there are even tricky ways to force it into Advanced mode, and that also seems to work on the VM, enabling such things as accelerated Liquify.
I was able to bypass the issue by creating a new user profile, running Photoshop and allowing it to disable the settings in question, and then using the contents of "C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings" in a template profile so all users will have the setting disabled on first logon.
You're working around a VMWare bug in their video drivers. You still need to contact VMWare and see if they have updates, or if they need more information to fix the bug in their drivers.
Chris, I appreciate your attempts to be helpful but if you'll direct your eyeballs to the original post you'll find that a workaround is exactly what I was seeking.
That error is not "expected": you have a driver with bugs.
You've got a workaround, but still need a solution. Don't just stop at the workaround.
I'll be the judge of my VDI environment, thank you very much.
Thank you, RH. We're running vSphere 5.1 and using a product Unidesk for building desktops. I just ran into this issue while layering CS6 Photoshop and Illustrator; adjusting this in the profile of the source image resolved the issue so we can resume use in production and continue researching alternatives. Much appreciated!