Running Concept2 Utility in a VM

II recently found myself needing to transfer some old workout data from my Concept2 PM3 and its associated Logcard. However, as I didn’t have easy access to a Windows machine, and Concept2 only provides their utility software for Windows and Mac, I was compelled to run it in a Windows VM.

Upon connecting the PM3 to my computer and redirecting the USB device to the VM, I encountered an issue: the Concept2 Utility failed to recognize the connected PM3. In an attempt to resolve this, I downgraded the Concept2 Utility to an older version, 6.54. This version did recognize the PM3, but it still failed to recognize the Logcard.

The solution I found was to add the PM3 as a USB host device, rather than using USB redirection. This can be accomplished via the VM’s hardware detail page by selecting Add Hardware -> USB Host Device, or by using the following XML configuration:

<hostdev mode="subsystem" type="usb" managed="yes">
    <vendor id="0x17a4"/>
    <product id="0x0001"/>
  <address type="usb" bus="0" port="3"/>

The Vendor ID/Product ID (VID/PID) shown above corresponds to the PM3’s VID/PID. If you’re using a different monitor, you may need to adjust these values accordingly.

For reference, here is an example of how the PM3’s VID/PID appears:

Bus 003 Device 004: ID 17a4:0001 Concept2 Performance Monitor 3

Additional details about the setup include:

  • Windows 10 VM
  • QEMU/KVM virtualization via virt-manager.
  • Concept2 Utility verison 7.14

virt-manager: Error starting domain

Virtual Machine Manager (virt-manager) doesn’t automatically start your virtual networks. This leads to the following error when starting a vitual machine

Error starting domain: Requested operation is not valid: network 'default' is not active

To solve this error, on Virtual Machine Manger go to Edit->Connection Details->Virtual Networks, select the required network (‘default’ in our case) and press the Start Network button (has a play-button icon). You can avoid having to go through this process by ticking the Autostart checkbox, which will make the network start automatically at boot.

Sharing a folder a windows guest under virt-manager

Sharing data between guest and host system is necessary in many scenarios. If the guest is a Linux system, you can simply add a shared folder that will be automatically mounted. However, this does not work if the guest is Windows. Sometimes, you can simply workaround it by using Samba shares, but in some scenarios network configuration makes it difficult. For example, when using usermode networking, the host machine can’t communicate easily via the network with the guest.

However, there is another way to share folders in virt-manager that actually works for Windows guest – SPICE . The first step is to configure the sharing in virt-manager. In the VM details view, click on “Add Hardware” and select a “Channel” device. Set the new device name to org.spice-space.webdav.0 and leave the other fields as-is.

Now start the guest machine and install spice-webdav on the guest machine. After installing spice-webdav make sure the “Spice webdav proxy” service is actually running (via services.msc).

Now running C:\Program File\SPICE webdavd\map-drive.bat will map the shared folder, which is by default ~/Public. If you encounter the following error

System error 67 has occurred.

the network name cannot be found

It means that the Spice webdav proxy service is not running.

If you want to change the shared folder, you will have to use virt-viewer instead of virt-manager, and configure it under File->Preferences.