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    Question how to maximize window

    Hello, this is my very first attempt at Linux. I'm using Sun's Virtual Box on a Windows XP box to run Ubuntu 8.04.
    My (stupid) question is: why do I only get a tiny window in the center of the monitor with black all around? Is this due to the Virtual Box or Linux itself??

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    Re: how to maximize window

    virtualbox i belive, might be some monitor settings that's wrong with linux also. but i belive it's the first

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    Re: how to maximize window

    because your using the generic drivers for the virtualbox emulated hardware

    You need to install the drivers
    These are provided with Virtualbox, and are called the "Guest additions"

    with Ubuntu booted in Virtualbox, click
    Devices > Install guest additions

    You should see a CD ROM being mounted in Ubuntu (CD icon on the desktop)

    Now, open up a terminal,
    Applications > Accessories > terminal
    type in "sudo nautilus"

    This will open up a root session on nautilus
    (the file browser)

    Navigate to the CD, and double click on the appropriate Linux .run file
    (x86 if your running 32bit windows, amd64 if running 64bit windows)

    When asked, say "run in terminal"

    you will need to reboot the virtual machine

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    Re: how to maximize window

    Amauk,

    I appreciate your quick and detailed response, however I'm having trouble finding "Devices" in VirtualBox. I have 3 items in the standard menu: File, Machine, & Help. I also have 3 tabs in the right-hand frame: Details, Snapshots, & Description. I have also looked under the Settings icon, but still do not find Devices.

    In regards to the other instructions, I can find the terminal window in Ubuntu but when I type "sudo nautilus" I get a windows looking 'explorer' window with only one folder and no CD.

    HELP! What am I doing wrong?

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    Re: how to maximize window

    It's on the VM window, not the Virtualbox GUI window

    press right-ctrl + F
    (to unmaximize the VM)

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    Re: how to maximize window

    Amauk,
    Thanks again for your patience and help.
    I used the right Ctrl+F to unmaximize the VM window so now I see the Machine, Devices, and Help Menus. HOORAY!
    I clicked the Devices > Install guest additions as you suggest but did not see any CD (icon) being mounted on the Ubuntu desktop...

    I proceeded with your terminal instructions.

    After I typed sudo nautilus at the Ubuntu terminal command prompt, I received the message: "seahorse nautilus-share extension
    ** (nautilus:7960): WARNING **: Unable to add monitor: Not supported Nautilus-Share_message: Called "net usershare info" but it failed: 'net usershare' returned error 255: net usershare: cannot open usershare directory /var/lib/samba/usershares. Error No such file or directory
    Please ask your system administrator to enable user sharing.
    seahorse nautilus module shutdown

    What now? (I apoligize for being so ignorant)

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    Re: how to maximize window

    have you actually installed Ubuntu on the VM
    or are you running it off of the CD image?

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    Re: how to maximize window

    Dear Sir,
    I think I am running it off the CD image.
    I followed the following instructions from the VirtualBox guide:

    If you have downloaded installation media from the Internet in the form of an
    ISO image file (most probably in the case of a Linux distribution), you would
    normally burn this file to an empty CD or DVD and proceed as just described.
    With VirtualBox however, you can skip this step and mount the ISO file directly.
    VirtualBox will then present this file as a CD or DVD-ROM drive to the virtual
    machine, much like it does with virtual hard disk images.
    In this case, in the settings dialog, go to the “CD/DVD-ROM” section and select
    “ISO image file”. This brings up the Virtual Disk Image Manager, where you
    perform the following steps:
    1. Press the “Add” button to add your ISO file to the list of registered images.
    This will present an ordinary file dialog that allows you to find your ISO file
    on your host machine.
    2. Back to the manager window, select the ISO file that you just added and
    press the “Select” button. This selects the ISO file for your VM.

    Is my assumption correct--am I running it from the CD?
    IF so, how do I install it directly as you seem to be suggesting?

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    Re: how to maximize window

    If you're running off the CD image, you'll see a icon on the desktop that says install, double-click that.
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    Wink Re: how to maximize window

    Ozzie & Amauk,
    Thanks so very much for helping me out! Kudos to both.

    btw, my moniker should not say "First Cup of Ubuntu" but more correctly, "First sip from the first cup of Ubuntu" !

    I'm going to reboot it now and see if I create a wormhole or time warp...

    HEY, it WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You guys are awesome! Thanks again and keep your eyes out for me--this will not be my last question!
    Last edited by mhinkle; January 6th, 2009 at 06:22 PM. Reason: updated comments

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