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    Cannot change resolution on Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop with VMware tools

    Hi,

    I installed a new linux guest in my VMWare Vsphere 5.1 enviroment.
    This guest is an Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop.

    After the installation of VMWare tools I wanted to change the resolution because now it is 800x600. I cannot change the resolution cause then the system hangs.
    Except when I change it to 1024x768 it works. If I change it into a higher resolution it also hangs if i apply the resolution. VMWare tools should normally manage the resolution.. What is wrong here?
    The display is displayed as "Unknown" under the display menu in Ubuntu.

    Kr,

    Joeri
    Last edited by jfeyen; August 19th, 2013 at 11:58 AM.

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    Re: Cannot change resolution on Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop with VMware tools

    Have you tried rerunning VMware Tools?

    Open a Terminal window and launch the VMware Tools configuration program, by running this command:
    Code:
    sudo vmware-config-tools.pl
    Follow the prompts and make the necessary changes.
    Close the Terminal window and restart the virtual machine.
    Please mark your thread as solved if you get a satisfactory response.
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    Re: Cannot change resolution on Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop with VMware tools

    Quote Originally Posted by slickymaster View Post
    Have you tried rerunning VMware Tools?

    Open a Terminal window and launch the VMware Tools configuration program, by running this command:
    Code:
    sudo vmware-config-tools.pl
    Follow the prompts and make the necessary changes.
    Close the Terminal window and restart the virtual machine.
    Hi,

    I already tried that. Still the same issue.
    Shouldn't the VMware installer ask for the resolution?

    Kr,

    Joeri

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    Re: Cannot change resolution on Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop with VMware tools

    Quote Originally Posted by jfeyen View Post
    ...
    I already tried that. Still the same issue.
    Shouldn't the VMware installer ask for the resolution?
    Kr,
    Joeri
    Yes it should. When you run the command did you get any prompts from it?

    Anyway, over here, Howto install VMware tools on Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04 Debian, at the end of step 4, it's said that:
    To enable advanced X features (e.g., guest resolution fit, drag and drop, and file and text copy/paste), you will need to do one (or more) of the following:
    1. Manually start /usr/bin/vmware-user
    2. Log out and log back into your desktop session; and,
    3. Restart your X session.
    Please mark your thread as solved if you get a satisfactory response.
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    Re: Cannot change resolution on Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop with VMware tools

    Hi ,

    I found out that the virtual memory of my VMGuest was causing this problem.
    When i set the memory to 8MB it works on the higher resolution.

    Thanks for your help!

    Kr,

    Joeri

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    Re: Cannot change resolution on Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop with VMware tools

    Glad you've got it fixed.

    Please, don't forget to marked this thread as SOLVED. Follow the link in my signature if you don't know how to do it.

    And be very welcome to the forums.
    Please mark your thread as solved if you get a satisfactory response.
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