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Thread: Running Ubuntu in VM Player

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    Running Ubuntu in VM Player

    Hi,
    I have a recurring problem with running all flavors of linux in a VM. I just now installed VM Player and Ubuntu 10.04 Server. I'm not running Xwindows because I really just want to run it as a server and nothing else.

    My problem is this: In text only mode the text box takes up literllay 1.8th of my screen. It's tiny, it's annoying, I can only get a very small number of characters on the screen at once. It's like working in linux on a wyse terminal in 1997 - in short, it sucks.

    So is there anything I can do about this? I'd like to get this window to fill my screen if possible. I'd like as many characters on my screen at one time as possible. Is there any way I can change the appearance?

    I've googled for maybe an hour with no luck so I'm hoping you can help me.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Running Ubuntu in VM Player

    Have you installed the VMware Tools... that makes a big difference.
    Regards, frank, at http://yantrayoga.typepad.com/noname/
    Homebuilt Lian-Li PC-Q30X Intel i5-4670K 4.0GHz, SSDs, 16G RAM | Dell laptop E1505n, netbook 10n
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    Re: Running Ubuntu in VM Player

    I have installed it but I don't think it helps if you're just running the CLI.

    In the past installing the tools has allowed me to raise the resolution when running GUI but it doesn't appear to be doing anything for me in CLI.

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    Re: Running Ubuntu in VM Player

    Hmmm... I don't run Ubuntu as a VM but as host to Player with WinXP as guest. I looked over what is available in CLI under Windows but don't see anything that would permit changing the font size or even the windows.

    You might look at the .vmx file to see if there is anything there for a CLI parameter.

    Good luck!
    Regards, frank, at http://yantrayoga.typepad.com/noname/
    Homebuilt Lian-Li PC-Q30X Intel i5-4670K 4.0GHz, SSDs, 16G RAM | Dell laptop E1505n, netbook 10n
    Oracle VBox w/ WinXP Pro running Xara Designer, PaintShopPro, and InDesign CS.

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