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    18.04 VM no longer allows screen resize

    After a recent update I had several issues with my 18.04 VM. First got the freeze on the splash screen. Setting nomodeset in Grub fixed that.
    But I cpi;dn't resize the screen anymore. I uninstalled and reinstalled open-vm-tools and open-vm-tools-desktop, and found another post here https://github.com/vmware/open-vm-tools/issues/303 and added the Requires and After tags to the open-vm-tools.service file. Afterward it will let me resize but only a little bit.
    In the system config I only get the option to use up to 1176x885. Any suggestions?

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    Re: 18.04 VM no longer allows screen resize

    I would call VMware for support.

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    Re: 18.04 VM no longer allows screen resize

    Apparently this is a new issue with open-vm-tools and something that's changed in the last few updates in Ubuntu. Since my original post, I did the upgrade to 18.10, at which point the issue still exists, and then upgraded to 19.04, and still the same issue persists. I have added modes using xrandr for 1440x900 and 1920x1080. It shows that it's using those modes but the screen size still doesn't stretch fully ... my monitor is 1920x1080 and it's not filling it.
    Before this happened I could always open it in VMRC and stretch it to any size I wanted in one of my monitors. Now it's just refusing to do so.
    Hopefully something open-vm-tools devs will fix soon.

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    Re: 18.04 VM no longer allows screen resize

    Have you tried to edit,"/lib/systemd/system/open-vm-tools.service"
    Code:
    sudoedit /lib/systemd/system/open-vm-tools.service
    Add just under [Unit] the following line:
    Code:
    After=display-manager.service
    Example of mine:
    Code:
    [Unit]
    After=display-manager.service
    Description=Service for virtual machines hosted on VMware
    Documentation=http://open-vm-tools.sourceforge.net/about.php
    ConditionVirtualization=vmware
    DefaultDependencies=no
    Before=cloud-init-local.service
    After=vgauth.service
    After=apparmor.service
    RequiresMountsFor=/tmp
    After=systemd-remount-fs.service systemd-tmpfiles-setup.service systemd-modules$
    
    [Service]
    ExecStart=/usr/bin/vmtoolsd
    TimeoutStopSec=5
    
    [Install]
    WantedBy=multi-user.target
    Save the file and reboot. The screen should be able to fit as needed."
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    Re: 18.04 VM no longer allows screen resize

    Yes, I have done that. It will resize, but only up to a certain point. It stops around 1176 or something. Won't go anywhere near 1440, 1600 or 1920 resolutions.

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