January 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm #160532
I have installed VMWare Player on my NC10, and then installed Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex and GOS 3.0 Gadgets as virtual machines, which work fine except there is no option in either VMWare Player or the Ubuntu/GOS for 1024×600 resolution.
Please can anybody suggest how to get this working, or another virtualisation program where they have successfully managed to get these or other Linux distros to work on the NC10 in the full 1024×600 desktop resolution.
I have looked through the four other threads that come up when searching on here for “VMWare”, but none of them cover this – that includes the Ubuntu wiki that somebody suggested in one of the threads.
DrPaulosJanuary 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm #179260azentropyMember
You need the VMWare drivers to install in Ubuntu – then you can set to pretty much any resolution. They don’t make it available via Player since you are supposed to just be “playing” a VM you created with Workstation (Windows) or Fusion (Mac).
However I thought that Ubuntu actually had it listed in their apt-get mechanism to get them that way… I hadn’t tried with 8.10, but 8.04 did have it even though it was an old version. If not get the trial of workstation, build a VM and then install it. When you did the install it will mount a pseudo CD – grab the installers from there.January 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm #179262
I am not sure understand. I am running XP Home (default NC10 version), and have loaded VMWare Player, then I have installed Ubuntu and GOS as virtual machines in VMWare Player, but there is no option for 1024×600 resolution.
If I click on default, the NC10 display is not detected.
XP Home runs fine in the 1024×600 resolution from the box.
DrPaulosJanuary 10, 2009 at 5:28 pm #179261AlfiharParticipant
Just as Windows needs drivers to work properly when installed on the NC10, Ubuntu needs drivers to work properly when installed on a VMWare virtual machine.
Have you installed the VMWare drivers in Ubuntu?January 10, 2009 at 6:02 pm #179263
Which VMware drivers in Ubuntu to do which function?
I have Windows drivers for the display which work.
VMware does not give any options to change screen resolution.
Ubuntu is loaded in VMware, and has just about every resolution other than 1024×600 available (including 1024×768 and 800×600).
Several Xorg packages and VMtools packages are loaded. Other than loading VMware itself into Ubuntu which would seem a little strange (running VMware in VMware), it is more likely that I need a video driver for Ubuntu for when it is running on an XP Hosted VMware session. The question is what would that driver be?
DrPaulosFebruary 3, 2009 at 2:57 am #179264jspragensMember
I’ve tracked down some of the bits, but not enough for a solution. I’m still looking for the magic details, but meanwhile here are a couple of points worth passing on.
* VMware Tools is a package of drivers and utilities that runs in the guest operating system. Among other things, it includes a driver for the VMware virtual display adapter. It’s worth installing in the virtual machine whether or not it helps with the immediate screen resolution issue.
You don’t say how your virtual machines were created, but it’s possible they already have VMware Tools installed. Many of the virtual machines in the Virtual Appliance Marketplace on the VMware Web site (http://www.vmware.com/appliances/marketplace.html) do have VMware Tools installed, and the notes about each virtual machine indicate whether it does or doesn’t.
To find out whether VMware Tools is installed in the guest operating system, open a terminal and enter this command:
If VMware Tools is installed, the preferences panel opens. If not, you may get a useful message.
There’s also an open source version of VMware Tools called open-vm-tools that’s available for some distributions, including Ubuntu. You can use the Synaptic package manager to install open-vm-tools, open-vm-toolbox and the other packages that Synaptic says you need to go with them.
I’m not familiar with gOS and don’t know whether the open-vm-tools package is available for that distro. The one gOS appliance I see on the VMware site doesn’t have VMware Tools installed.
* The resolutions that are available from the pick-list in the preferences panel in Ubuntu are determined somewhere in Ubuntu, in the configuration for the X server. I haven’t yet figured out how you add a resolution that’s not shown. But this can be a problem with some installations directly on the hardware, as postings on the Ubuntu site show. I played around a bit with some of the things discussed here (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Config/Resolution), but they didn’t get me anywhere.
Windows guests in a VMware virtual machine will let you resize them to pretty much any resolution you want, just by resizing the window around them. But Linux guests can be resized only to modes defined in the X configuration, according to the VMware Workstation help.
My NC10 is due to arrive later this week. When it gets here, I’ll see whether I can figure out anything more helpful.
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