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SoCalRox    246

Freshly installed Xubuntu VM, VMWare player 15.04 build 12990004, Xubuntu 19.04. Win 10 1903 host, 8GB/256GB, i5-6300U

 

VMWare tools is installed, but for the life of me, I cannot get the VM to kick it up to 1920x1080. I have other, higher resolutions available, but not the one I want to use. Ideas?

 

 

 

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Brandon H    2,918

if you're using the official VMWare tools uninstall that and install open-vm-tools the open-source version is much better supported these days

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Vince800    252

19.04 has the open-vm-tools included. Anyway this can be resolved by following the instructions on this thread:

 

https://askubuntu.com/a/556836

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Brandon H    2,918
11 minutes ago, Vince800 said:

19.04 has the open-vm-tools included. Anyway this can be resolved by following the instructions on this thread:

 

https://askubuntu.com/a/556836

If he manually installed the VMWare tools from VMWare Player it may have overwritten the open-vm-tools though; if the open tools are working correctly then it should auto-resize as needed without needing to use a manual script. no need to manually change resolution in settings either. it would sync with host resolution and adjust based on window size or if in full-screen.

 

Xubuntu may or may not have the package by default since it's a spin of Ubuntu meant to be lighter so could have some packages cut from the default install

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Vince800    252
13 minutes ago, Brandon H said:

If he manually installed the VMWare tools from VMWare Player it may have overwritten the open-vm-tools though; if the open tools are working correctly then it should auto-resize as needed without needing to use a manual script. no need to manually change resolution in settings either. it would sync with host resolution and adjust based on window size or if in full-screen.

 

Xubuntu may or may not have the package by default since it's a spin of Ubuntu meant to be lighter so could have some packages cut from the default install

Regardless 1920x1080 isn't present in the list of resolutions unless as you say, he wants to run it fullscreen and 1920x1080 is his native resolution then yes, it should automatically do this when he goes fullscreen.

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SoCalRox    246
28 minutes ago, Brandon H said:

if you're using the official VMWare tools uninstall that and install open-vm-tools the open-source version is much better supported these days

That was my original install, but absolutely nothing worked with it. No sharing of the hosts folders, no screen settings... zilch.

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SoCalRox    246

Vince- thanks for the link. I knew xrandr would do the job but have been off of Linux for a few months and couldn't recall the dang name.

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Brandon H    2,918
3 minutes ago, SoCalRox said:

That was my original install, but absolutely nothing worked with it. No sharing of the hosts folders, no screen settings... zilch.

that's unusual. must be because 19.04 is still rather new and proper support hasn't been added to the open-source tools yet.

 

glad you got it working though :)

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SoCalRox    246

That was my thought- it must be something conflicting in the new release. I shoulda known better than to go with the latest!

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SoCalRox    246

By the way, Brandon- I have another Ubuntu VM (this one is Lubuntu) on 19.04 and it, as well, has the "open source" tools installed, and they are no working. Completely different VM. Must be something needs tweaking.

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Vince800    252

I've only tested Kubuntu 19.04 as KDE is the only DE I can tolerate. open-vm-tools worked flawlessly on it so I find that really strange, but then I'm using Workstation so it could be an issue with VMware player perhaps.

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