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Windows 7: Screen resolution in Virtual Box with Ubuntu


05 Dec 2010   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
Screen resolution in Virtual Box with Ubuntu

This is not really a windows7 issue, but maybe someone knows the answer. I am running Ubuntu in Virtual Box. The best screen resolution I can get is 800x600 which is kind of small for a 22" screen. Does anybody know how to up that screen resolution.


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05 Dec 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

I love Ubuntu!

You can use gedit, vim or vi to edit the conf file found in /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Back it up first just in case.

Specify the resolution. Hope that works.
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06 Dec 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
I love Ubuntu!

You can use gedit, vim or vi to edit the conf file found in /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Back it up first just in case.

Specify the resolution. Hope that works.
Thanks Lemur. One day when I have aquired minimum Ubuntu skills I will try that. At this point I have to figure out how to use gedit.
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06 Dec 2010   #4

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Actually, I used vi going back to Solaris. I'm guessing vi and vim are pretty similar. There's a learning curve but, once you learn it, you can go global searches, page up, page down, find, replace, fixed transposed letters, etc. I think someone experience with vi is faster than a gui interface. LOL.

VI and VIM editor: Tutorial and advanced features
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06 Dec 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
Actually, I used vi going back to Solaris. I'm guessing vi and vim are pretty similar. There's a learning curve but, once you learn it, you can go global searches, page up, page down, find, replace, fixed transposed letters, etc. I think someone experience with vi is faster than a gui interface. LOL.

VI and VIM editor: Tutorial and advanced features
Thank you very much for the link. More to learn. It never ends - but that's the fun of it.
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06 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Have you installed the Guest Addons of VirtualBox?
Until you do, you won't have control of the VBox window size.
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06 Dec 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rap33042 View Post
Have you installed the Guest Addons of VirtualBox?
Until you do, you won't have control of the VBox window size.
Hmm, "Guest add-ons" - no idea what those are. Can you help me find them? Between vBox and Ubuntu I feel like an ignorant. Maybe I should not experiment with such stuff at my age - LOL.
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06 Dec 2010   #8

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Keep in mind I have VMWare Player. I did have virtualbox, but I couldn't get my webcam to work under it. Hopefully it plays nicer with USB devices now.

Anyhow, this might be helpful for virtualbox:

How to install VirtualBox Guest Additions - Tutorial
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06 Dec 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Great, thanks Lemur. I will work on that when I am back to the vBox.
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06 Dec 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Mount a CD/DVD and choose the GuestAdditions.iso (this is 'packaged with VBox- you'll have no trouble...)
You'll have to reboot the VBox guest afterwards, but the rewards are tremendous...
Enjoy!
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