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Windows 7: Get Debian in fullscreen on VirtualBox

26 Aug 2010   #1
MPREv

Windows 7
 
 
Get Debian in fullscreen on VirtualBox

Hi,

I got a Windows 7 (x64), 4GB of RAM, VT-x and a Display of 1440x900.

I've got installed Virtual Box and ran a Debian Linux (Console only!) in it.
But the Proble ist to get it working in full screen or at least full-screen window.

I know i ned to use the [HOST]+[F]. But this also don't do a got job,
as the Content is in a small box in the center of the Display with black around.

I also tried a WinXP in the VBox. At first it doesn't work:
1024x768 -> smaller than Display
1280x800 -> bigger than Display in vertical i have to scrool
[Crt]+[D] --> Installin the Virtual Box Addins --> 1024x768 now fits the screen.
(Installation starts automaticaly)

So I also tried it with the Debian. But no action with [Crt]+[D].
Tried: 'aptitude install virtualbox-ose-guest-modules virtualbox-ose-guest-utils'
--> "Starting VirtualBox Additions ... cannot modprobe vboxadd kernel module fail! fail!"

So I'm still not happy.
Any one with suggestion for VBox.
Or what virtualisation should I use?


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26 Aug 2010   #2
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The size of the windows besides dragging the edges manually to fill the screen is mainly determined by the screen resolution options seen in the OS run on VBox. To the greater extent this will also be a factor with any other VM program.

If the distro lacks the higher resolutions you will be limited to the size the highest available will be seen at for the most part. Dragging the edges will then only results in seeing a white border surrounding the desktop. VMs for the most are geared to run in windows not maxed out to full screen. Even when running Windows as well as the XP Mode this is the norm with that as well.
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26 Aug 2010   #3
Lemur

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

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26 Aug 2010   #4
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

That would be similar to the ALT+ENTER key combo seen with Windows according to the answer seen there.

I just checked with ubuntu only seeing two 640x480 on the 9.10 and the latest Mint 9 seeing the 1440x900 option there.


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27 Aug 2010   #5
Pusspa

 
 

u need guest additions im guessing?
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27 Aug 2010   #6
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The OS you install is a guest addition. You are running a guest OS on a Windows host machine using Virtual Box or anotner VM ware.
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28 Aug 2010   #7
MPREv

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pusspa View Post
u need guest additions im guessing?
As already mentiond I allready tried it.

The Debians with aptitude:
'aptitude install virtualbox-ose-guest-modules virtualbox-ose-guest-utils'
--> "Starting VirtualBox Additions ... cannot modprobe vboxadd kernel module fail! fail!"

And also the ones from Vbox:
'sh VBOX-Linux....-x86.s'
...
....
Doing non-kernel setup of the Guest Additions ... done.
Installing the Window System drivers ... fail!
(Could not find the X.Org or XFree86 Window System.)


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
The size of the windows besides dragging the edges manually to fill the screen is mainly determined by the screen resolution options seen in the OS run on VBox. To the greater extent this will also be a factor with any other VM program.

If the distro lacks the higher resolutions you will be limited to the size the highest available will be seen at for the most part. Dragging the edges will then only results in seeing a white border surrounding the desktop. VMs for the most are geared to run in windows not maxed out to full screen. Even when running Windows as well as the XP Mode this is the norm with that as well.
Yeah, but running Debian directly on the Notebook also shows th _whole_ Diplay used for the Console (no mater of the 'resolution').
In the true full screen mode at least ther shouldn't be a need of a high resolution.
Or how can i change a Resolution in the console?
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28 Aug 2010   #8
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Do you have X11 installed on the Debian system? Are you trying to modprobe the guest additions module into the kernel without Super User permissions?

Heres a thought, you could try getting the source code for the guest additions from Oracle, compile the kernel module, and then inject it into the 2.6.32 kernel headers (for compatibility even if its not the most current).

Best luck to you!
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28 Aug 2010   #9
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

When not in the full screen mode the resolution settings determine the size of the window you see. For ubuntu a Debian based distro the 9.10 install on VBox only saw two options for 640x480 and 800x600.

When not wanting the full screen taken up being in the full screen mode for access to things like the taskbar in the host 7 like the pinned snipping tool for example that could be an obstacle even with a dual monitor setup. Fortunately Virtual Box has another option for that as well.

Adding one more image you can see the option for guest additions under "devices". That's mostly for applications you plan to install however.


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28 Aug 2010   #10
ahriman

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) / OS X Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote:
... cannot modprobe vboxadd kernel module fail! fail
I think your problem is that your linux installation doesn't support dynamic kernel modules:

Quote:
From the VirtualBox installation manual (pg 70): (referring to Linux guests)

1. Before installing the Guest Additions, you will have to prepare your guest system for building external kernel modules. This works similarly as described in chap- ter 2.3.2, The VirtualBox kernel module, page 37, except that this step must now be performed in your Linux guest instead of on a Linux host system, as described there. Again, as with Linux hosts, we recommend using DKMS for Linux guests as well.

If it is not installed, use this command for Ubuntu/Debian systems:

sudo apt-get install dkms

<snip>
Make sure to nstall DKMS before installing the Linux Guest Additions.

2. Mount the VBoxGuestAdditions.iso file as your Linux guest’s virtual CD-ROM drive, exactly the same way as described for a Windows guest in chapter 4.2.1.1, Installation, page 66.

3. Change to the directory where your CD-ROM drive is mounted and execute as root: sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run In a 64-bit Linux guest, use VBoxLinuxAdditions-amd64.run instead.
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