Sun xVM Virtual Box - Ubuntu Screen Resolution

Virtual Box Screen Cap

If you're like me you've installed Ubuntu as a Virtual Machine inside of your day to day OS using Sun xVM VirtualBox (By far the Easiest to use freely available VM tool - it just works). And if you're like me you were perplexed that for all your efforts you couldn't easily adjust the screen resolution of the Ubuntu VM.

That is until you read either this post - or the post I link to: Installing Guest Additions for Ubuntu

I'm not going into all the specific details of this operation (the link provided does a good job). But, basically, once you've got Ubuntu running inside of Sun xVM Virtual Box you need to take one more step. If you click the menu item shown in the screen cap, Ubuntu will open its file browser exposing the location of the Guest Additions available to you. Once you know where they are, you pop open a terminal - cd to that location and run the Guest Addition .run file that matches your host OS.

After that you can reboot Ubuntu - and you will have the following:

  • Resizing the VM window automatically resizes (increases/decreases) the resolution of the Ubuntu desktop.
  • Mouse pointer can freely move between the VM and your host OS desktop (no need to press a special key)
  • You can share a clipboard between your host OS and Ubuntu. i.e. if you copy some text from an app on your normal desktop, you'll be able to paste it into an app in Ubuntu

And with all that you have a much happier experience playing with Ubuntu.


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November 1st 2008 3PM
By: andre