Ubuntu does not go to full screen resolution

Discussion in 'Linux Guest OS Discussion' started by tkubaska, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. tkubaska

    tkubaska

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    This problem has bothered me all day today and I've put in several hours of research so help is strongly appreciated. I just bought and installed Parallels today.

    I've been looking through this forum all day but cannot find anyone with the issue I am experiencing. I've also checked the Ubuntu forums. I think my issue is on the overlap with Parallels and Ubuntu.

    Here's some Ubuntu information...
    When I run Ubuntu 8.04, it comes up OK but does not fill my screen in Full Screen Mode. The resolution of my MacBook is 1440x900, but I do not see that option under System->Preferences->Screen Resolution for Ubuntu. In fact I cannot find where the resolutions listed in the Ubuntu dropdown are defined ... I checked /etc/X11/xorg.conf where I expected them to be), but there are no specific resolutions listed there.

    Here's some Parallels information ...
    Now I can fill up my screen by setting Preferences->Appearances and clicking Change Mac OS X resolution. But then the resolution is poor (although filling the screen).

    On Windows host, Ubuntu guest and VMware workstation I do not see this problem.

    Specifics ...
    Mac OS X 10.5.4 (9E17)
    MacBook Pro
    Graphics NVIDEA (0x10de) Rom Revision 3212

    Parallels Desktop 3.0 Build 5608

    -ted
     
  2. Bradillac

    Bradillac

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    Last edited: Sep 14, 2008
  3. tkubaska

    tkubaska

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    thanks I'll try this

    I did get full screen by messing with x.org.conf on my own. Single screen does not work so well, but full screen is fine. By single screen not working well, I meant it is a large single screen that I cannot resize. But as I said full screen is so far doing what it should.

    I was unable to install Paralleltools the last time I tried. I got the error message that everyone else seems to get. I'll try with this new build. I have the 15-inch MacBook Pro version with max 1440x900.

    I was going to attach the x.org.conf file I edited but 1) it's very similar to that blog entry you pointed me to earlier and 2) you already seem to have a better solution.

    -ted
     
  4. Bradillac

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  5. John@Parallels

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  6. bits95

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    A known good xorg.conf file for Intel iMac 20 inch with ATI

    Hey all. None of the links or suggestions corrected my resolutions problems with Ubuntu 8.04, however I remembered having Ubuntu 7.10 installed for Parallels 3.0 and its full resolution of 1680x1050 worked perfect in every way (full screen or single screen). I copied the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file from version 7.10 to 8.04 and restarted X display manager. Poof, all is well in my universe for now.

    I'm not sure what's in the xorg.conf file that makes it work correctly, I think it's the DRI option at the bottom of the file. I think that's for ATI cards, which I have an ATI X1600 in my Intel iMac running Mac OS X (10.5) Leopard.

    I can't remember where I had found the fix. Try it out, but save your original xorg.conf file first.

    http://macbent.blogspot.com/2008/10/ubuntu-resolution-on-20-imac.html
     
  7. jackball

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    I tried this, but I can't install Parallels-Tools. When trying to follow the on-screen instructions, I fail at accessing Parallels-Tools installation files. When I browse the content on /media/cdrom it looks like this:

    http://img395.imageshack.us/my.php?image=parallelspicturelq0.png

    I assume that the cd-rom drive should have Parallels Desktop cd inserted, but I don't have one, since I bought the download version.

    So I can't install Parallels-Tools. Anyone have any suggestions? It'd be sweet to run Ubuntu Studio in full screen mode at 1280x1024, or even in Full HD resolutions, but it's a no go at the moment.

    I also have another problem: I can't shutdown Ubuntu Studio cleanly. My Vista shutdown always failed when I had Airport turned on in MacOSX. After having turned it off, Vista shut down cleanly. Now my Ubuntu Studio just hangs in there and doesn't turn off.
     
  8. jackball

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    OK, I managed to get Ubuntu Studio to full screen with the help of this:

    http://www.simplehelp.net/2007/04/2...-os-x-using-parallels-a-complete-walkthrough/

    Just had to emulate the cd/dvd-rom drive in configuration editor and I was able to install Parallels-Tools and now I'm able to run Ubuntu Studio in full screen mode @ 1280x1024.

    Still Ubuntu hangs when stutdown. Not really a big problem, since I can stop the virtual machine, but it'd be nice if I could do a clean shut down of Ubuntu.
     
  9. tulf

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    Parallels Tools won`t install

    With ubuntu 8.10 and the mentioned new build of parallels for Mac the installation of parallels tools fails
    for the reason: Expected xorg version 1.5, installed version 1.5.2 .
    This a annoying! please advise for a fix. The installation script of parallels tols does provide an option
    for this problem.
    Kind Regards
    tulf
     
  10. Specimen

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    @jackball

    Parallels Tools come with Parallels either it's the download version or not.
     
  11. disciple

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    Now there is only one solution for Ubuntu 8.10 - Parallels Desktop 4.
     
  12. Specimen

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    This of course means that there eventually be a version of PDM 3 that works with Ubuntu 8.10, if you say 8.10 will probably not work under PDM 3 and I have to switch to PDM 4 I'll switch to another VM solution right away because that gives me zero guarantees that the next version of Ubuntu will work with PDM 4 and you'll be by then saying it will only work with PDM 5 and we have to pay for the upgrade. Also if you say PDM 3 will support 8.10 you better mean it. Careful with what you say.
     
  13. AntonioT

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    I have just installed Parallels Desktop 4.0 trial version, to test if I can get Ubuntu 9.04 to work properly. Everything seems to work fine, except for the resolution, since I can only set 1024 x 768. This is unfortunate, so I tried to modify the xorg.conf, but whatever I write in it doesn't seem to affect the results. Does anyone know how to fix this?

    Thank you very much in advance.
     
  14. MSverboten

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    Configure your Ubuntu VM to have at least 16MB of memory as it usually defaults to 3MB. That is how I got mine to work properly.
     
  15. AntonioT

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    Thank you very much, now it works perfectly :)
     
  16. bostonantifan

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    What is build 5624? Parallels 4.0 for Mac is at 3846?
     
  17. dersh

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    I had 4.0 installed and ubuntu 8.04 was working fine with parallel tools. I just upgraded to 5.0, reinstalled parallel tools and now I get an error on boot:
    "ubuntu is running in low-graphics mode. Your screen and graphics card could not be detected correctly. To use higher resolutions, visual effects or multiple screens you have to configure the display yourself"
    I really am not sure how to configure, so I have just hit continue.
    And the mouse in/out of the window is working.
    So it seems that with this upgrade to 5.0 parallel tools for Linux (or Ubuntu anyway) is broken.
    Any ideas?
     
  18. RussB

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    Try running the following from a terminal command window...

    sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

    Also, make sure you increase the amount of RAM available for the video driver. Mine defaulted to 2 or 3MB. I believe you need at least 8MB.

    Also, if you loose your mouse, you'll need to comment out the line in xorg.conf about the Parallels Mouse. I had too. Restart the X server, and you'll get it back

    Section "ServerLayout"
    InputDevice "Synaptics Touchpad"
    # InputDevice "Parallels Mouse" "CorePointer"
    Identifier "Default Layout"
    Screen "Default Screen"
    EndSection
     
  19. Stephen Martin

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    Memory to video in configuration of Parallels for Ubuntu 9.10 was 3MB, only good for 800x640.

    Took video RAM up to 16MB, and now it's full screen no problem.

    Parallels 5 VMTools kills Ubuntu 9.10, though ... had to restore from Time Machine to pre-vmtools state.
     
  20. Rita W

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    unable to go to full screen resolution in Ubuntu

    I just downloaded the newest version of Ubuntu 9.10 and i have parallels 5 newest version. I checked ram is 2G video gives me max resolution the only thing is i still don't have full screen? Unable to install parallels tools. Anyone have any suggestions on how to fix the problem? thanks
     

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