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Every time I attempt installing Ubuntu on my VM it goes flawlessly until the initial startup of the OS, but I can't seem to fit the machine inside my screen resolution.

I installed a pre-made VM for an open source project and the resolution was fine; everything was scaled and actually a full screen. However, once I updated to the newest version of Ubuntu my resolution became a small little square with a whole ton of black around it in "fullscreen" mode.

I looked at the resolution option in system but it doesn't seem to support my computer's resolution. Is there any way for me to get the real fullscreen mode back? Maybe I'm missing an option to detect resolution for the monitor or advanced options...

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What VM solution are you using? Qemu+KVM, VirtualBox, VMWare, XEN...? How are you "connecting" to it? Direct output to your X, VNC...? –  peterph Dec 6 '12 at 2:10
I'm using VirtualBox and connecting to it by pressing the 'start button', so a direct connect i would assume. –  Need4Sleep Dec 6 '12 at 2:19
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