I had recently installed VMware 4.0+ on my Windows 7 Home Premium machine. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on it. However, when I turn on my VM, Ubuntu doesn't run in full screen mode. Moreover, the performance of VMware is a bit choppy and not all that smooth.

I have a full HD display with 1920x1080 in my Windows 7 system. I want to be able to run Ubuntu with the same resolution.


If the automatic mode fails yo could try with xrandr in a console to see which resolutions Ubuntu supports. It will give you something like this:

$ xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1366 x 768, maximum 8192 x 8192
VGA1 connected 1366x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 410mm x 230mm
   1366x768       59.8*+
   1024x768       75.1     70.1     60.0  
   832x624        74.6  
   800x600        72.2     75.0     60.3     56.2  
   640x480        72.8     75.0     66.7     60.0  
   720x400        70.1  

And then:

$xrandr -s  1366x768
  • Manually adding a screen resolution in a VM running on VMWare Player makes the guest CPU go up to 100% and finally crash after about 10-15 seconds.
    – Daniel
    Jan 13 '16 at 9:09
  1. Enable 3D acceleration in VMware.
  2. Set the Display option to "AuTomatic"/"host screen"
  3. Install VMware tools in Ubuntu to enable dynamic screen resizing.
  4. Use Ctrl+Alt+Enter to enable/disable full-screen mode.
  • 1
    Sometimes just installing VMware Tools is enough. Jul 6 '12 at 16:48
  • This setting doesn't exist for me (VMware Workstation 12 Player, 12.1.1), but instead I checked the Virtual Machine Settings -> Options -> Power -> "Enter full screen mode after powering on" checkbox.
    – jtpereyda
    Jul 14 '16 at 17:54

This seems to be a bug related to either VMWare or the xorg module in Ubuntu. More information can be found here. In my case, this issue arose because I dock to a monitor at work that is 16:10, instead of 16:9 on my laptop screen. I was able to utilize a workaround (mentioned by Karan in above link) whereby I left full-screen mode with Ctrl-Alt-Enter and then reentered full-screen mode by pressing that again with my 1920x1080 resolution restored. Hopefully this workaround continues to work.


Update Ubuntu to the latest version 13.10 32 bit (as it is less resource hungry) and update your vmware player to the latest version as it is free:


And then enable 3D acceleration and install vmware tools:



For my version of VMWare Player, 12.1.1 build-3770994, there is no Display option for "Automatic"/"host screen".

Instead, I:

  1. Installed VMWare Tools. I was on Ubuntu 16.04 and open-vm-tools-desktop worked best for me. See this question.
  2. Checked the Virtual Machine Settings -> Options -> Power -> "Enter full screen mode after powering on" checkbox.

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