I downloaded via virtual box Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I've never used Ubuntu before but wanted to give it a shot. My host is an HP 2000 notebook pc, Intel R Core i3-3110M CPU. Graphis say VESA: Oracal VM Virtualbox VBE AAdapter

I am booting from the hard disk on the virtual machine but the graphics look horrible. Everything is so big, the icons..and it doesn't even look clear...like a bit blurry.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Again, I a new to using Ubuntu so any help explained at like the kindergarten level would be helpful.

  • Did you install the VBox Guest additions in the guest? – guntbert Aug 4 '13 at 19:35
  • Thanks guntbert. How do I do that? I have the VBOX guest additions ISO in storage tree, under Controller: IDE How do I install? – Jfar Aug 4 '13 at 19:45

In order to use higher resolutions (and for some other benefits as well) you need to install the guest additions. I take it from the virtualbox manual

  1. You need several packages beforehand: build-essential Install build-essential ( sudo apt-get install build-essential ) will pull in almost everything you need.
  2. They recommend installing dkms Install dkms( sudo apt-get install dkms )
  3. In the "Devices" menu in the virtual machine's menu bar, VirtualBox has a handy menu item named "Install guest additions", which mounts the Guest Additions ISO file inside your virtual machine.
  4. use the output of mount to determine where the image is mounted (I expect /dev/sr0)
  5. sudo -i gives you a root shell (after entering your password)
  6. type cd /dev/sr0 (or what is appropriate in your case)
  7. type sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run for the actual installation/build process to start (it will take some time)
  8. end your root shell with CTRLD
  9. log out of your session and then log in again (you could also reboot the system)

Now you will get a much better resolution and you will be able to resize the window with the VM.

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Try fixing this with the following:

  • Devices -> Install Guest Additions CD Image -> Run
  • Restart your virtual machine.
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