I installed the project NEON ppa in Ubuntu 14.04 to check out the new KDE in a VM. I can't seem to figure out how to change the display resolution. Its stuck at 800x600.

Edit: I'm using vmware player 6.0.3 with vmware tools installed. The unity desktop session runs at 1440x900. If I log out and switch to plasma5 session, its stuck at 800x600.

  • Same issue I am having with my Virtualbox guest. Ubuntu 14.04 with Plasma 5 packages installed. Both Unity and Plasma 5 have the same issue for me. I have tried downloading guest additions in virtualbox and devoting more resources to the VM. No luck – Callen L Aug 18 '14 at 20:09
  • possible duplicate of Higher screen resolution in VirtualBox? – Tim Aug 18 '14 at 21:45
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    im using vmware player. vmware-tools installed – koogee Aug 18 '14 at 21:48
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    It also happens to me. I have upgraded VMware Player to 6.0.4 build-2249910, and have tried open-vm-tools, but I get this bug: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/open-vm-tools/+bug/1362631 Have you reported your bug to: - VMware? I suspect they support Ubuntu and not Kubuntu - Ubuntu (via Launchpad) - KDE (bugs.kde.org) I wonder if it is related to bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=337560 and Kubuntu does not have the fix yet. – Marco Parillo Nov 1 '14 at 20:31

I have the same issue and have the following workaround:

It is possible to set the resolution from a command line using 'xrandr'. Running just xrandr allows you to see the current resolution and the other valid resolutions.

From a command line you can run 'xrandr -s 1024x768' and the screen in VMware will reset to that size!

You can even set this at KDE startup by doing the following:

  • click KDE start icon
  • select System Settings
  • select Startup and Shutdown
  • click Add Program...
  • enter 'xrandr -s 1024x768' in the text box
  • be sure the "run in Terminal" checkbox is checked
  • follow the rest of the prompts to set it as a startup command.

The next time you log in, it will start at 800x600 but at the end of the login you will see the screen resize!

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  • Almost worked, but it reverts back to 800x600 right away still :( – jocull May 10 '19 at 15:56
  • @jocull, you probably did this, but... When you ran xrandr without operands, did you get a list of valid resolutions, and did you pick one of those? – cniggeler May 13 '19 at 16:10
  • I went back and tried this again just to be sure, but yes - I got a long list of valid resolutions and tried several, but they are reverted within a couple seconds at most. – jocull May 13 '19 at 17:24
  • Sorry, I don't have much else to offer. I remember that one needed a later version of VMware to allow it to automatically resize, but this is 3 years back now and I don't recall... Good luck, and post if you find a solution! – cniggeler May 15 '19 at 15:43
  • It might just be a quirk of virtualbox :) – jocull May 15 '19 at 18:01

If you try the xrandr command and it doesn't work:

  • Power off the VM
  • Go to display setting in Oracle VirtualBox and
  • Change the graphics controller

It may take a couple of tries to find one that works.

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Go to view → autosize → autofitguest in VMware vm window. Now stretch the vm VMware window and it will autosize for you

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