Getting Higher Screen Resolution for a Ubuntu 11.04 Guest in Virtual Box

Written by James McDonald

April 2, 2011

I have a Linux Mint 10 Host with Virtual Box 3.2.8 OSE installed.

I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 Beta as VBox guest but the VBox Guest Additions that come with VBox 3.2.8 won’t compile for the X11 on Ubuntu 11.04 so I was restricted to 1024×768 resolution.

My monitor supports a higher res. So to get a higher res in the Ubuntu 11.04 guest the answer is:

# install the vbox x11 module available 
# from the standard repositories in the guest
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose-guest-x11
# reboot

Update Ubuntu 11.10

# install the vbox x11 module available 
# from the standard repositories in the guest
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-utils
# reboot

There was one weird thing once I did the above and rebooted the guest. The guest would only give me 1280×960 instead of my actual physical monitor resolution of 1280×1024. But it’s better than what I had before.

2 Comments

  1. Idalvar

    Thanks for the tip !
    I had the same problem and now it’s fixed + unity is working now

    Reply
  2. UsagiMD

    It’s not working for me, I must have done something wrong…

    Reply

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