Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ubuntu resolution in VirtualBox - revisited

Apparently it isn't enough to install the guest additions in order to get a proper resolution in Ubuntu under VirtualBox. A further necessary step is to use the vboxmanage tool (from the command line) to adjust the resolution as follows:

vboxmanage setextradata "VMname" CustomVideoMode1 AxBxC

where OSname is the name of your virtual machine as it appears in VirtualBox, AxB is your resolution, and C is your colour depth. For example, the command to adjust the resolution on my laptop is:

vboxmanage setextradata "Ubuntu 10.04 LTS i386" CustomVideoMode1 1366x768x32

Restart Now, or Restart Now

The saga of Microsoft's dumbass message boxes is back in the Visual C# Express 2010 installer.

Putting aside the annoyance of having to actually restart in this day and age, the "Restart Later" button is present or disabled, leaving you no option but to either restart or leave the prompt in the way.