Getting VMWare Server to display in 1280×800

August 23, 2007 at 11:10 pm 9 comments

Recently, I have been playing around with Vmware server to run Windows as a guest OS to Linux. I did encountered a problem with the display resolution. Like many laptop, my screen resolution is 1280×800. After I install the Vmware tool, I find that I cannot set the resolution to 1280×800. The only option appears to be 1280×960, which is beyond what the LCD can handle.

To fix the problem, I go to the Vmware directory for my virtual machine (mine is at /var/lib/vmware-server/Virtual Machine. Locate your virtual machine and edit the vmx file in this folder and add the following line:

svga.maxWidth = “1280”
svga.maxHeight = “800”

After adding the lines, reboot the virtual machine. Now when you select the display resolution, 1280×800 will be available.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michael  |  October 10, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    I assume you mean:

    svga.maxWidth = “1280″
    svga.maxHeight = “800″

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  • 2. paulsiu  |  October 18, 2007 at 9:24 am

    You are correct. I have made the correction. Thanks!

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  • 3. Stavros  |  March 11, 2008 at 5:27 am

    Very good man. I was searching for this feature. VMWare must ad this resolution because it is very common in laptops

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  • 4. Rex Wildo  |  April 18, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Thanks a lot 🙂

    Reply
  • 5. esChin  |  April 23, 2008 at 11:45 am

    perfect

    Reply
  • 6. Rick Herrick  |  June 5, 2008 at 10:02 am

    A very helpful tip! I used a combination of this to set my full-screen resolution and Autofit Guest for windowed resolutions. This works well with a Vista host with Ubuntu, Vista, and W2K3 guest VMs.

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  • 7. RaSca  |  June 19, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Very useful post. Keep up the good work !!!

    Reply
  • 8. Piyush Soni  |  October 9, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Doesn’t work on Vista Host, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. Anybody found a solution for that?

    Reply
  • 9. Pablo  |  January 15, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Thanks a lot!!
    VERY helpful.

    Reply

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