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VirtualBox GUI


On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 5:43 PM, Tom Metro <tmetro-blu-5a1Jt6qxUNc at> wrote:

> Eric Chadbourne wrote:
> >> In particular I was looking for a way to set the video resolution of
> >> the VM.
> >
> > When you say "video resolution" do you mean the instances screen
> > resolution?  If yes, I was having a problem with Fedora only offering
> > small range of resolutions.  So I just manually edited x's config file
> > to offer me more options and restarted.  Worked fine.
> Resolution may not be the correct term for what I'm thinking of. It may
> be more of a scaling factor. What I'm observing is that the window
> created for the VM guest occupies about 1/4 of the screen of the host.
> Resizing the window just expands the black background.
> This is applicable to both the X session within the guest, as well as
> the console display shown before X starts within the guest, so I don't
> think it has much to do with the X settings within the guest.
> Change the resolution in windows. This worked for me. but, the full range
of screen resolutions is not available in the guest OS from what I have
noticed. I am ok with that.

> Another Windows vs. Linux question on VirtualBox: the manual refers to
> the guest window having a menu where you can control guest settings for
> that instance, and a status bar that's supposed to show things like the
> host key, but none of this appears on the Linux version.
> I was under the impression that VirtualBox was uniform across supported
> platforms, but it is seeming more like Linux is a lower priority target.

The UI will present you will the control where appropriate. In short use the
right control key and some modifiers to obtain your desired behaviour.
<META> + F = full screen.
<META> + right click = switch mouse from guest to host.
etc.. <META> is right ctrl.


PS: Did you know that right ctrl and left ctrl has different key codes?

>  -Tom
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