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Old 09-24-2008, 08:09 PM   #1
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using full-screen mode in Virtualbox


I can't usefully run Virtualbox in full-screen mode. I'm running Windows XP in it. I switched to full-screen, but the full screen consisted of the window surrounded by black space.
 
Old 09-24-2008, 08:50 PM   #2
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You probably missed to install the guest extensions.
 
Old 09-24-2008, 10:52 PM   #3
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Probably. How do I do that? I don't see such an option anywhere in Virtualbox.
 
Old 09-25-2008, 03:06 AM   #4
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This is actually called "VirtualBox additions" and available from the device menu.
 
Old 09-25-2008, 05:24 PM   #5
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I found it. Thank you. I also discovered that guest additions must be enabled in order to see folders shared with the host. I am guessing that quite a lot of things depend on the guest additions. If I'm right, the guest additions are so necessary that they might as well be automatically enabled.
 
Old 03-10-2009, 03:30 AM   #6
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In spite of guest additions it doesn't work

Hey,

I am using Ubuntu through VirtualBox on MacBook. I have the same problem with full-screen and although I installed the guest additions and I restarted the Ubuntu, VirtualBox and even Mac but still I cannot get the fullscreen. My VirtualBox version is 2.1.4 before I update it. I could change to fullscreen.

Now ctrl+F apparently change to fullscreen but it is still small just around it is black instead of white color of VirtualBox.

Please guide it is so annoying.

Thanks
 
Old 05-09-2009, 09:30 AM   #7
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@aa_azadeh81 -

I don't know if your issue is resolved, but I might have a solution for you. I found it on a site called Lockergnome. I would provide a link, but I can't since this is my first post, the site doesn't allow first posters to provide a link. If you search:
full screen ubuntu virtualbox

You will find the link to Lockergnome. This is how I found this thread as well.

The nut of what you will be doing:

1. Install Ubuntu on VB.
2. After install and restart, go to the 'Devices' menu for VirtualBox.
3. Select 'Install Guest Additions'.
4. Open Terminal in Ubuntu.

Type:
cd /media/cdrom0 (this puts you to the cdrom directory where you just mounted guest additions)
Press enter then type:
dir (this shows you what's inside this directory.)
Press enter then type:
sudo sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run (this is what you would type if you have an x86 machine, typical. If you have an AMD use that one, and so forth.)

5. Wait for update to complete.
6. Once complete, shut down Ubuntu.
7. Restart VirtualBox
8. Boot up Ubuntu.
9. Once booted, press cmd+F for fullscreen or cmd+L for seamless.

This worked for me and I am using VB 2.2.2 on a MacBookPro. Just posted this from Ubuntu in Full Screen mode. woot.
Hope this helps.
 
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:53 PM   #8
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not a directory

I try to update the VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run in VirtualBox for Ubuntu on my Macbook pro. But when I type the "cd/media/cdrom0" as you said, the terminal tells me that "Not a directory".

I can see the VBXADDITIONS_3.0.2_49928 on the desktop.
 
Old 08-07-2009, 08:10 AM   #9
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I try to update the VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run in VirtualBox for Ubuntu on my Macbook pro. But when I type the "cd/media/cdrom0" as you said, the terminal tells me that "Not a directory".

I can see the VBXADDITIONS_3.0.2_49928 on the desktop.
Hi dragoonlp,

cd/media/cdrom0 is not a directory. cd is a command to go to the directory /media/cdrom0

what you are missing above is the space between cd and /media/cdrom0

like this: cd /media/cdrom0

Also, the naming conventions for the VBoxLinuxAdditions have changed a few times, so make sure you type the name as you see it in the directory.

Oh, and make sure you have spaces for the rest of the commands

sudo sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run

sudo is superuser. you need this to install anything.

There is a space between the command sh and ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run (again, the package could be named something else).

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:56 PM   #10
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Hi dragoonlp,

cd/media/cdrom0 is not a directory. cd is a command to go to the directory /media/cdrom0

what you are missing above is the space between cd and /media/cdrom0

like this: cd /media/cdrom0

Also, the naming conventions for the VBoxLinuxAdditions have changed a few times, so make sure you type the name as you see it in the directory.

Oh, and make sure you have spaces for the rest of the commands

sudo sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run

sudo is superuser. you need this to install anything.

There is a space between the command sh and ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run (again, the package could be named something else).

Hope this helps.
Well! you are so great!! thank you very much~~~
 
Old 10-25-2009, 04:02 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ccurry View Post
@aa_azadeh81 -

I don't know if your issue is resolved, but I might have a solution for you. I found it on a site called Lockergnome. I would provide a link, but I can't since this is my first post, the site doesn't allow first posters to provide a link. If you search:
full screen ubuntu virtualbox

You will find the link to Lockergnome. This is how I found this thread as well.

The nut of what you will be doing:

1. Install Ubuntu on VB.
2. After install and restart, go to the 'Devices' menu for VirtualBox.
3. Select 'Install Guest Additions'.
4. Open Terminal in Ubuntu.

Type:
cd /media/cdrom0 (this puts you to the cdrom directory where you just mounted guest additions)
Press enter then type:
dir (this shows you what's inside this directory.)
Press enter then type:
sudo sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run (this is what you would type if you have an x86 machine, typical. If you have an AMD use that one, and so forth.)

5. Wait for update to complete.
6. Once complete, shut down Ubuntu.
7. Restart VirtualBox
8. Boot up Ubuntu.
9. Once booted, press cmd+F for fullscreen or cmd+L for seamless.

This worked for me and I am using VB 2.2.2 on a MacBookPro. Just posted this from Ubuntu in Full Screen mode. woot.
Hope this helps.
Awesome detail! These steps did it for me. Thanks a lot!
 
Old 01-19-2010, 01:25 PM   #12
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Awesome detail! These steps did it for me. Thanks a lot!
Try this link too :


http://unixmen.com/linux-tutorials/7...-ubuntu-fedora
 
Old 01-19-2010, 05:17 PM   #13
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What did work for me (Gentoo host, Win 7 guest) was to manually set the resolution I wanted through VBox with the following:

Open a terminal and type

VBoxManage controlvm <name of vm> setvideomodehint <xres> <yres> <bpp>

You will need to have the VM open and running in order.

So in my case I typed: VBoxManage controlvm Win7 setvideomodehint 1440 900 24
 
Old 01-20-2010, 02:48 PM   #14
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Perfect

Quote:
Originally Posted by ccurry View Post
@aa_azadeh81 -

I don't know if your issue is resolved, but I might have a solution for you. I found it on a site called Lockergnome. I would provide a link, but I can't since this is my first post, the site doesn't allow first posters to provide a link. If you search:
full screen ubuntu virtualbox

You will find the link to Lockergnome. This is how I found this thread as well.

The nut of what you will be doing:

1. Install Ubuntu on VB.
2. After install and restart, go to the 'Devices' menu for VirtualBox.
3. Select 'Install Guest Additions'.
4. Open Terminal in Ubuntu.

Type:
cd /media/cdrom0 (this puts you to the cdrom directory where you just mounted guest additions)
Press enter then type:
dir (this shows you what's inside this directory.)
Press enter then type:
sudo sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run (this is what you would type if you have an x86 machine, typical. If you have an AMD use that one, and so forth.)

5. Wait for update to complete.
6. Once complete, shut down Ubuntu.
7. Restart VirtualBox
8. Boot up Ubuntu.
9. Once booted, press cmd+F for fullscreen or cmd+L for seamless.

This worked for me and I am using VB 2.2.2 on a MacBookPro. Just posted this from Ubuntu in Full Screen mode. woot.
Hope this helps.
Worked Perfectly with Vbox 3.1.2 & Linux Mint 8 64-bit(x64)
but Instead of ...
sudo sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run use...
sudo sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-amd64.run
 
Old 01-20-2010, 02:49 PM   #15
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Thumbs up Perfect

Quote:
Originally Posted by ccurry View Post
@aa_azadeh81 -

I don't know if your issue is resolved, but I might have a solution for you. I found it on a site called Lockergnome. I would provide a link, but I can't since this is my first post, the site doesn't allow first posters to provide a link. If you search:
full screen ubuntu virtualbox

You will find the link to Lockergnome. This is how I found this thread as well.

The nut of what you will be doing:

1. Install Ubuntu on VB.
2. After install and restart, go to the 'Devices' menu for VirtualBox.
3. Select 'Install Guest Additions'.
4. Open Terminal in Ubuntu.

Type:
cd /media/cdrom0 (this puts you to the cdrom directory where you just mounted guest additions)
Press enter then type:
dir (this shows you what's inside this directory.)
Press enter then type:
sudo sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run (this is what you would type if you have an x86 machine, typical. If you have an AMD use that one, and so forth.)

5. Wait for update to complete.
6. Once complete, shut down Ubuntu.
7. Restart VirtualBox
8. Boot up Ubuntu.
9. Once booted, press cmd+F for fullscreen or cmd+L for seamless.

This worked for me and I am using VB 2.2.2 on a MacBookPro. Just posted this from Ubuntu in Full Screen mode. woot.
Hope this helps.
Worked Perfectly with Vbox 3.1.2 & Linux Mint 8 64-bit(x64)
but Instead of ...
sudo sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run use...
sudo sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-amd64.run
for 64-bit machines
 
  


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