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#1 2020-01-24 15:42:40

iardis
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Registered: 2012-11-02
Posts: 10

Auto-resize guest display greyed out in Vbox

Hello,

I am trying to setup an Arch in a Virtual Box on my Windows 10 machine. By following Virtual Box I've got it up and running. What I am failing to achieve is to change the resolution of the vbox since the corresponding options are greyed out.

The only errors or strange behavior I see is that I cannot change the resolution under "View > Virtual Screen 1 > Resize to x" nor activate "Auto-Resize Guest Display" since both options are greyed out. Apart from that the following command gives a curious result:

[root@feanor ~]# VBoxClient-all
VBoxClient: error: No service specified. Quitting because nothing to do!

Apart from that everything seems to be in working order and running as should be? If anyone has any ideas what I might be missing I'd be very grateful! Or forward me any forum posts related to this - I failed to find any.

Thanks in advance!

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Debug Info
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VirtualBox Graphical User Interface
Version 6.1.2 r135662 (Qt5.6.2)

[root@feanor ~]# uname -r
5.4.11-arch1-1

[root@feanor ~]# pacman -Qe open-vm-tools
open-vm-tools 6:11.0.1-2
Removed

[root@feanor ~]# pacman -Qe virtualbox-guest-utils
virtualbox-guest-utils 6.1.0-1

[root@feanor ~]# lsmod | grep vbox
vboxsf                 40960  0
vboxvideo              40960  0
drm_vram_helper        20480  1 vboxvideo
drm_kms_helper        212992  2 vmwgfx,vboxvideo
drm                   520192  9 vmwgfx,drm_kms_helper,drm_vram_helper,vboxvideo,ttm
vboxguest              45056  6 vboxsf

[root@feanor ~]# systemctl status vboxservice.service
● vboxservice.service - VirtualBox Guest Service
     Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/vboxservice.service; enabled; v>
     Active: active (running) since Fri 2020-01-24 15:35:21 CET; 48min ago
    Process: 273 ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/modprobe vboxguest (code=exited, stat>
    Process: 274 ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/modprobe vboxvideo (code=exited, stat>
    Process: 321 ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/modprobe vboxsf (code=exited, status=>
   Main PID: 322 (VBoxService)
      Tasks: 9 (limit: 1162)
     Memory: 2.8M
     CGroup: /system.slice/vboxservice.service
             └─322 /usr/bin/VBoxService -f

Jan 24 15:35:21 feanor systemd[1]: Started VirtualBox Guest Service.
Jan 24 15:35:21 feanor VBoxService[322]: 14:35:21.356027 main     VBoxServic>
Jan 24 15:35:21 feanor VBoxService[322]: 14:35:21.356033 main     Log opened>
Jan 24 15:35:21 feanor VBoxService[322]: 14:35:21.356522 main     OS Product>
Jan 24 15:35:21 feanor VBoxService[322]: 14:35:21.356589 main     OS Release>
Jan 24 15:35:21 feanor VBoxService[322]: 14:35:21.356638 main     OS Version>
Jan 24 15:35:21 feanor VBoxService[322]: 14:35:21.356644 main     Executable>
Jan 24 15:35:21 feanor VBoxService[322]: 14:35:21.356645 main     Process ID>
Jan 24 15:35:21 feanor VBoxService[322]: 14:35:21.356645 main     Package ty>
Jan 24 15:35:21 feanor VBoxService[322]: 14:35:21.357962 main     6.1.0 r135>
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Last edited by iardis (2020-01-27 08:56:54)

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#2 2020-01-26 17:37:24

twelveeighty
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From: Alberta, Canada
Registered: 2011-09-04
Posts: 539

Re: Auto-resize guest display greyed out in Vbox

Why is open-vm-tools installed? That is VMWare, not VirtualBox.

It looks like the guest has virtualbox-guest-utils running, but what graphics/DE/WM do you have installed on the guest? How are you starting X? You change the resolution on the guest, not the host.

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#3 2020-01-27 10:16:38

iardis
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Registered: 2012-11-02
Posts: 10

Re: Auto-resize guest display greyed out in Vbox

Hello,

first of all thanks for the pointers - I have removed the vm-tools.

I am using xfce4, which I start using startxfce4 (as described in the wiki). I should have mentioned that manually changing the resolution (by using xrandr from within xfce) does work. But I'd like to have the resolution adjusted automatically according to the host window size. If I am not mistaken, that is what the ' Auto-resize guest display' option is for, which is greyed out in my setup.

iardis

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#4 2020-01-27 21:06:28

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Posts: 250

Re: Auto-resize guest display greyed out in Vbox

Isn't that a function of guest-modules? Do you have guest-modules package installed in the guest?


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#5 2020-01-27 21:09:26

Scimmia
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Registered: 2012-09-01
Posts: 7,436

Re: Auto-resize guest display greyed out in Vbox

The guest module for video is part of the kernel now. The only thing in the guest-modules packages is the shared folders module.

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