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Thread: Missing proper screen resolution in VMWare after dist-upgrade to Kali 2017.3

  1. #1
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    Missing proper screen resolution in VMWare after dist-upgrade to Kali 2017.3

    I've performed a dist-upgrade on my Kali VM and everything works fine except for the screen resolution which defaults to 1280x768 instead of 1920x1080.

    My setup:
    Kali XFCE running inside VMWare hypervisor. Host is Windows 10 x64.

    Code:
    [root:~]# uname -a
    Linux kali 4.13.0-kali1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.13.13-1kali1 (2017-11-17) x86_64 GNU/Linux
    [root:~]# cat /etc/os-release
    PRETTY_NAME="Kali GNU/Linux Rolling"
    NAME="Kali GNU/Linux"
    ID=kali
    VERSION="2017.3"
    VERSION_ID="2017.3"
    ID_LIKE=debian
    ANSI_COLOR="1;31"
    HOME_URL="http://www.kali.org/"
    SUPPORT_URL="http://forums.kali.org/"
    BUG_REPORT_URL="http://bugs.kali.org/"
    [root:~]# cat /etc/issue                          
    Kali GNU/Linux Rolling \n \l
    Upgraded from Kali 2017.1 and kernel 4.0.9.

    Not using vmware tools but open-vm-tools.

    Everything else (copy and paste, shared folders, etc) work fine.

    I have a simple init script which at the moment fixes the screen resolution:
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    xrandr --newmode "1920x1080_60.00"  173.00  1920 2048 2248 2576  1080 1083 1088 1120 -hsync +vsync
    xrandr --addmode Virtual1 1920x1080_60.00
    xrandr --output Virtual1 --mode 1920x1080_60.00
    But I really don't know where/what to do inorder to natively fix it.
    I see no warnings/errors in logs.

    VMWare view has not been modified from its previous settings (Full Screen, Autofit Guest).

    Anyone who can give me hints on how to debug this issue?

    Thanks a lot

  2. #2
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    Have you upgraded the VM version itself (not Kali, the VM)? Without doing it, I can't get full screen to work

  3. #3
    Join Date
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    What do you mean by "upgrade the VM version itself"?
    Update the VMWare Workstation version?

  4. #4
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    It seems libresolutionSet.so is not loaded at all on my system now:
    Code:
    [root:~]# ps -aux | grep vm   
    root        299  0.0  0.0   4220   820 ?        Ss   13:21   0:00 fusermount -o rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,allow_other,auto_unmount,subtype=vmhgfs-fuse -- /mnt/hgfs
    root        300  0.0  0.0 233276   912 ?        Ssl  13:21   0:00 vmhgfs-fuse .host:/ /mnt/hgfs -o rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,uid=1000,gid=1000,auto_unmount
    root        937  0.4  0.3 236956 26248 ?        S    13:24   0:00 /usr/bin/vmtoolsd -n vmusr
    root       1188  0.0  0.0  12748   948 pts/0    S+   13:26   0:00 grep --color=always vm
    Code:
    [root:~]# lsof -p 937 | grep libresolution
    No output.

    How can I fix this?
    Thanks a lot

  5. #5
    Join Date
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    I have exactly the same problem after the update, and create the screen resolution script but when restarting the virtual machine the resolution is changed, I understand that we have to add the script that is executed at the beginning, but in kali it is not that option in GUI format to add applications to be executed when starting kali

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