Take the 2-minute tour ×
Unix & Linux Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems.. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm running Debian as host and I fail to get Debian, Ubuntu, and Fedora guests to be fullscreen. Changing video memory didn't help.

NOTES:

  • I haven't tried any other distro
  • I didn't create WinXP guest myself
share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 11 down vote accepted

There are a few things that need to be in place. You need to have guest additions installed on the guest OS. You have to have "guest display auto-resize" feature enabled (Host+g toggles this), and then you have to actually activate full-screen mode (Host+f toggles this).

Specifically, on the Debian/Ubuntu guest, run the following (as root):

apt-get install virtualbox-ose-guest-x11
share|improve this answer
    
Guest additions not being installed is almost certainly the problem –  Falmarri Nov 9 '10 at 19:06
    
Agreed with Falmarri. Most distributions have the guest additions in the repositories, so you can look there first. –  Shawn J. Goff Nov 9 '10 at 19:18
    
I followed the instructions and now I got "Disable Guest Display Auto-resize" and it's not selectable. Any ideas? –  Tshepang Nov 9 '10 at 21:49
    
Are you sure you installed the guest additions correctly? You compiled/installed/restarted? –  Falmarri Nov 9 '10 at 23:55
    
@Fal, must I restart the host as well? –  Tshepang Nov 10 '10 at 1:04

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.