Since I’m currently taking Windows 7 for a test drive I had to set up a copy VirtualBox with Ubuntu 8.10 in order to make use of the terminal (I can’t stand PuTTY or any other Windows alternative). In the past I had always used VMWare so this was my first venture into the land of VirtualBox. Overall I found it much easier to install and make use of, but I was stumped when it came to making the window bigger than 800×600. Within the Ubuntu session it only let me choose 640×480 or 800×600, which didn’t work for me. So I did some research and eventually came up with a solution.
Use your host key (ie: Right Ctrl) to escape out of the confines of the Ubuntu desktop, and click the Devices drop down, and then Install Guest Addons. This will mount a virtual CD within your Ubuntu session. I actually got an error at this step but I just hit Ok and it didn’t effect me. Now you should see a CD icon on your desktop.
Open up your Terminal and type:
In this folder there are some scripts for 64 bit linux and 32 bit. For some reason the 64bit ones failed to work for me, so I had to use the 32 bit ones within 64 bit linux. I would suggest doing the same.
sudo sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run
This will configure your Ubuntu session so that it can allow you to use higher resolutions. First you must reboot your Ubuntu session or restart the display manager by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Backspace. Next go to:
System Preferences Screen Resolution
Set your resolution and hit apply.