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I've tried 3 different systems including VMWare with very same Ubuntu 10.04 (Server Edition) basic installation.

  • Phisical computer
  • VirtualBox
  • VMWare

On first two, I am able to easily change console resolution(not grub resolution) by altering /etc/default/grub:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="nomodeset"
GRUB_GFXMODE=1024x768
GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=keep

Then of course sudo update-grub2; sudo reboot

However, with VMWare, GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=keep will result to blank screen (although based on windows size seems like resolution is set after bootup).

I've tried on 7.x and 8.0.2 versions of VMWare Workstation. So the question is, what special steps to be done in order to change console resolution on VMWare?

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Since these GRUB settings work with BIOS video modes, chances are that the VMware BIOS (a heavily modified Phoenix BIOS) does not support what you are asking it to do.

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