I have a SLES 11.3 guest running on KVM on an Ubuntu 14.04 host. When I installed the OS, I selected 'vga' as the QEMU display type.

Now that the guest is up and running I cannot change the display beyond the default 800x600 resolution.

SaX2 utility reports the card as "VESA Framebuffer Graphics" and the monitor as "VESA 800x600@60HZ".

Any idea how to fix this?


Switch to QXL and Spice, you'll get as high a resolution as you like

  • SLES 11.3 as a guest doesn't support Spice/QXL. It wasn't supported until SLES 12. – Michael Hampton Jun 2 '15 at 17:16
  • wasn't aware of that... one more reason not to use SLES IMO. – dyasny Jun 2 '15 at 18:59

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