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How do I get the maximum resolution on Ubuntu in Microsoft Virtual PC?

How do I get the maximum resolution on Ubuntu in Microsoft Virtual PC?

I've spent way too much time on this than I care to admit; I'm new in the Linux world, and I installed Ubuntu 9.04 on a new virtual machine. My problem is getting the screen resolution I would like - 1920x1200. I have tried multiple, multiple different ways of editing the xorg.conf file, and nothing seems to work.

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Guest [Entry]

"Microsoft virtual PC only provides a very simple, dumb, and low resolution video device to the client OS. You will not be able to easily change this, and modifying the xorg config in ubuntu won't help. I struggled with this for some time as well, and finally gave up and stuck with the low resolution I was able to use.

Your best bet is to use a virtual machine that has a better video device (VMWare, Virtual Box, etc)"
Guest [Entry]

"I generally avoid using Virtual PC for Linux. I suggest getting the VMWare Player software and finding an VM Image of Ubuntu online. This will give you a much better experience. The resolutions will automatically resize to whatever your host OS is setup to unless you change the option. Virtual PC is nice for running Windows because it is possible to circumvent the licensing issues if you are running an OEM version of Windows (i.e. Dell) on that manufacturer's hardware. If you start virtualizing Windows you may need to upgrade to VMWare Workstation.

You shouldn't need to install any additional drivers to get VM machines to run, your host OS provides the hardware/drivers to the VM and the VM essentially talks through the host OS to the hardware.

VM Player runs great in XP and Vista, although no matter what you are running it in, if at all possible you should run it off of a different hard drive than your host OS to improve performance."