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VMWare: Operating system: SUN: Solaris: v9: How to increase screen resolution? [VMWare tools]

Mar 31st, 2009 10:42
engatoo engatoo, alex martin, Knud van Eeden,

--- Knud van Eeden --- 03 December 2003 - 04:58 am -------------------
VMWare: Operating system: SUN: Solaris: v9: How to increase screen 
resolution? [VMWare tools]
Steps: Overview:
 1. Download the following 2 files from
 2. and copy these in a temporary folder in your Solaris 9
 3. you can for example copy the 2 files to a CD-RW, in that case
     do not forget to put via VMWare menu 'Edit'->'Removable devices'->
     'CD-ROM' the settings back to the 'physical drive' instead of the
     iso file
 4. If you then open a Sun Solaris console, and type
     cd cdrom
     cd cdrom0
    you should see this files sunwx*.*
 5. create a temporary directory in Sun Solaris
     mkdir /TEMP
     cp sunwx*.* /TEMP
    cd /TEMP
 6. Before you do the remaining steps make sure you remove any other
    versions of SUNWxf86u and SUNWxf86r that you may have installed.
 7. Uncompress SUNWxf86u_4.2.0_vmware_sol9x86.pkg.bz2 by running this
      bzip2 -d SUNWxf86u_4.2.0_vmware_sol9x86.pkg.bz2
    This will return to the command line, without showing
    any message
 8. Run the following command in Solaris 9 to install the above 
    You should first run this command:
      pkgadd -d SUNWxf86u_4.2.0_vmware_sol9x86.pkg
       and select default 'All' by pressing <ENTER>
       and 'y' to create directory
       and 'y' to continue installation
 9. Then you should first run this command:
      pkgadd -d SUNWxf86r_4.2.0_vmware_sol9x86.pkg
       and select default 'All' by pressing <ENTER>
       and 'y' to continue installation
10. Set up graphics, by typing the command
    as a root
11. Press <F2>
12. Select [x] Change video device/monitor
13. Press <F2>
14. Select XFree86 VMware driver as the Display card, this should be at
    the bottom of the list by using the up and down cursor keys
    (this will take a while, as it the scrolling
     moves very slow)
15. Press <F2> to continue
16. Select the Appropriate Monitor, resolution and Color depth for your
    (You need to set your color depth and desktop to the same settings
    as your host operating system, e.g. 1280x1024 and 256 colors.
    In general try to get as close to your host operating
    video settings as possible)
    I chose 'Notebook LCD XGA 48 khz (1024 x 768 @ 60 Hz)
    <F2> to continue
    I chose '15 inch'
    <F2> to continue
    I chose '1024 x 768'
    I had also to change the colors to the maximum
    another choice on another computer might be:
     [X] MultiFrequency 60kHz (up to 1600x1200 @ 60Hz)
     [X] 15-inch
     [X] 1280x1024 - 65536 colors @ 70Hz
     [X] 1280x1024
17. Test your installation.
    You should see a screen with the color rectangles
    and be able to inform that the display is correct
    by clicking with the mouse
18. If you do not see this test screen, change your
    settings or choose another video card.
19. Press <F4> to bypass if you have seen the test screen
20. The login screen should appear now, type your
    login name and password
21. And yes, the Sun Solaris opening screen showed beautifully in 1024
    x 768 resolution and 16 million colors here successfully, using
    VMWare v4.0.5 for Windows workstation on Microsoft Windows XP.
Internet: see also:
[Internet: source: search for 'Bad PBR Sig 
VMWare Solaris':]
Solaris XFree86 Porting Kit ported to Solaris 9 x86 and modified to 
include the vmware video driver
Operating system: Install: SUN: Solaris: v9: Console: How to open a 
console in SUN Solaris v9?
VMWare: Operating system: Install: UNIX: Solaris: v9: How install 
Solaris v9 on VMWare v4.0 Windows?