In the past I used to have perfect screen resolution with a Slackware guest in virtualbox, but for a while now (Slackware 14.2, virtualbox 4.3.24), compiling Guest Additions fails. It ends with:
/tmp/vbox.0/lnkops.c:58:23: note: (near initialization for 'sf_lnk_iops.put_link') cc1: some warnings being treated as errors scripts/Makefile.build:258: recipe for target '/tmp/vbox.0/lnkops.o' failed make: *** [/tmp/vbox.0/lnkops.o] Error 1 Makefile:1384: recipe for target '_module_/tmp/vbox.0' failed make: *** [_module_/tmp/vbox.0] Error 2 /tmp/vbox.0/Makefile.include.footer:79: recipe for target 'vboxsf' failed make: *** [vboxsf] Error 2 Creating user for the Guest Additions. Creating udev rule for the Guest Additions kernel module.
Unsurprisingly, when I boot the guest, modprobe fails as well:
Starting the VirtualBox Guest Additions ...fail! (modprobe vboxsf failed) Starting VirtualBox Guest Addition service ...done.
Therefore I’m stuck on a tiny screen resolution. After almost two hours of searching, I had to conclude that no official solution exists. I did find a less perfect experimental solution:
Following the instructions there gives me a maximum resolution of 1600x1200. Not quite the size of my screen, but I think I can live with it. (If the site is down or page is gone, I saved the relevant bit here).
xrandr gives now:
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1600 x 1200, maximum 1600 x 1200 default connected 1600x1200+0+0 0mm x 0mm 1600x1200 86.00* 1280x1024 86.00 1152x864 76.00 1024x768 85.00 800x600 86.00 640x480 86.00 640x400 86.00 320x200 0.00
(2) I had to uninstall the Guest Additions, which turned out to be unintuitive. Google gave a somewhat unhelpful page: Re: How to uninstall Guest Additions in Ubuntu guest? until someone added to it:
Postby TheBigKahoona » 27. May 2011, 13:58 for everyone how ends up here by googleing this matter: /opt/[VboxAddonsFolder]/uninstall.sh
That was nice.