3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 10, 2012 8:18 PM by dsadaka

    Terminal size changes in VMWare Player 4 Unity mode

    nedk2 Lurker

      I hit another problem with vmware player 4 and unity mode. see the discussion "Clipboard sharing doesn't work in VMware Player 4 Unity mode" for another unity problem.

      sometimes I find that my terminal window size has changed in unity mode.  I'm not sure of all the times
      this will happen.  The width changes to 13 characters -- typically I have 80 character width or more.
      The height might be changing, too.

      I can make it happen with Windows 7 if I do the WINDOWS-KEY + "m" sequence
      that iconifies all windows.  then click on the taskbar icon to restore the window.

      But I don't this is the only time the problem happens.


      sometimes the restored window does not display correctly.  Instead of the terminal,
      I get a colored block.  it seems to be that 13-character width, and just looks like the
      desktop background (non-unity mode).


      right now I'm running ubuntu 10.10 as guest OS. I start a gnome terminal using a W7 shortcut that runs vmware-unity-helper.exe to start the terminal.

        • 1. Re: Terminal size changes in VMWare Player 4 Unity mode
          swrobel Novice

          I can confirm this problem in Player 4.0. Frequently when I switch to unity, the Terminal is very skinny but as tall as my screen. I do not recall this happening in 3.x with Unity.

          • 2. Re: Terminal size changes in VMWare Player 4 Unity mode
            myshkin5 Lurker

            I would like to confirm this issue too. I saw this with 4.0 a few weeks back and I just tried 4.0.1 and it does the same. I too am running Ubuntu in Unity mode on a Windows 7 host with two displays. I'm not sure if the two displays part is the cause but at least with 3.x I had to run with two displays to see anything on the second display. The host is a laptop and it only has two displays when I have it in a docking station.


            I'm back on 3.1.5 for now but 4.0 has some nice features so please fix this soon!!! Does vmware staff monitor these forums or do we need to file a bug somewhere?



            • 3. Re: Terminal size changes in VMWare Player 4 Unity mode
              dsadaka Lurker

              It was a mixed bag discovering this thread.  On the one hand, it was comforting to see that others have this same issue.  However, it also appears there is no solution as yet.


              In my case, it's not just the terminal window, but any application window that will not restore correctly after being minimized.  In addition (all Unity Mode)...


              a) The top 1/2" of the screen is unusable.  This appears to be the same width as the border of the desktop window when NOT in Unity mode.

              b) When an app is maximized, the top title bar (and window control buttons) are not visible.  This is related to issue a.

              c) Sometimes things go haywire to the point where I have to logout to reset my X session.


              I'm also on Windows 7 Pro with dual displays.