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Video issues in Workstation 11 running under Windows 7 x64

I'm running Workstation 11 under Windows 7 (Ent).

My monitor is a Dell 2560x1440

Machine is a Dell OptiPlex 7010 with AMD 7000 video

(also running workstation at home on ASUS server board, dual E5-2520 v2's with AMD R7)

I am experiencing the following issues with listed guests:

  • Windows
    • Setting Workstation options for Auto-size/3D, Windows 7 startup is scrunched VGA in middle of the VMware window;  although it says it is the proper resolution, it is zoomed out so small it can hardly be seen.  I tried changing the sizing options in Workstation which only resulted in my resolution changing, and guest window size and placement becoming 640x480, or 800x600, not quite sure which
    • Setting guest to 2560x1440/3D and 1GB Video RAM, Windows 7 and Windows 10 video starts as VGA, with sizing set to centered and guest at 2560x1440, zoomed out;  changing screen sizing to auto-size, again changes my guest resolution to VGA and all my windows are resized.  2560x1440 is not shown in guest available resolutions.  I found the best thing for this is to set display to auto-size/3D and on startup, press Workstation key (ALT-SHFT)-ENTER twice.  That will unzoom the guest to the proper size of the monitor.  Some windows inside the guest are moved around, but not resized.
  • Linux
    • At manual resolution configurations, 2560x1440 is not available.  I created a script to manually add it using 'xrandr' as follows:
      • #!/bin/bash

        #Set resolution

        xrandr --newmode "2560x1440_60.00"  312.25  2560 2752 3024 3488  1440 1443 1448 1493 -hsync +vsync

        xrandr --addmode Virtual1 2560x1440_60.00

        xrandr --output Virtual1 --mode 2560x1440_60.00

    • With video auto-size on, the above does not matter, however, if I change the auto-size setting the guest windows get all confused
  • FreeBSD based pcBSD 10.14
    • VMware has not released a guest tool kit for FreeBSD 10.1.  Guys what's up;  that is the primary reason I upgraded to w11.  FreeBSD 11 is around the corner, can you get a move on please
    • Again, same as Linux, except I was not able to use xrandr.  With the guest video at Auto-detect and NO 3D, and openvm tools, it will bring the window up to 2560x1440.  However, the mouse is a problem with the openvm tools;  It is erratic to say the least, and does not work at all from a remote desktop session, or from VMware VNC, nor from client VNC's I've tried.
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I'm running into a similar, but slightly different issue using VM WS 11, build 2780323. For some reason, attempting to set the guest video resolution to anything smaller than the max size shrinks the display area instead of displaying it at a lower resolution within the entire guest area. For example, attempting to set it to 1024 x 768 will reduce the video size to about half of the guest. If you attempt to set full screen, it sets the video back to the highest resolution available again.

Has anyone else encountered this? It seems to be new behavior under WS 11, WS 10 did not exhibit the same tendency. Thanks.

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