It is hard to tell what is a VMware bug and what is a jpeg artifact in your screenshots Consider using non-lossy image formats (png is a good option) when reporting this kind of issues.
Anyway, it clearly seems there is an issue in the Linux screenshot.
It is weird. I don't think we have seen this before. I wonder if that is related to your secondary Cinema display, because we have done no testing with that device. Would you mind trying with the Cinema display disconnected (and maybe a Mac OS reboot for good measure)?
non-lossy image formats (png is a good option) when
reporting this kind of issues.
I didn't think about it since the difference (visually) is not discernable, but point well taken.
Here are the original TIFFs from Grabber:
I wonder if that is related to your secondary Cinema
A reasonable question. I'll do some testing right now.
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OK. After doing some more testing ...
1) Power off MacBook Pro.
2) Disconnect secondary display.
\* The three VMs, (Linux, WinXP, Win2k) were all paused.
\* I started each of them in turn.
1) Win2k showed the gradients correctly immediately.
1a) Full screen seemed OK, also.
2) WinXP showed the gradients correctly immediately.
2a) Full screen seemed OK, also.
3) The Linux display showed the same problem.
3a) Switching to full screen caused the palette to complete freak out.
3b) Restarted Linux.
3c) Colours look fine.
3d) Switching to full screen looks fine also.
As a further test I plugged in the 30" display while OS X was running, with the Linux VM open.
\* The display remained correct.
\* I resumed the WinXP VM, and it showed the gradient artefacts.
\* Suspended and resumed the Linux VM, and it showed the gradient artefacts again.
Because this looks like a distinct problem, I've filed it as a bug.
Thank you for filing support request 346601.
Thanks for taking the time to get to the bottom of this issue. In your support request, did you specify that the secondary display was a Cinema display, not just any other secondary display?
I have a secondary display on my iMac at work, which is not a Cinema display, and I have never seen this problem.
I just want to make sure we will order a Cinema display for the Fusion team, if only to fix this bug
In your support request, did you specify
that the secondary display was a Cinema display, not
just any other secondary display?
I believe I did, but don't remember specifically. In the support request, I did include a hyperlink to this thread.
I have a secondary display on my iMac at work, which
is not a Cinema display, and I have never seen this
Another person with an iMac with a secondary monitor (CRT) mentioned that they haven't seen this problem either. It makes me wonder whether this is specific to the MacBook Pro, or perhaps the video card, or a buggy Apple video driver? I don't know.
I'll do what I can to help diagnose this.
Just wanted to follow up and confirm that this was indeed a configuration problem, where you had your secondary display set to 16-bit color mode in Mac OS.
Just wanted to follow up and confirm that this was
indeed a configuration problem,
I feel like such an massive ass, but yes, it was. I have no idea how or when the display was changed to 16-bit colour. It was not too long ago since I do image manipulation from time to time, and the 16-bit colour makes the images look like garbage. I would have noticed that right away.
DO NOTE: That the problem with full-screen mode still exists. This is aparently a separate problem. That thread is here: http://www.vmware.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=66078
Are you sure VMware Tools were installed in the VM with which you were going fullscreen?
Are you sure VMware Tools were installed in the VM
with which you were going fullscreen?
Just to be certain (hey, my track record isn't stellar this week) I just picked a VM that I can play with (which happened to have an XP guest), removed the tools, rebooted, and re-installed the tools, using the "complete" option to be sure.
The mouse isn't doing the right-click craziness, but the screen is still black and unrefreshed. The system menu is opened, interestingly. Moving windows and drag-selecting cause portions to refresh. Using Command-Return bring the screen back refreshed.
Oh, and the guest VM never does expand to fill the entire screen on the 30" monitor, like it does on the 17" laptop display. It retains its original resolution.
A Linux guest does not exhibit the refreshing problem, though it doesn't expand to the full size of the screen. It appears to remain the same resolution also.