Ubuntu: Virtualbox: How can I get a usable screen resolution inside the Guest OS [duplicate]


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I have just installed the virtualbox application on my Ubuntu 14.04 OS (host OS).
I then installed another Ubuntu 14.04 "inside" the VM i.e. the guest OS. The problem is the resolution is tiny and unusable and I need to increase the resolution "inside" the guest OS

here is what I have tried already

starting with a brand new install of Ubuntu 14.04 "inside" the VM

Install and configure the virtualbox guest additions

  • sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-additions-iso - (run from inside the guest OS)
    this seemed to attempt to modify/build kernel modules, and there were some failures.
  • Then set x86 virtualization settings (again inside the guest OS)
    1. Go to System settings â†' Software and Updates â†' Additional drivers
    2. Use x86 virtualization solutions...
    3. then reboot VirtualBox

Then what am I supposed to do - from there?

I have tried going into (from the host) virtualbox application -> file -> preferences -> display, then apply a "hint" of say 800x600.
But when I start the virtual box the res. is still something like 640 x 480 If I go into the guest OS'es display settings - there is still no option

I have also googled for a solution and see there are answers, but they are outdated, give various solutions that dont work for me


Before installing Guest Additions with the VBoxLinuxAdditions.run script, you must install the kernel headers package and a few other packages.

Run this command:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-\`uname -r\` dkms  

Then run the VBoxLinuxAdditions.run script.

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