Ticket #10850 (closed enhancement: obsolete)

Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 23 months ago

linux host multiple screens windows guest spanning screens fails when restarted

Reported by: winksmit Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: GUI
Version: VirtualBox 4.1.16 Keywords: w7 multiple monitors linux
Cc: Guest type: Windows
Host type: Linux


i have a linux host running a w7 guest. i normally run this guest at full size spanning both monitors on my two monitor setup. when i restart the guest it only expands to one of the two monitors. i need to manually resize to fit across both monitors again. this has happened for many releases.

virtualbox details:

version 4.1.20 r80170 with matching extensions and guest extensions. runtime attributes are:

Screen Resolution 2392x1822x32 VT-x/AMD-V Enabled Nested Paging Enabled Guest Additions 4.1.16r78094 Guest OS Type Windows 7 Remote Desktop Server Port Not Available

guest details

w7 with three virtual screens.

host details:

the linux host (ubuntu 11.04 up to date) consists of two monitors joined w/o xinerama (e.g. when i hit expand to full screen, windows expand only to the size of a single screen, not both of them). if it matters, i'm rotating both monitors 90 to vertical position. i'll attach my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file if given the chance later.

i have six virtual screens using gnome arranged in a 3x2 grid. the top three virtual screens are assigned to one each of the three virtual guest screens.

when i boot my guest it always starts with the three virtual guest monitors on the same host monitor. each virtual guest monitor is tiny. i have to stretch it across the entire display spanning both guest monitors and then move it to the correct gnome virtual monitor.

if i do nothing, all three guest monitors will be started on whatever gnome host monitor i started the guest on. each guest monitor will expand to it's remembered size, but only one one of the two screens. i must then grab an edge of the virtual guest monitor and drag it across to the other screen.

i realize there are a lot of moving pieces here and i am happy to add some additional pictures if someone is interested in it.

i have a work around which is to move the screen around where i want them. it's just getting to be a royal pita and i thought you might not know about this issue since it's been around for so long already so i decided to forward it.

also... i stupidly created 'winksmit' as my nick, but i typed it too fast and it should be 'winksmith' (missing the 'h'). if someone could fix that, it'd be super. thanks.


xorg.conf Download (2.3 KB) - added by winksmit 6 years ago.
my xorg.conf to help describe my X11 setup
gnome-window-browser.png Download (3.7 KB) - added by winksmit 6 years ago.
visual description of my window setup. each of the six blocks consists of two monitors.

Change History

Changed 6 years ago by winksmit

my xorg.conf to help describe my X11 setup

Changed 6 years ago by winksmit

visual description of my window setup. each of the six blocks consists of two monitors.

comment:1 Changed 23 months ago by aeichner

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to obsolete

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