Ubuntu 10.04 in Virtual PC

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of good material or experiences with Ubuntu on Virtual PC, and as my Hyper-V install is blue-screening (more work another time…) I decided to try to install Ubuntu on VPC.

Strangely, after a painless HV install, 10.04 crashed repeatedly on attempting to install. I’d completely forgotten the video mode problems on SuSE Linux many moons ago.

The answer is in the Ubuntu Forums, change the boot parameter to include vga=788.

One other thing to remember, the HOST key (how to get out of a window) is CTRL-ALT-Left Arrow.

After install, it’ll crash with the wrong video mode again – press SHIFT to get the grub2 (linux bootloader menu) and ‘e’ to edit the boot up line; replace quiet splash with vga=791  (for 1024×768)

To set this permanently is changed with grub2, and apparently vga=xxx is deprecated. I tried to set gfxmode=1024×768 and got a crash (had to interrupt boot again)

Trying the instructions at http://harrison3001.blogspot.com/2009/09/grub-2-graphical-boot-tips-to-set.html had no success

In summary, I have a VPC with Ubuntu, but can’t seem to be able to change the video mode, although grub will start in 1024×768, it reverts back to 800×600 mode in graphical display. Time for a break, and I think this and my Hyper-V experiences mean that VPC is great for Windows, but it looks like VMware for anything else.

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