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Full screen mode crashes Workstation on a Linux host with certain graphics adapters (1594)

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I am running VMware Workstation 5 on a Linux host. My guest operating system is running in VGA mode. When I attempt to enter full screen mode, Workstation crashes with no error message and logs me off of the host operating system. How can I avoid this?

Solution

This issue can occur on host systems that are using certain Intel and ATI graphics adapters.

You can work around this issue by disabling DRI in your X server.

Alternatively, you can disable DVGA mode for the virtual machine.
 
To disable DVGA mode for the virtual machine, open the virtual machine's configuration (.vmx) file and add this line:

vga.noFullScreen = TRUE

Note: If you add this line to the configuration file, the virtual machine cannot enter VGA full screen mode.

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