Knowledge Base

The VMware Knowledge Base provides support solutions, error messages and troubleshooting guides
Search the VMware Knowledge Base (KB)   View by Article ID

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


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?


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.

Request a Product Feature

To request a new product feature or to provide feedback on a VMware product, please visit the Request a Product Feature page.


  • 0 Ratings

Did this article help you?
This article resolved my issue.
This article did not resolve my issue.
This article helped but additional information was required to resolve my issue.
What can we do to improve this information? (4000 or fewer characters)
  • 0 Ratings