Perryg wrote:Sure there is. Hold the left shift down while booting
I can get to the boot menu, it just doesn't have the "safe-graphics-mode" option (which was previously available at the F4 menu from the boot menu). IIRC I read somewhere that I can add to the boot command "-single", but that didn't work for me either with 10.04 beta1. If you can describe the complete sequence to have a functional /etc/X11/xorg.conf file after booting, I'd appreciate it.
Perryg wrote:Running a live CD is always going to be small unless or until the guest additions are included in the live CD. That would be the responsibility of the OS. Seek them out and request they be included.
Not necessarily IMHO. There are other distros that can detect the display capabilities of VBox and offer the choice of various resolution. Puppy Linux comes to mind as one that offers to select a resolution/mode as the first thing you see after booting into X. It's definitely not the only one, however, most/all Ubuntu based distros don't.
Obviously, Ubuntu is unable to recognize the display capabilities without the guest additions installed, and I was wondering about 2 things:
1. Why? (i.e. Ubuntu bug? VBox bug? VBox exposes capabilities via a non-standard interface? deprecated/unsupported display bios? etc).
2. Can something be done on the VBox side of things? (needs compiling? editing config files? other user-settings? etc).
Testing A Live CD is a much more rapid and viable option than installing a distro just to test a single aspect of it, but being limited to 800x600 resolution severely limits the experience. I'd prefer it worked out of the box, and I'm willing to jump through some hoops to get it working, but currently I just can't make it work...
Any help would be appreciated (by more than just me I think - after all, Ubuntu/Virtualbox are probably the most popular apps within their domains in the OSS world... ).
I believe both would benefit if this works out of the box..