Screen resolution issues with Mac retina display

Discussions about using Windows guests in VirtualBox.

Re: Screen resolution issues with Mac retina display

Postby socratis » 7. Dec 2017, 23:01

Oh boy... This is a tough one, doesn't want to get installed now, does it? Based on a couple of articles that I've read:
  • Search for and delete all VBox* and VirtualBox* files from your system.
  • Clean up your registry. CCleaner is a freeware utility that could help you. Mind the installation, it comes with "offers" from 3rd parties, known as "bundleware". Also, check out Device Cleanup program that helps you to remove any unused devices from your computer.
Other than that, I'm drawing a blank. Something's not right in the Windows world.
But that's not news now, is it? ;)
If you obfuscate any information requested, I will obfuscate my response. These are virtual UUIDs, not real ones.
Do NOT reply with the "QUOTE" button, please use the "POST REPLY", at the bottom of the form.
socratis
Site Moderator
 
Posts: 12665
Joined: 22. Oct 2010, 11:03
Location: Greece
Primary OS: Mac OS X other
VBox Version: PUEL
Guest OSses: Win(*>98), Linux*, OSX>10.5

Re: Screen resolution issues with Mac retina display

Postby ShaneM » 8. Dec 2017, 01:20

I tried both recommendations. Still the same.

Then I found this thread: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=64251

And the OP's log is exactly the same as mine. I tried the proposed solution to uninstall GA from cmd, then restart/reinstall GA - but that didn't work.

Then found this: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=75759&start=15

Which led me to try safe mode. Still no.

At this point my entire install is broken, with a tiny Windows screen. This is why I was hesitant to start messing with things. So, I think I just bought myself a complete reinstall of VM, then WIn10, then 3 layers of software on top of that to get back where I was just to run a single program. Great.
ShaneM
 
Posts: 9
Joined: 30. Nov 2017, 19:13

Guest Additions 5.2.2 install fails - OSX host/Win 10 guest

Postby SBoat » 8. Dec 2017, 04:12

Hardware is Macbook Air 11" vintage 2011
Host Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.2
Guest Windows 10 /16299

I'd been running VB 5.2.1 and Guest Additions with no porblems but was trying to update to 5.2.2. Guest Additions failed to install after several tries. It hung on driver install.
I looked around the net and tried to enable 3d accelleration but when I did, the mouse was hidden.

After several tires I gave up and downloaded and installed VB 5.2 and have had no problems. I tried to find 5.2.1 but couldn't find the download.

Any ideas would be appreciated or I'll try again after 5.2.3 is released. Thanks
SBoat
 
Posts: 4
Joined: 13. Aug 2016, 00:27

Re: Screen resolution issues with Mac retina display

Postby socratis » 8. Dec 2017, 09:38

<sigh>
What's today? The I-can't-install-the-Win-GAs day?
</sigh>

@SBoat
I merged your topic with an existing one that deals with the same exactly problem (despite the title of the thread), just to save on the duplicate posts. Can you please point whether you're using the 32-bit or the 64-bit Win10 version? Thank you for including the build number...


Just to recap the situation:
  • MacBookPro10,2 w/ OSX 10.13.1, VirtualBox 5.2.2 running Win10-x64 (1709), build 16299.
  • MacBookAir4,1 w/ OSX 10.13.2, VirtualBox 5.2.2 running Win10-x?? (1709), build 16299.
For me the host hardware or the host OS should be irrelevant. The VirtualBox version, and most importantly the Win10 build, are the ones that (in my mind) we should be focusing on.

I have a Win10-x64 (1607), build 14393.1480 (yes, I prefer to keep them outdated). I will try to update it to 1709, build 16299 and see if I can replicate the problem. In the meantime, here are some things that can be tried:

  • Uninstall the GAs from the Control Panel » Programs and Features. Or from the Settings » System » Apps & Features » Related settings, Programs and Features (all the way to the bottom). The GAs should be there, uninstall them from there.

  • If you can't find the GAs' uninstall entry, run: "D:\VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe /uninstall" from an elevated Command Prompt (start it with Run-as-Administrator), where "D:\" is your (virtual) CD drive.

  • If the above fails, search for and delete all VBox* and VirtualBox* files from your system.
    Clean up your registry with CCleaner. Mind the installation, it comes with "offers" from 3rd parties, known as "bundleware". Also, check out Device Cleanup program that helps you to remove any unused devices from your computer.

  • It won't hurt if you do all of the above steps in that order. Just remember to reboot your guest at regular intervals in between the installs/uninstalls. Reboot from within your guest that is...

  • You do NOT need to boot your Win10 into safe mode. This is only required for the WinXP guests and the Win7 guests (with the Direct3D drivers). But I guess it won't hurt either.

PS: @SBoat, there will not be a 5.2.23 release. The odd number versions are the intermediate ones in between the major releases, i.e. between 5.2.2 and 5.2.4. That's also why you can't find 5.2.1, since as soon as 5.2.2 came out, it became obsolete. These builds are also known as the test builds or developer builds. Stable as the released ones, but without all the bells and whistles (primarily documentation and packaging).

PPS: @ShaneM, I was mistaken when I said that I haven't seen the GAs installation fail before, since I was clearly involved in a discussion dealing with exactly the same thing. "Thank you" for pointing out the onset of Alzheimer's... :shock: :)
If you obfuscate any information requested, I will obfuscate my response. These are virtual UUIDs, not real ones.
Do NOT reply with the "QUOTE" button, please use the "POST REPLY", at the bottom of the form.
socratis
Site Moderator
 
Posts: 12665
Joined: 22. Oct 2010, 11:03
Location: Greece
Primary OS: Mac OS X other
VBox Version: PUEL
Guest OSses: Win(*>98), Linux*, OSX>10.5

Re: Screen resolution issues with Mac retina display

Postby ShaneM » 11. Dec 2017, 20:10

@socratis

I've essentially tried all of these things and I'm still in the same situation. Currently it's at a low resolution, and also running very laggy. No GA.

At this point I would love to just get it running without seconds of lag. It's gotten a lot worse since I started fiddling with it and it's now not useable. I'm not sure what to try next.
ShaneM
 
Posts: 9
Joined: 30. Nov 2017, 19:13

Re: Screen resolution issues with Mac retina display

Postby socratis » 12. Dec 2017, 02:44

socratis wrote:I'm drawing a blank. Something's not right in the Windows world.
If you obfuscate any information requested, I will obfuscate my response. These are virtual UUIDs, not real ones.
Do NOT reply with the "QUOTE" button, please use the "POST REPLY", at the bottom of the form.
socratis
Site Moderator
 
Posts: 12665
Joined: 22. Oct 2010, 11:03
Location: Greece
Primary OS: Mac OS X other
VBox Version: PUEL
Guest OSses: Win(*>98), Linux*, OSX>10.5

Previous

Return to Windows Guests

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 16 guests