The most important thing

  1. Turn on your VM and open a terminal
  2. In the terminal, type sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
    • This will install a new graphics manager for your desktop
    • Click Y when asked
  3. Log out (or restart)
  4. When you log in, there will be a "gear shaped" icon near your login name. Click it and select GNOME Classic (No Effects) gnome-classic


By default, the memory allocated for the VM is only 512 MB. This is too little. Make sure Windows and your VM each have a decent amount of memory allocated.

  • If Windows has less than 3GB, it isn't happy
  • If Ubuntu has less than 3GB, it isn't happy
  • 32 Bit Ubuntu uses less memory

Guest Additions

If guest additions is not installed, then your display will be very small. Install it.

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31 January 2013


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