[CentOS] display problem running under vmware

Mon Aug 6 18:57:41 UTC 2012
Steve <zephod at cfl.rr.com>

I'm running an up-to-date CentOS 6 virtual machine in a VMWare player on a Windows box and I cannot set the display resolution to anything higher than 1280x720. Windows shows the screen resolution on this monitor to be 1920x1080.
I do have VMWareTools installed although I'm not certain it is installed correctly. How can I tell? It is version 8.8.4-743747.

I'm not sure if this is a CentOS issue or a VMWare issue but I thought I'd start here.

My Xorg.0.log shows this:
[    43.093] (II) LoadModule: "vmware"
[    43.095] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vmware_drv.so
[    43.102] (II) Module vmware: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[    43.102]    compiled for 1.10.4, module version = 11.0.3
[    43.102]    Module class: X.Org Video Driver
[    43.102]    ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 10.0
[    43.102] (II) LoadModule: "vmwgfx"
[    43.132] (WW) Warning, couldn't open module vmwgfx
[    43.132] (II) UnloadModule: "vmwgfx"
[    43.132] (II) Unloading vmwgfx
[    43.132] (EE) Failed to load module "vmwgfx" (module does not exist, 0)
[    43.133] (EE) vmware: Please ignore the above warnings about not being able to to load module/driver vmwgfx
[    43.133] (II) vmware: Using vmwlegacy driver everything is fine.
[    43.133] (II) LoadModule: "vmwlegacy"
[    43.136] (WW) Warning, couldn't open module vmwlegacy
[    43.136] (II) UnloadModule: "vmwlegacy"
[    43.136] (II) Unloading vmwlegacy
[    43.136] (EE) Failed to load module "vmwlegacy" (module does not exist, 0)
[    43.137] (EE) vmware: Unexpected failure while loading the "vmwlegacy" driver. Giving up.
[    43.137] (II) UnloadModule: "vmware"
[    43.137] (II) Unloading vmware
[    43.137] (EE) Failed to load module "vmware" (a required submodule could not be loaded, 136118924)

Is this problem just a mismatch between CentOS and vmwware?


more info:

$ uname -r

$ ls -d /usr/lib/vmware-tools/modules/binary/*2.6.32-279*
ls: cannot access /usr/lib/vmware-tools/modules/binary/*2.6.32-279*: No such file or directory

There are bld-2.6.32-24.whatever and bld-2.6.32-28.55-whatever files in /usr/lib/vmware-tools/modules/binary/

There is a legacy directory under /usr/lib/vmware-tools/modules/source/ and the source directory has a vmwgfx.tar file in it.

# cat /proc/modules | grep vmware
vmware_balloon 5811 0 - Live 0x<...>

VMWare Player version 4.04 build 744019