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If you try to install Ubuntu 10.10 under parallels desktop 6.0 on OSX — atleast as of the writing of this article — you’ll soon discover that although your entire installation is done in a high (eg: 1920×1080) resolution, as soon as the install is done and you reboot, your VM is stuck at 1024×768. You can install the parallel tools using the menu option and it still won’t help — although it helps with 3D (ie: compiz). Under Gnomes System/Preferences/Monitors the highest resolution available is 1024×768 :-(. After searching around the net for the past week or so and trying just about every remedy — which did not work — I was about to give up, then I found the magic command that “makes it go” :-).

I’ve now got Ubuntu 10.10 running with PT/compiz under parallels 6.0 @ 1920×1080. No problem. Normally if you go inside ~/.config/ directory (.config folder under your home directory) you’ll notice that there is no “monitors.xml” file in there. That’s the per user X config file that gets the ball rolling. Generating the file is really easy. Open a teminal and issue the following command:


This will generate (hopefully) the following output:

Note that 1024×768 is the default. Now if you go inside ~/.config/ directory you’ll find a “monitors.xml” file (below). Once you’ve got this file you can go to System/Preferences/Monitors and choose the higher resolution options (eg:1920×1080). The xrandr command should generate the file for you. If it doesn’t (not sure why), here is my version for parallel 6.0. I think it’s pretty generic so you should be able to cut and paste the content:

<monitors version="1">
      <output name="default">

Fixing Plymouth (boot splash) in Ubuntu 10.10 aka. Maverick Meerkat

datePosted on 14:10, November 1st, 2010 by Many Ayromlou

If you’ve recently installed Ubuntu 10.10 and have installed Nvidia and/or ATI drivers — or installed ubuntu under emulation — you’ll end up with a (butt) ugly splash screen. In my case under parallel 6.0 I ended up with a text boot screen that just read “Ubuntu 10.10″……Ughhh. Here is a quick tutorial on how to get a nice splash restored. This procedure also works in 10.04. Keep in mind that I’m doing everything with 1280×1024 screen size. your mileage might vary (ie: you might want 1024×768). You’ll need to get a terminal session opened for this:

  • Get the nice splash screen installed
    sudo apt-get install v86d
  • Edit your grub config file and add the following
    sudo vi /etc/default/grub
  • Look for this line:
  • and replace it with this (note: 1280×1024 screen res…..your mileage might vary):
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset video=uvesafb:mode_option=1280x1024-24,mtrr=3,scroll=ywrap"
  • Still in the same file look for this line:
  • and replace it with this (note: 1280×1024 screen res…..your mileage might vary):

Your /etc/default/grub file should look like this once you’re done (partial screenshot):

  • Save the file and issue the following command to start editing /etc/initramfs-tools/modules file:
    sudo vi /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
  • The file should be mostly commented out. At the end of the file insert the following line (note: 1280×1024 screen res…..your mileage might vary):
    uvesafb mode_option=1280x1024-24 mtrr=3 scroll=ywrap

Your /etc/initramfs-tools/modules file should look like this once you’re done:

  • Save the file and issue the following command:
    echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
  • Finally issue the following two command to update grub:
    sudo update-grub2
    sudo update-initramfs -u

Reboot and Enjoy :-)