Thursday, February 28, 2008


Installing Ubuntu on Virtual PC 2007

I was trying to install Ubuntu 7.10 on Virtual PC 2007 but I got this nasty screen when it went into graphics mode during the setup:

It turns out that Ubuntu sets the color depth to 24 bit which Virtual PC doesn't like. This detailed step by step guide shows how to fix the video and mouse issues so Ubuntu works on Virtual PC 2007.

The short version to fix the graphics problems:

  • Hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 when the screen goes in tilt to drop to a console

  • Change DefaultDepth 24 to 16 in /etc/X11/xorg.conf

  • Hit Ctrl+Alt+F7 to go back in graphics mode

  • Hit Ctrl+Alt+F7 to reload XWindows

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