Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Solaris 10 x86 u10 Resolution in Parallels

I have a Macbook Pro 13.3" and I was having issues trying to get my resolution setup correctly during my Solaris 10 installation with Parallels.  Here are some tips to get your resolution set to 1024x768.

By default Parallels installs the Solaris virtual machine at a very high resolution and for my 13.3" screen, this is a problem.

First things first ...

  1. 'init s' while in multi user mode
  2. To fix the screen resolution, perform the following command: /usr/X11/bin/xorgconfig
  3. Specify a mouse protocol type, for this option choose "PS/2 [PS/2 Mouse]."
  4. Choose 'y' to enable "Emulate3Buttons."  Just press <ENTER> to use the default device name.
  5. Select "Generic 101-key PC" for the keyboard type.
  6. For the country type, choose "U.S. English."  Just press <ENTER> for default variant name.
  7. Select 'n' for additional XKB options.
  8. Make sure to indicate the horizontal sync range of your monitor to specify, "31.5 - 37.9; Non-Interlaced SVGA, 1024x768 @ 60 Hz, 800x600 @ 72 Hz."
  9. Indicate the vertical sync range of your monitor to specify, '50-90.'  Click <ENTER> to fill in default names for monitor.
  10. Click 'y' to look at the card database.
  11. Choose "Generic VESA" as your corresponding card definition.  Press <ENTER> to continue.
  12. For your memory, this depends on your video card.  I chose '4096K' only because I use my virtual machine to test my scripts and hardening techniques.  Press <ENTER> to fill in default names for your video card.
  13. Review the list of resolution modes and choose "The modes are OK, continue."
  14. Make the color depth 24 bits (16 million colors).
  15. Now create your new xorg.conf file which will be placed in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
  16. Reboot the system to verify changes are correct.

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