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Bug 48794 - vmware-workstation- fails to enter full-screen mode
Summary: vmware-workstation- fails to enter full-screen mode
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86 Linux
: High major (vote)
Assignee: Chris Gianelloni (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-04-23 08:52 UTC by Adam Bolte
Modified: 2004-09-28 20:07 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Adam Bolte 2004-04-23 08:52:20 UTC
Upon booting an OS in VMware-3.2.1, I get the error message:

Failed to set virtual terminal mode for /dev/tty8: Operation not permitted
Unable to allocate virtual terminal for full-screen VGA.
Full-screen VGA will not be available.

If I click on the Full Screen button when using the client OS, I get another pop-up box:

Could not allocate virtual terminal for full-screen VGA.
Cannot switch to full-screen mode.

This doesn't seem possible. /dev/tty8 is a system link to /dev/vc/8, which has permissions crw-rw----, where group is tty and I am in that group. Changing permissions using chmod o+rw /dev/vc/8 doesn't make any difference (as others have also experienced). Furthermore, this used to work. I believe it was just the new updated version that has broken this, but it could also possibly be due to the newer version of X. I have had this problem for so long I can't recall exactly what triggered it.

Switching between xfree-drm and ati-drivers doesn't seem to make any difference.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Execute vmware
2. Load client OS
3. Observe error pop-up box

Actual Results:  
I got the previously-mentioned error pop-up box informing me that there was a
permission problem, even when there was no permission problem. It stated that
full-screen mode would be unavailable, and indeed it wasn't.

Expected Results:  
Not displayed the error, and (more importantly) full-screen should have worked.

I do run a GNOME desktop, but I'm sure that's not relevant.

Portage 2.0.50-r6 (default-x86-1.4, gcc-3.3.2, glibc-2.3.2-r9, 2.4.26)
System uname: 2.4.26 i686 AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2100+
Gentoo Base System version 1.4.9
distcc 2.13 i686-pc-linux-gnu (protocols 1 and 2) (default port 3632) [enabled]
ccache version 2.3 [enabled]
Autoconf: sys-devel/autoconf-2.58-r1
Automake: sys-devel/automake-1.8.3
CFLAGS="-march=athlon-xp -O3 -pipe"
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xkb /usr/kde/2/share/config
/usr/kde/3.1/share/config /usr/kde/3.2/share/config /usr/kde/3/share/config
/usr/lib/mozilla/defaults/pref /usr/share/config
/usr/share/texmf/dvipdfm/config/ /usr/share/texmf/dvips/config/
/usr/share/texmf/tex/generic/config/ /usr/share/texmf/tex/platex/config/
/usr/share/texmf/xdvi/ /var/bind /var/qmail/control"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/gconf /etc/terminfo /etc/env.d"
CXXFLAGS="-march=athlon-xp -O3 -pipe"
FEATURES="autoaddcvs ccache distcc sandbox"
USE="3dnow X Xaw3d aalib acl acpi alsa apm arts avi berkdb bonobo cdr cjk crypt
cscope cups curl dedicated dga directfb doc dvb dvd emacs encode esd ethereal
evo fbcon flash foomaticdb gb gd gdbm ggi gif gnome gphoto2 gpm gstreamer gtk
gtk2 gtkhtml guile imap imlib jack java jikes joystick jpeg junit kde ladcca
lcms leim libg++ libgda libwww mad matroska mbox mcal memlimit mikmod mmx motif
mozilla mpeg mpi mule mysql nas ncurses nls nocd odbc oggvorbis opengl oss pam
pda pdas pdflib perl plotutils png ppds prelude python qt quicktime readline
ruby samba sasl scanner sdl slang slp snmp spell ssl svga tcltk tcpd tetex
theora tiff truetype usb utf8 video_cards_radeon videos wmf wxwindows x86
xinerama xml xml2 xmms xosd xv zeo zlib"
Comment 1 Chris Gianelloni (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-04-23 14:22:33 UTC
Ouch.  I'll have to see what I can do about this, but unfortunately, I don't think I have a copy of my old 3.x license around anymore.
Comment 2 Chris Gianelloni (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-08-22 10:35:00 UTC
Can you try and see if this fixes this problem?
Comment 3 Chris Gianelloni (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-09-28 20:07:07 UTC
REOPEN if you have more information.