For a while now I’ve been trying to set up VMware to work with multiple monitors, in a Linux guest. With some windowmanagers it works out of the box without any issue, such as with Unity. I never figured out how to do it with xmonad, and recently I switched to i3 just to try something new. The damn “Cycle multiple monitors” button didn’t work here either. When I tried it, a message popped up saying:
The virtual machine must have up-to-date VMware Tools installed and running.
..which it had! At this point I had installed vmware-tools, which is described as:
“A suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine”
However, I found a solution! Place the following line in your i3 configuration file, whether it be ~/.i3/config or ~/.config/i3/config:
..and that’s it! Reload your i3 configuration, and now you should be able to press the “Cycle multiple monitors” button and have dual monitors in your VMware guest!
Now, if you’re using open-vm-tools instead of the native vmware-tools, do what Fabian suggested – use the following line in your config-file instead:
I had a USB-stick formatted with FAT32, and when I tried transferring a file over 4GB to it, I suddenly got the error:
The file ‘example.iso’ is too large for the destination file system.
The file system FAT32 only supports file sizes of up to 4GB, thus this error. Luckily there’s an easy way to fix this – convert the file system from FAT32 to NTFS. This can be done easily with the command convert, and should not cause you to lose data on the device you’re converting, or have to format it. However, backup is always adviced.
So, the conversion itself:
1. Click on the Start-menu
2. Type cmd in the search bar
3. Check the disk for errors with the command:
Where e: is the letter of the drive of the USB-stick.
4. Execute the conversion with:
The conversion-process will take a few minutes, and in the end the program will inform you when the conversion was successful.
So I mainly use Linux, but for some tasks I turn to Windows. In this particular case it was setting up my iPad so that my wife could take it to Spain with her, packed with movies, to entertain the kids. This included the use of iTunes. I’m sure there’s some way to make it work in Linux as well, but I thought I’d write a post based on a solution I found in Windows, for once.
I needed to convert existing .avi-files to the format the iPad uses. This is where the program Handbrake comes into play. It’s excellent for converting from one format to another, but it’s the batch-convert part that isn’t too good. So how to solve this? Well, first install Handbrake, then proceed to create a .bat-script in the directory that contains the .avi-files. I do realize that Handbrake has a Add to queue function, but that sort of takes away the point of batch-converting. Rather I specify a folder, then it convert every file in it, than me adding a file manually one by one.
Open up Notepad, and place the following bit of text in it:
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