Running Manjaro in VMware

Hi, I’m trying to run manjaro-xfce in VMware workstation pro using a laptop with external monitor. The display issues occur after trying to access the external monitor. First, I’m not able to cycle the monitors to gain access. Thus, manjaro will either switch screens or workspaces but stay on the monitor. Second, manjaro is not scaled properly and displays a black screen after trying an multi-screen setup therefore, only fullscreen works at this point. I have tried changing the kernel, restarting display manager, minimal installation. I’m hoping that someone will help me resolve these issues. I have used the xfce versions of linux mint and kali linux without issue.

hello @manArch

please post the output of the 2 following commands to give us an overview

inxi --admin --verbosity=7 --filter --no-host --width

echo $XDG_SESSION_TYPE && glxinfo | grep server

x11 or wayland ? my personal experience with kvm/qemu shows that wayland isn’t that compatible with virtualization due the reason that a lot of virtualization still rely on x11 and i expect that vmware isn’t different.

[manjaro@manjaro ~]$ inxi --admin --verbosity=7 --filter --no-host --width
Kernel: 6.9.0-1-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 13.2.1
clocksource: tsc avail: hpet,acpi_pm
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=us tz=UTC
misobasedir=manjaro misolabel=MANJARO_XFCEM_240 quiet
systemd.show_status=1 splash apparmor=1 security=apparmor driver=free
nouveau.modeset=1 i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1
Desktop: Xfce v: 4.18.1 tk: Gtk v: 3.24.36 wm: xfwm4 v: 4.18.0
with: xfce4-panel tools: xfce4-screensaver vt: 7 dm: LightDM v: 1.32.0
Distro: Manjaro base: Arch Linux
Type: Vmware System: VMware product: VMware20,1 v: N/A
serial: Chassis: No Enclosure type: 1
Mobo: Intel model: 440BX Desktop Reference Platform
serial: uuid: UEFI: VMware
v: VMW201.00V.21805430.B64.2305221830 date: 05/22/2023
System RAM: total: 4 GiB available: 3.79 GiB used: 1.1 GiB (28.9%)
Message: For most reliable report, use superuser + dmidecode.
Array-1: capacity: 65 GiB note: check slots: 31 note: check modules: 1
EC: None max-module-size: N/A
Device-1: RAM slot #0 type: DRAM detail: synchronous size: 4 GiB
speed: 4800 MT/s volts: note: check curr: 1 min: 1 max: 1 width (bits):
data: 64 total: 64 manufacturer: VMware Virtual RAM part-no: VMW-4096MB
Device-2: RAM slot #1 type: no module installed
Device-3: RAM slot #2 type: no module installed
Device-4: RAM slot #3 type: no module installed
Device-5: RAM slot #4 type: no module installed
Device-6: RAM slot #5 type: no module installed
Device-7: RAM slot #6 type: no module installed
Device-8: RAM slot #7 type: no module installed
Device-9: RAM slot #8 type: no module installed
Device-10: RAM slot #9 type: no module installed
Device-11: RAM slot #10 type: no module installed
Device-12: RAM slot #11 type: no module installed
Device-13: RAM slot #12 type: no module installed
Device-14: RAM slot #13 type: no module installed
Device-15: RAM slot #14 type: no module installed
Device-16: RAM slot #15 type: no module installed
Device-17: RAM slot #16 type: no module installed
Device-18: RAM slot #17 type: no module installed
Device-19: RAM slot #18 type: no module installed
Device-20: RAM slot #19 type: no module installed
Device-21: RAM slot #20 type: no module installed
Device-22: RAM slot #21 type: no module installed
Device-23: RAM slot #22 type: no module installed
Device-24: RAM slot #23 type: no module installed
Device-25: RAM slot #24 type: no module installed
Device-26: RAM slot #25 type: no module installed
Device-27: RAM slot #26 type: no module installed
Device-28: RAM slot #27 type: no module installed
Device-29: RAM slot #28 type: no module installed
Device-30: RAM slot #29 type: no module installed
Device-31: RAM slot #30 type: no module installed
Info: model: Intel Core i5-8250U bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Coffee Lake
gen: core 8 level: v3 note: check built: 2017 process: Intel 14nm family: 6
model-id: 0x8E (142) stepping: 0xA (10) microcode: 0xF0
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 2 smt: cache: L1: 128 KiB
desc: d-2x32 KiB; i-2x32 KiB L2: 512 KiB desc: 2x256 KiB L3: 6 MiB
desc: 1x6 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 1800 min/max: N/A cores: 1: 1800 2: 1800 bogomips: 7202
Flags: 3dnowprefetch abm adx aes apic arat arch_capabilities arch_perfmon
avx avx2 bmi1 bmi2 clflush clflushopt cmov constant_tsc cpuid cx16 cx8 de
f16c flush_l1d fma fpu fsgsbase fxsr ht hypervisor ibpb ibrs invpcid
lahf_lm lm mca mce md_clear mmx movbe msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat
pcid pclmulqdq pdpe1gb pge pni popcnt pse pse36 pti rdrand rdseed rdtscp
sep smap smep ss ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tsc
tsc_adjust tsc_deadline_timer tsc_known_freq tsc_reliable vme x2apic
xgetbv1 xsave xsavec xsaveopt xsaves xtopology
Type: gather_data_sampling status: Unknown: Dependent on hypervisor status
Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX unsupported
Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion
Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT Host state unknown
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
Type: mmio_stale_data mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT Host state unknown
Type: reg_file_data_sampling status: Not affected
Type: retbleed mitigation: IBRS
Type: spec_rstack_overflow status: Not affected
Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: IBRS; IBPB: conditional; STIBP: disabled; RSB
filling; PBRSB-eIBRS: Not affected; BHI: SW loop, KVM: SW loop
Type: srbds status: Unknown: Dependent on hypervisor status
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Device-1: VMware SVGA II Adapter driver: vmwgfx v: ports:
active: Virtual-1 empty: Virtual-2, Virtual-3, Virtual-4, Virtual-5,
Virtual-6, Virtual-7, Virtual-8 bus-ID: 00:0f.0 chip-ID: 15ad:0405
class-ID: 0300
Display: x11 server: v: compositor: xfwm4 v: 4.18.0 driver:
X: loaded: vmware unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa dri: vmwgfx
gpu: vmwgfx display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1664x874 s-size: <missing: xdpyinfo>
Monitor-1: Virtual-1 mapped: Virtual1 res: 1664x874 hz: 60 size: N/A modes:
max: 1664x874 min: 640x480
API: EGL v: 1.5 platforms: device: 0 egl: 1.4 drv: vmwgfx device: 1
drv: swrast gbm: egl: 1.4 drv: vmwgfx surfaceless: egl: 1.4 drv: vmwgfx x11:
egl: 1.4 drv: vmwgfx inactive: wayland
API: OpenGL v: 4.5 compat-v: 4.3 vendor: vmware mesa v: 24.0.6-manjaro1.1
glx-v: 1.4 direct-render: yes renderer: SVGA3D; build: RELEASE; LLVM;
device-ID: 15ad:0405 memory: 1000 KiB unified: no
Device-1: Ensoniq ES1371/ES1373 / Creative Labs CT2518 driver: snd_ens1371
v: kernel bus-ID: 02:02.0 chip-ID: 1274:1371 class-ID: 0401
API: ALSA v: k6.9.0-1-MANJARO status: kernel-api with: aoss
type: oss-emulator tools: alsactl,alsamixer,amixer
Server-1: JACK v: 1.9.22 status: off tools: N/A
Server-2: PipeWire v: 1.0.5 status: active with: 1: pipewire-pulse
status: active 2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin
tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
Device-1: Intel 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI vendor: VMware Virtual Machine
type: network bridge driver: N/A modules: i2c_piix4 port: N/A bus-ID: 00:07.3
chip-ID: 8086:7113 class-ID: 0680
Device-2: Intel 82545EM Gigabit Ethernet vendor: VMware PRO/1000 MT Single
Port driver: e1000 v: kernel port: 1040 bus-ID: 02:01.0 chip-ID: 8086:100f
class-ID: 0200
IF: ens33 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac:
IP v4: type: dynamic scope: global broadcast:
IP v6: type: noprefixroute scope: link
Info: services: NetworkManager,systemd-timesyncd
Device-1: VMware Virtual Bluetooth Adapter driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB
rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 bus-ID: 1-2.1:4 chip-ID: 0e0f:0008
class-ID: e001 serial:
Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: down bt-service: enabled,running
rfk-block: hardware: no software: yes address: see --recommends
Message: No logical block device data found.
Message: No RAID data found.
Local Storage: total: 60 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: VMware model: Virtual SATA Hard Drive
size: 60 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
tech: N/A serial: fw-rev: 0001 scheme: GPT
Optical-1: /dev/sr0 vendor: NECVMWar model: VMware SATA CD01 rev: 1.00
dev-links: cdrom
Features: speed: 1 multisession: yes audio: yes dvd: yes
rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram state: running
Message: No partition data found.
Alert: No swap data was found.
ID-1: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 size: 300 MiB fs: vfat label: N/A
uuid: E5AF-2704
ID-2: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2 size: 59.7 GiB fs: ext4 label: N/A
uuid: 5a1eb5be-3934-46cb-a4be-bd24667aec6c
Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: full speed or root hub ports: 2 rev: 1.1
speed: 12 Mb/s (1.4 MiB/s) lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 chip-ID: 1d6b:0001
class-ID: 0900
Device-1: 1-1:2 info: VMware Virtual Mouse type: mouse
driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 1 rev: 1.1 speed: 12 Mb/s (1.4 MiB/s)
lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 chip-ID: 0e0f:0003 class-ID: 0301
Hub-2: 1-2:3 info: VMware Virtual USB Hub ports: 7 rev: 1.1
speed: 12 Mb/s (1.4 MiB/s) lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 chip-ID: 0e0f:0002
class-ID: 0900
Device-1: 1-2.1:4 info: VMware Virtual Bluetooth Adapter type: bluetooth
driver: btusb interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s (1.4 MiB/s) lanes: 1
mode: 1.1 chip-ID: 0e0f:0008 class-ID: e001 serial:
Hub-3: 2-0:1 info: full speed or root hub ports: 6 rev: 2.0
speed: 480 Mb/s (57.2 MiB/s) lanes: 1 mode: 2.0 chip-ID: 1d6b:0002
class-ID: 0900
Src: lm-sensors+/sys Message: No sensor data found using /sys/class/hwmon or
Processes: 301 Power: uptime: 2m states: freeze,standby,mem,disk
suspend: s2idle avail: shallow wakeups: 0 hibernate: platform avail: shutdown,
reboot, suspend, test_resume image: 1.47 GiB
services: upowerd,xfce4-power-manager Init: systemd v: 255
default: graphical tool: systemctl
Packages: pm: pacman pkgs: 1028 libs: 288 tools: pamac Compilers: N/A
Shell: Bash v: 5.2.26 running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.34

server glx vendor string: SGI
server glx version string: 1.4
server glx extensions:

Hi @manArch

Please edit your previous post to make it more readable. Specifically, place all of the command output between three ``` (backtick) characters before and after the content using the ` key usually found underneath the Esc key (on a full keyboard).

When posting any command output use the </> button to create these backticks more easily. This places the rendered text in a scrollable text box suitable for code.

I hope this is helpful. Cheers.

Arch based distributions are unsupported by VMware and Manjaro does not make any effort to support running on vmware as a guest.

The display and monitor is controlled by vmware.

If you have issues with how the display and monitor is passed on to the guest you should use your vmware support channels.

I am using vmware workstation pro as well. I came to be that way a while ago because I had recurring network issues with my virtual Windows workstation - issues I simply could not work with.

Both kali and mint are supported by vmware - due to their origin - the assumption that so should Manjaro, is not valid as Arch is not supported by vmware - propably caused by the high kernel refresh rate - making it impossible for the vmware developers to keep a stable experience for their enterprise customers.

I have explored the multi monitor setup provided by vmware but I can make neither windows nor manjaro work with multiple monitors.

I have not bothered to investigate :man_shrugging: it is - I guess - just how it is.

The remainder of my life is too short to bother with finding a workaround.

well the screen is assigned as Virtual1-screen, that should be okay. i’m not aware about vmware but if i use kvm/qemu and try to work with physical-screens that are assigned as Virtual-screen then all the applications (i know and used) to control it had always the limitations that they can only work in 1920x1080 at maximum. trying to assign larger display-resolutions always failed.