Vmware tools on Ubuntu 9.04 (Kubuntu) doesn't affect mouse/graphics performance

I've set up a VM (1.5GB RAM allocated, 25 GB HD space) on an ESXi server with Ubuntu 9.04 Server as my guest OS.  When I installed Kubuntu and used that as my GUI, I noticed that the performance is terrible.  Choppy mouse and the graphics cause a great deal of lag.

I installed VMWare tools to solve this issue and have run the command vmware-toolbox, which brings up the properties window.  The instructions I've found to this point state that I should restart my kdm session which I've attempted to do by using sudo /etc/init.d/kdm restart.  This ends my kdm session, but does not restart a new session.  

It kicks me out to the black screen stating "Starting K Display Manager:kdm".  Underneath that text it shows different services starting with the last being "Checking battery state".  At this point the cursor appears (but no command line).  I can type whatever I'd like, but the system is unresponsive and I end up resetting my vm.

I have also set VMWare-toolbox to automatically start with KDM, but that doesn't seem to make any difference either.  I would really like to be able to graphically access the server through the console, but the performance issues are a serious hinderance...

Any ideas on why VMWare-toolbox wouldn't be helping here?

TIA,
BenderBender
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vmwarun - ArunConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Go through Page 312 of this URL and check whether you are running this version of ESX.
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/GuestOS_guide.pdf
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
What is your ESXi version ?
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BenderBenderAuthor Commented:
ESX 3i 3.5.0, running on a Dell R905  2x Quad Core Opteron 83502GHz  16GB Memory
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