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I have a VMware virtual machine of a Linux system with two partitions.  One is BackTrack 5 on Ubuntu 10.4, and the other is Ubuntu 13.04.  When I try to get to the BackTrack desktop by entering "startx", I receive a fatal error, "Fatal server error:
no screens found."  I attached the log.  I did some research and understand that this is a problem with video drivers; however, I'm running the standard VMware SVGA II adapter.  I'm not much of a Linux user, so I'll need some help with commands.  Thanks.
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by:rindi
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The only thing I can think of is that you haven't installed the VMWare tools, or they aren't current, within your VM. Try installing/reinstalling them.
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Thanks, rindi.  I installed Tools from the 13.04 partition.  When I boot to the BackTrack login screen and check, VMware Tools asks whether I want to re-install tools, which makes me think that Tools are already installed.  I'm running VMware Workstation 9.  I guess that I can try to re-install tools, and I have a box with VMware 10, and I can try that, too.  However, if I have to re-install Tools from the BackTrack side, I'll have to do it entirely from the command prompt, and I may need some help doing it that way.
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I'd reinstall the tools. I think there is a script which you start, actually pretty straight forward, but I currently don't have any example on which I could try it out. It should also be explained on the VMWare site in the documentation.
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Thanks, rindi.  I installed Tools from the command line on the BackTrack side.  The error message no longer appears, but I get a black screen.
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This turned out to be the correct first step.  I also had to edit the kernel to VGA=791 i915.modeset=1.
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