Expanding Display Size and Decreasing Fixed Hard Disk Size

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Laurence, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. Laurence

    Laurence Guest

    I have two questions that I hope someone can help me with:

    1) Is there anyway possible to expand or add to the choices of display size within the Virtual Machine, possibly by making changes to the registry within the Guest VPC? I'm using a Dell Inspiron 8500 running 1920 X 1200 natively. I would like to be able to configure my Guest VPC with a 1680 X 1050 display size.

    2) Is there anyway possible to decrease the size of a Fixed Hard Disk? I have Guest VPC with a 8 GB Fixed Hard Disk. I would like to shave off 2 GB but keep it as a Fixed Hard Disk for better performance. I know that I can change it to a Dynamically Expanding Disk to decrease the size that's showing up on the Host, but doing so will cause a dramatic decrease in performance and speed. I tried switching from Fixed to Dynamically Expanding, compacting it, and then going back to Fixed, but it still remained 8 GB after all of that.

    Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? I'm all ears and I thank you in advance.
     
    Laurence, Jul 22, 2004
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  2. Laurence

    Scott Baker Guest

    1) Possibly, but I don't have that information. Is there
    some advantage to using that unsupported (by the S3
    driver) resolution over using a supported one (such as
    1600x1024)?

    2) No, you can't change the size of the VHD, just like
    you can't change the size of a physical hard drive. You
    _can_ create a 2nd VHD of the appropriate size and use an
    imaging/partition program (Drive Image, Ghost, Partition
    Magic, etc.) to copy the contents from the original VHD
    to the new, smaller VHD.

    Scott
    choices of display size within the Virtual Machine,
    possibly by making changes to the registry within the
    Guest VPC? I'm using a Dell Inspiron 8500 running 1920 X
    1200 natively. I would like to be able to configure my
    Guest VPC with a 1680 X 1050 display size.
    Fixed Hard Disk? I have Guest VPC with a 8 GB Fixed Hard
    Disk. I would like to shave off 2 GB but keep it as a
    Fixed Hard Disk for better performance. I know that I
    can change it to a Dynamically Expanding Disk to decrease
    the size that's showing up on the Host, but doing so will
    cause a dramatic decrease in performance and speed. I
    tried switching from Fixed to Dynamically Expanding,
    compacting it, and then going back to Fixed, but it still
    remained 8 GB after all of that.
     
    Scott Baker, Jul 22, 2004
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  3. Laurence

    Laurence Guest

    In response to your display question of the advantage, when I choose Full Screen, it will be a supported display resolution for my Host, which will prevent having black borders around the edge of the 1600 X 1024 resolution.
     
    Laurence, Jul 22, 2004
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