Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) – Could not apply the stored configuration for monitors

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Booting in to a clean installation of Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) with VMWare Tools installed I get a Could not apply the stored configuration for monitors error:

Could not apply the stored configuration for monitors.
Could not apply the stored configuration for monitors.

The solution is to remove monitors.xml from /home/<username>/.config.

To do this I opened a Terminal and changed the directory to .config:

cd .config

I backed-up and then deleted monitors.xml:

cp monitors.xml monitors.bak
rm monitors.xml

I rebooted for good measure – now VMWare Tools adjusts my resolution without errors.

Source:  http://askubuntu.com/questions/67337/how-do-i-get-rid-of-this-monitor-error

Ubuntu Server 10.4 Lucid – Installing open-vm-tools in Headless Mode

I have been installing open-vm-tools for a little while in my Ubuntu Server virtual machines. A quick apt-get install is much simpler than manually installing VMware Tools – it gets the job done, and there is no need to reboot after the install!

I should have read the community documentation sooner though as it details a simple command line switch for installing open-vm-tools in a headless installation.

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends open-vm-tools

Using this Ubuntu Server downloads 21Mb of packages instead of 250Mb. Taking a snapshot of a virtual machine after the install is also much much quicker – so it is well worth the effort.