Note: This article is probably outdated. I received reports that simply restarting the vmtoolsd service doesn’t work anymore.
Due to a bug in current versions of Manjaro, it is not possible to change the screen resolution if Manjaro is running as a VMware guest. Neither changing the resolution manually nor using the “Fit Guest Now” option is working correctly. Since the screen resolution is pinned to 800×600 pixels, it’s almost impossible to properly use the VM. I was able to reproduce the issue with my VM running Manjaro with the KDE desktop.
The underlying issue is that the systemd service providing the VMware Guest Tools is not starting properly. According to an entry in the Manjaro forums (dated May 2019) shows two possible solutions.
Temporarily, it’s possible to (re)start the necessary service with the
systemctl restart vmtoolsd.service
command. While the screen resolution can be modified instantly afterwards, you’ll have to redo this process after a reboot.
A more permanent solution is a modification of the systemd unit file
As Matthew pointed out in his comment, you should avoiding editing the unit file manually and use the
systemctl edit vmtoolsd.service command instead. Thanks, Matthew!
After the modification, it should look like this:
[Unit] Description=Open Virtual Machine Tools (VMware Tools) ConditionVirtualization=vmware After=display-manager.service [Service] ExecStart=/usr/bin/vmtoolsd [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
Finally, you can change the screen resolution right after booting the system. Additionally, VMware’s “Autofit” options will work properly again.