So I just tried out Ubuntu 12.04 and I am not sold on the interface, overall I still am kind of fond of Windows type desktops (Linux Mint is favorite so far). But this post is not about that, its about multi monitor setups.
Now a little background on my host machine, its Windows 7 64bit with VirtualBox and dual monitors. It seems to have no issue powering through virtual machines 32bit or 64bit. I have VirtualBox (get a copy!) 4.1.14; it supports more then one monitor, now I have read that previous version did as well but I have not tried this in over a year since my last attempts were unsuccessful.
- Install VirtualBox (its free, Windows, Linux and Mac)
- Once you have created your virtual machine (VM) edit your settings.
- Go to Display section and increase the Monitor Count.
- Make sure to increase your Video Memory. If you don’t it won’t work (I should know, took me a bit to figure out that was my issue). I would go with the maximum 128MB if possible.
- Install your OS (you can do this before step 3).
- Make sure to install the VirtualBox guest additions.
- Then reboot and once you are back in you should be able to use more than one.
My best results where in full screen mode (right crtl+f) or seamless mode (right ctrl+l). It was great to have use of my two monitors while in Linux virtual machine. Now you can do this for Windows as well.