Can't get Ubuntu to install in ESXI 6

Fritz

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After selecting keyboard, it jumps back to "Where are you?" and just sits there. It also switches to wide screen so I can't get to the buttons in the lower right. I've tried all the display setting and nothing seems to affect this. :confused:
 

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Sorry, no help here just wanted to let you know it installs fine on my ESXI 6
 

MiniKnight

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What version of Ubuntu? 16.04 installs in everything and is the latest LTS release. Use that if you can. There's a new 16.04.1 rev too.
 

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Don't have a solve for this but will say that you're not the only one facing this problem. I had a test install of ESXi 6 on an X10DAX machine running on a E5-2690v3 and I faced a very similar issue. The screen would get cutoff and I was not able to see what I was selecting, so I couldn't finish the install. This was with the absolute latest version of Ubuntu at the time (~2 months ago).
 

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16.04 LTS. Funny thing is, my monitor is wide screen and the Ubuntu install screen is obviously wide screen and it still cuts off.
 

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Are you doing desktop or server install? And are you using 16.04.1?
 

Fritz

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Are you doing desktop or server install? And are you using 16.04.1?
It's a desktop install. I think it's 16.04, not .1. May I need to try .1.

I'm DL'ing 16.04.1, I'll give it a go.
 
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I assume the VWware client is set to always scale? I know that's probably obvious. There's a whole slew of issues fixed by upping the VM guest graphics memory - not really for this issue but might be worth a try if nothing else springs to mind.
 
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Fritz

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Can't find anything in the client about scaling.

16.04.1 does the same thing. Still no joy. :(
 

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FWIW I have also been experiencing console screen issues as well with esxi 6U2 and the latest client. It affects my Surface Pro 4 with Windows 10AU but not my older non-high dpi laptop. Ubuntu 14 & 16 as well as Windows 10 guests are all affected. The issue seems to have started once I did the Win 10 anniversary update.

Apart from using the old laptop I found I can work around the issue by using the new esxi 6u2 web ui console http://esxihostip/ui
 
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Fritz

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Still can't find an answer. I loaded Windows with a hitch so whatever the problem is, it's between ESXI and Ubuntu.

Also, it's doesn't hang like I first thought, just can't reach the continue/OK button. Can't tab to it either.
 

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set the virtual graphics memory to 8MB (twice the default) and see if that fixes it

I'm downloading now to see if I can replicate it on my setup, but I seem to remember that fixing it.

EDIT - Didn't fix it for me, but didn't hit the widescreen issue until the keyboard layout screen

EDIT2 - got it, when you boot the iso, change GRUB for the Installer line to setgfxpayload=auto (originally set to keep).
 
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Looks like the screen gets cut off during install? IS that what is happening?
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I was able to double click on English keyboard to get to the next screen, then i used tab to get to continue screen.

so far its installing
 
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