emorrp1 wrote:I do think most of the problems you outline are due to virtualbox, you can only show so much in virtualisation. A real install should basically solve the display problems.
While I don't understand why the above would be so (it's an intel mac), it sounds reasonable that the virtualisation software is likely to be responsible. I am able to run XP and Ubuntu 7.04 or 10 (but not later 'buntu's) using different VM software (Parallels), and what's more, both are displayed in full screen and run at respectable rates.
Unfortunately, Parallels seems not to support more recent Ubuntu-based releases (without paying (again) to upgrade to version 3 or 4, and even then reports seem to be mixed), so I am pinning my hopes on Vbox and other free offerings.
I may, however, be able to get my own macbook going on dual boot to test your theory about a full install fixing things, and when I can, I'll post back here with results. This may take a little while - gotta clear some space on my drive (it's nearly chock-full) ...
Thanks again, emorrp1!