VMWare Black Screen at higher resolutions 

If running a VM at higher resolution thatn 1024x768 is causing a black screen, and in Ubuntu, cases an error message "Cannot configure monitor" to have appeared when you resize the view back down, VMWare may have added the setting guestBackedPrimaryAware to your Virtual Machines VMX file. This appears to relate to the presence of VMWare Tools in the VM.

This can be undone by opening the VMX file in a text editor (with the VM shut down), and setting
svga.guestBackedPrimaryAware = "FALSE"

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