I am new to Manjaro. I want to fully test/exercise Manjaro KDE 64bit in a VMWare guest on a Windows 10 host. Using Windows 10 Pro (build 18363 - fully updated as of today), VMWare Workstation Player 15.5.1 build 15018445 (latest as of today). Nvidia drivers 441.66. I have 32gb of physical ram, over 600gb free diskspace. I've allocated 5gb to the VM, 1 or 2gb to the video display. Other than that it is exactly the default image settings from VMWare that work with Ubuntu and Mint...
I installed KDE Plasma 18.1.4 (verified GPG signature). All went well. After the install I verified that open-vm-tools is present and running.
Unlike all the other distros I have tried I cannot resize the VM window to increase the resolution. Nothing happens. Entering fullscreen simply displays 800x600 centered. If I try to change display settings the resolution will change to what I set momentarily and then snap back.
As I describe later, I do not believe this is an issue specific to Manjaro's implementation of KDE or open-vm-tools but I'm asking here for guidance.
I've searched the forums and generally "googled". There are issues and workarounds that sound similar, but no suggestions have worked. Someone on these forums suggested starting and stopping the services:
systemctl stop vmtoolsd.service
systemctl start vmtoolsd.service
Doing so does allow me to manually resize the window. Trying to change the KDE display settings does nothing. On a system restart the window is back to 800x600.
I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling open-vm-tools, using arandr, starting a brand new virtual machine and reinstalling, increasing the virtual display RAM.
After hours of trying I decided to try Manjaro Gnome 18.1.4. Identical VM settings. It works exactly as it should immediately after an install. I don't have to do anything.
To try to isolate if it was a Manjaro issue, I downloaded the Kubuntu image and it behaves exactly like Manjaro KDE 18.1.14. It doesn't work.
So it looks like a KDE issue and not specific to Manjaro. Manjaro KDE is the distro I want to test and hopefully eventually use on another physical computer.
Can anyone provide any further direction? Have reported to KDE as well.
Keep in mind this is with fully updated software, immediately after install (both before and after the first system update). It happens before I do/change anything. All defaults.