Work-around for poor handling of High DPI screens in VMWare Workstation 14 (Kali Linux)

VMWare Workstation 14 does a poor job of handling High DPI screens. Linux VMs running on a laptop with a HiDPI screen don't display at the expected full-size. One way to work around this is using xrandr and display scaling from within the Virtual machine.



For my 192dpi display I needed to run this command: xrandr --output Virtual1 --scale 0.5x0.5

Online posts described setting the 'scale' value to over 1 (like 1.5x1.5), yet when I apply a scaling factor larger than one the text/windows on the screen actually get smaller. Go figure.