I figured a temp fix, but apparently my profile was deleted, now I can only post here. Hope you guys find this if you need it. Will hit the other posts in a few days...

It'd not perfect, but definitely better!

after you install VMware tools and all that, just make your xorg.conf look like this:

Section "Device"
	Identifier	"Configured Video Device"

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier	"Configured Monitor"
	HorizSync	30.0 - 70.0
	VertRefresh	50.0 - 75.0

Section "Screen"
	Identifier	"Default Screen"
	Monitor		"Configured Monitor"
	Device		"Configured Video Device"
	DefaultDepth	24
	SubSection	"Display"
		Depth	24
		Modes	"1440x900"