Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm running the latest version of Ubuntu 12.10 and Virtual box 4.2.4. and I would like to mount my folders from my Windows 7 host unto Ubuntu but I get the following error:

"The Virtual Box Guest Addition does not appear to be available on this Virtual Machine and cannot be used without them...."

It then goes on to tell me that I would need to install or install it. Now I've already gotten it installed and I've noticed some of the enhancements it grants me(size the screen so that it fits my entire monitor) so I'm not sure why it is giving my this issue.

Attempts at a solution:

1) Installed dkms build-essential and linux-headers-generic (Ubuntu) as this site suggests https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=15679# (I did all of this after installing the GA so this might of been the issue)

2) Restarted Ubuntu (After reinstalling GA and the above software)

Note: Since the original posting of this message, VB has updated to 4.2.6.

Edit:I've decided to restall my OS running Linux 64 bit now instead of just Linux. I've also installed: dkms, build essential, and linux headers generic and now when I run GA I get this error:

"Installing graphies libraries and desktop components ...failed"

I've researched this and I'm told to remove these:

rm/usr/lib64/VBoxGuestAdditions rm/usr/share/VBoxGuestAdditions

I replace "usr" with my Ubuntu user name and it tells me that no such file directory exists.

share|improve this question
This sounds like a problem with Virtualbox running on Windows. –  user68186 Dec 20 '12 at 13:46
Really? I'm using Windows 7 64 bit and my Ubuntu is a 32 bit. –  Wormhole99 Dec 20 '12 at 22:01
Don't replace /usr with the user name. /usr is a system folder. Use this command: sudo rm /usr/lib64/VBoxGuestAdditions rm/usr/share/VBoxGuestAdditions. Note space between rm and /usr/.... –  user68186 Dec 21 '12 at 17:36
I was able to remove the share folder but its saying that lib64 doesn't exist. –  Wormhole99 Dec 22 '12 at 18:49
add comment

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.