I have a USB desktop laser, for which the MS Windows software doesn't run particularly well in Wine. So I tried VirtualBox 5.2.12, but I can't seem to get the USB device to be recognized. Wine would recognize the USB device.

The Windows VM is Windows 7, my OS is Ubuntu-Mate 18.04.

In VirtualBox I have tried settings for USB 1.1, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0, and I have installed the virtualbox-ext-pack. Im not sure what else to try. In the windows VM, the device manager states that the USB hub is "unrecognized".

  • Did you make sure your host user account is in the vboxusers group? – Terrance May 10 '18 at 21:38
  • sudo adduser $USER vboxusers and reboot – Eskander Bejaoui May 10 '18 at 22:40
  • evidently that had not previously been done. Ill check the results – j0h May 11 '18 at 1:34
  • well did that solve your problem? I can write a proper answer if it does – Eskander Bejaoui May 13 '18 at 7:43
  • working 7/12's and college, ... I hoping to have this figured out soo, but Im so tired... – j0h May 14 '18 at 21:57

Open your terminal and write the following command.

sudo su

Enter your password. Then run the following commands:

$ apt install virtualbox virtualbox-guest-additions-iso
$ apt install virtualbox-ext-pack
$ usermod -G vboxusers -a mir

In the last command, instead of mir use your admin account name such as nick, peter, etc.

Finally, reboot your PC.

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I have experienced similar problem.

I am using Ubuntu 18.04 and Virtualbox 6.0.12.


I am trying to connect a wireless adapter(Alfa AWUS036H) to VirtualBox, but there was no USB device recognized.

VirtualBox USB menu


Make sure your User is in the Vboxusers group. To do that, follow this:

  1. Check what your User's username is:

    $ echo $USER

    The output of this command is your User's username.

  2. Check all the groups that exist on your system:

    $ compgen -g

    Look for vboxusers.

  3. Add your User to vboxusers:

    $ sudo usermod -a -G vboxusers $USER

For a demo solution check this video.

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  • Thank you @user3140225 for editing. I will keep the format in mind. I really appreciate it. Means a lot to me. – neopermatrix Oct 15 '19 at 4:39
  • No problem! You can read more about text formatting in this editing guide. – user3140225 Oct 15 '19 at 7:23

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