I have a virtualbox guest running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. The host is also an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Virtualbox running is version 4.3.10

When I'm running in the guest and click on the shutdown button, nothing happens at all. I can shutdown the guest by doing a shutdown now. Basically trying to send an ACPI shutdown to the guest does not work at all for some reason.

Does anyone know how I can figure out what is going on? I looking in the virtualbox logs for my machine but nothing seems to be written there that could provide some information.

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Did you install the Guest additions? If not, log into the VM to install the following packages:

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-dkms virtualbox-guest-utils virtualbox-guest-x11

Finally restart the VM to complete the installation.

ACPI shutdown should halt the VM now.

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    At first I had the guest additions provided by virtual box directly. I just uninstalled them and then trying doing your command but I get a weird error: The following information may help to resolve the situation: The following packages have unmet dependencies: virtualbox-guest-x11 : Depends: xorg-video-abi-11 Depends: xserver-xorg-core (>= 2: E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
    – Leo
    Commented Apr 8, 2014 at 10:10
  • VM is a desktop or server? Commented Apr 8, 2014 at 10:14
  • The Ubuntu is a desktop
    – Leo
    Commented Apr 8, 2014 at 10:15
  • could you check the point release too with lsb_release -r, 12.04 or 12.04.4 Commented Apr 8, 2014 at 10:19
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    ok, try to first fix the broken package with sudo apt-get -y -f build-dep virtualbox-guest-x11 Commented Apr 8, 2014 at 10:29

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