Questions tagged [virtualbox]

VirtualBox is a platform-independent open-source virtualization software available for Linux, OS X, Solaris and Windows hosts. Guest additions need to be installed to automatically adjust the guest screen resolution. USB is supported through a proprietary extension.

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How do I install Guest Additions in a VirtualBox VM?

I've recently installed Ubuntu on Oracle's Virtualbox. Now I want to install the guest additions. I started up my Ubuntu guest OS, clicked "Devices" and chose "Install Guest Additions". Nothing ...
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How to set up USB for Virtualbox?

I'm using Ubuntu Maverick and Virtual Box 3+. I have Windows 7 Ultimate. The problem is that it doesn't detect USB drives in Windows 7, but USB peripherals (mouse + keybord) are working. I followed ...
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How do I install the VirtualBox version from Oracle to install an Extension Pack?

I downloaded VirtualBox OSE from the Ubuntu Software Center but it seems that that version is limited. I prefer to have the complete version and don't really care if it's closed source or not. Can I ...
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How to install Ubuntu on VirtualBox?

I would like to know if anyone can help me with installing Ubuntu on VirtualBox
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Virtualbox Kernel driver not installed [duplicate]

I tried to use my Virtual Box and this is the error I received - (I just updated to the new Ubuntu also) and I am VERY new at this Linux OS. Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) The ...
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How do I enable hardware virtualization technology (VT-x) for use in Virtualbox?

So I am trying to run Ubuntu in a virtualbox but on installing 12.10 from the .iso I was greeted by a warning telling me that audio wouldn't work then I pressed next and this popped up: Failed to ...
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Cannot install Ubuntu in VirtualBox due to “this kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detects an i686 CPU, unable to boot” error

I was trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 in VirtualBox 4.2.12r84980. I see this kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detects an i686 CPU, unable to boot But I am using a 64 bit Windows 8, and ...
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Could not load 'vboxdrv' after upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 (and I want to keep secure boot)

I upgrade from Ubuntu 15.10 to 16.04 and since then VirtualBox 5.0.18 isn't starting my VMs anymore. It complains that 'vboxdrv' isn't loaded. So I try to load it and get the following error: $ sudo ...
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“Protocol error” mounting VirtualBox shared folders in an Ubuntu guest

I have Ubuntu 10 as the guest OS on a Windows 7 machine. I have been trying to setup shares through VirtualBox, but nothing is working. First, I create the share in VirtualBox and point it to a ...
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How do I increase the hard disk size of the virtual machine?

I have run out of space on my WinXP virtual machine, which I only gave 10 GB space for when I created it. Is there an easy way to increase it to, say, 20 GB? I can't see any obvious option in ...
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How do I set up shared folders in a Windows Virtualbox guest?

I have installed VirtualBox OSE on Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows XP pro as the virtual machine. Now I want to have a shared folder which can be accessed on both, my host Ubuntu machine, and my WinXP guest ...
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Wireless Network in Virtualbox

I just installed my first Ubuntu Server (12.04) instance and immediately ran into the following problems: Running apt-get install or update fails (see below) Running ifconfig produces peculiar IP ...
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Screen Resolution Problem with Ubuntu 14.04 and VirtualBox

Environment: Lenovo T530 running Windows 7. Have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a virtual machine using VM Virtual Box. Have installed all the updates from both Virtual Box and Ubuntu. Problem: While in ...
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How to access a shared folder in VirtualBox?

I followed the steps for sharing folders between Windows 7 and Ubuntu in VirtualBox. Despite that the folder appears with a X sign and gives me the following message when a try to open it: The ...
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How to mount a VirtualBox shared folder at startup?

I have Ubuntu installed in Virtualbox. I want to mount my VirtualBox shared folder in Ubuntu automatically when I log in Ubuntu. I put the following line in my ~./bashrc and ~/.bash_profile: sudo ...
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How to install Internet Explorer (multiple versions)?

I am developing one site which has chat feature in Rails. I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I need to check that the site is IE9 because the chat feature using socket io of HTML5. I want to know that how ...
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Install windows 7 through virtual box

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I want to install Windows 7 on my system from a CD through VirtualBox. I searched the detailed tutorials through google but I did not find one that worked. So can some one ...
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virtualbox crash on kernel 4.13.0-26 [closed]

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Virtualbox 5.0.40 ubuntu r 115130 Today after upgrading to kernel 4.13.0-26 guest vbox machines started to crash whole ubuntu. just hard poweroff is working. If I startup with ...
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How to fix 'modprobe vboxdrv' error in virtualBox?

I install virtualBox on Ubuntu 16.04, but after install and create new virtual Host shows this error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is ...
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Graphics horribly corrupted on Ubuntu 16.04 in VirtualBox, showing random strips of pixelated colors

Inside a VirtualBox VM, I have installed myself an Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Server installation. However, when I installed the ubuntu-desktop package and rebooted, this happened: Exact command I used: sudo ...
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Mount a VirtualBox drive image (vdi)?

Is it possible to mount a VirtualBox drive image (.vdi) so the contents can be viewed in Nautilus etc.? I have a windows 2000 .vdi which won't boot ("inaccessible boot device") after upgrading from ...
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How to improve performance of VirtualBox when UNITY_LOW_GFX_MODE is not working?

I set export UNITY_LOW_GFX_MODE=1 in my ~/.xprofile and it no longer has any effect in 13.04. Is there a way to disable all the eye candy? I'm running in VirtualBox and the Unity 3D mode with all the ...
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Why does a Ubuntu guest in VirtualBox run very, very slowly?

I'm using currently Ubuntu 12.04 LTS as a host machine, and I've virtualized three machines: a Xubuntu 12.04 guest a Windows 7 guest a Ubuntu 12.10 guest All the guests have the same VirtualBox ...
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Launch an application in Windows from the Ubuntu desktop

I'd like a write a shell script in Ubuntu that does the following: Boot up a Windows 7 guest OS in Virtualbox, if it isn't running already. Run a shell script in Windows, where the shell script is ...
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Higher screen resolution in VirtualBox?

I've just installed Ubuntu 10.04 into VirtualBox on Windows 7. Unfortunately the only options showing for screen resolution are 640x480 and 800x600 and the monitor is showing as 'Unknown'. How ...
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Can I use virtualbox with a 64 Bit image in a 32 bit host

I have Virtualbox 4.1.20 in Ubuntu 12.04 32 Bit (With PAE) and I want to run Ubuntu Server 64 Bit on the Guest. Is this possible?. I ask since I get the following warning: I want to make sure that ...
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How can I access Apache (on VirtualBox guest) from host?

I installed Apache on an Ubuntu VM. When I go into the guest and load up Firefox I can see that Apache is working fine when I browse to localhost. I would like to access this same page through the ...
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VirtualBox - RTR3InitEx failed with rc=-1912 (rc=-1912)

I have installed VirtualBox Version 5.1.18 r114002 (Qt5.5.1) on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. To virtualize everything (Kali, Windows 10). I encounter the following error: RTR3InitEx failed with rc=-1912 (rc=...
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Wifi card on Ubuntu in VirtualBox, no wireless extensions [duplicate]

I am using VirtualBox to run Ubuntu on an OSX machine. The problem is that I can't get any wireless extensions when running iwconfig. How can I manage to connect Ubuntu to my wifi card?
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Sharing between Host and Guest in Virtualbox

Since Ubuntu 11.10 use a new kernel, it's very difficult to have a decent support for virtualization. VirtualBox doesn't support guest additions for ubuntu 11.10, so I can't copy to and from my ...
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Setting up vhost on VirtualBox with Ubuntu 16.04 [duplicate]

I am pretty new to development and this is why I am stuck at such a "beginners" problem. I want to have a directory under /var/www/mysite with a index.html and access it via web browser on my PC (...
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I am unable to open virtualbox

After the latest Ubuntu updates, I have not been able to open virtualbox, on starting it gives me an error saying the kernel driver is either not loaded or set up properly and that I should reinstall ...
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Resizing Virtual drive [duplicate]

I am running Ubuntu as a guest on an iMac with VirtualBox version 4.1.8. What is the easiest way to resize the virtual drive? Please provide as much detail as possible including the correct format ...
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How to use a real partition with Windows 7 installed, in a virtualbox vm?

My Ubuntu 12.04 is installed on /dev/sda5 and Windows 7 on /dev/sda1. When I am running Ubuntu, I would like to use Virtualbox to run Windows 7 in a VM. The Windows 7 partition is 1 TB and is half ...
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Convert my physical Operating System to a VirtualBox Disk

Is it possible to convert a Physical Ubuntu Install (Intel based PC with Ubuntu 10.10) to a virtual box disk, so that I can use that same environment on a separate pc or can keep it virtual for ...
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How to remove the graphical user interface?

Okay my question is that, I want to run a heavy application, on a Virtual Machine (VirtualBox) with just 2 GB RAM (Windows 7 32Bit Host has 4 GB, 3.5 GB effective). Initially I thought of installing ...
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Skipping acquire of configured file 'contrib/binary-i386/Packages' as repository … doesn't support architecture 'i386'

I installed Ubuntu 18.04 and then while installing Virtualbox i get the 'i386' error message after I did: $ sudo apt-get update Get:1 http://nl.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic InRelease [242 kB] Hit:...
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How to install VirtualBox from command line?

I am a newbie. For some reasons, I need to install Virtualbox. I see that I can easily install it using the Software Center, but I trust most the apt-get install way, because I find it safer, less ...
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How to boot from a USB drive in VirtualBox?

The question is simple and straight forward: How to boot from an USB drive in VirtualBox? EDIT: I have attached usb to VirtualBox as shown in the screenshot. But it is not possible to boot from an ...
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How to share files from Host to Guest in VirtualBox? Host-Ubuntu, Guest-Ubuntu [duplicate]

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 machine on which I have installed VirtualBox with Ubuntu 12.04 as the guest OS. How can I share files between the host and guest? I have installed the guest additions also ...
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Is there a way to make a fullscreen on VirtualBox?

I tried many ways to make a bigger screen in VirtualBox because I do not like the small size of the guest window? Is there is a way to make it big?
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Recover files from a broken Virtualbox machine .vdi

My Ubuntu 12.04.1 running on virtualbox ran out of space while I was installing software on it and now it is not rebooting. I've got files I need to recover from it. I have the ubuntu64.vdi file on my ...
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How do I shrink a dynamically growing VDI disk from VirtualBox?

My dynamically growing virtual disks (VDI) from various Ubuntu installations in Virtual Box are actually steadily "growing" indeed. Deleting of files in the virtual machine does not free the space my ...
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Why are letters overlapping in the terminal?

I installed Oneiric as a guest OS in VirtualBox using the Mini CD. I installed the ubuntu-desktop package and everything seems to work fine - well, except for a font issue with the terminal: As you ...
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Mount VirtualBox SharedFolder in Ubuntu VM on boot

I have a Ubuntu VM running in VirtualBox. I have a Shared Folder set up as myshare I have a folder created in my home directory (~/jamesw) as host. using the line sudo mount -t vboxsf myshare host ...
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Error installing virtualbox-dkms on Ubuntu 20 [duplicate]

Ubuntu 20.04. I installed virtualbox using package; it worked, I created and ran a RM. But then stopped to work after software update. I cannot run the VMs, message says : Kernel driver not installed (...
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How to install VirtualBox to use Windows or other OS?

I want to use Windows 7 or 8 but I don't know to install a software like VirtualBox which we have to do with the use of terminal. I don't want to use Windows as a main OS so I want to use it in ...
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How do I install Ubuntu inside VirtualBox? [duplicate]

I am trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 as a testbed using virtual box . And my Host OS is also Ubuntu 12.04 . Please tell me how to install it using virtual box. The .iso is on my desktop , suggest me ...
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SMBus/ BIOS error while booting Ubuntu in VirtualBox

I am trying to boot Ubuntu 13.04 in VirtualBox, but every time I boot, I get an error that says: SMBus base address uninitialized - upgrade BIOS or use force_addr=0xaddr This happens right after I ...
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How to completely remove virtualbox [duplicate]

I had installed VirtualBox but it started giving me problems. So I uninstalled it using:- sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-\* sudo apt-get purge virtualbox-\* But when I reinstalled VirtualBox it ...

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