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Old 05-19-2010, 09:51 AM   #1
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Virtualbox Running In Mint 9 Install


I am facing troubles installing XP on Virtualbox 3.1

I use a desktop ASUS, Dual Core, 3gig RAM, 500 Gig hard drive. I run Linux Mint 9.

On installing XP in Virtualbox I ran into trouble, I could not get my cursor captured into the XP install. Despite pressing right CTRL. The window would pop up with info on "capture" but the cursor would not move.

I tried again full screen. This seemed to lead to continual re-boots. Perhaps I should have let it re-boot itself, but kept pressing "enter" going round in circles.

Maybe I should get rid of the Virtualbox 3.1 and use 3.2, which I downloaded, but don't know how to replace the old.

Also I gave it 13 gigs.
 
Old 05-19-2010, 10:15 AM   #2
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Better not use full screen while installing the OS.

I doubt that changing to 3.2 would help -- mouse-in-guest has been working for a long time!

As I recall (from the short time between installing XP in a VM and loading VirtualBox GuestAdditions), the host cursor freezes on pressing the Host Key (Right Ctrl by default) and cannot be moved until the Host Key is pressed again. Until then the real mouse controls the guest's pointer. Even if the mouse isn't working in the guest, can't you install XP using the keyboard alone (maybe with some tabbing around and some Alt+<letter>)?

Only other thing I can think of is that, if the host has a USB mouse, you must not attach it to the guest in the "USB device filters" part of the VM definition -- or it will not work in host or guest!
 
Old 05-19-2010, 11:48 AM   #3
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Thanks, how can I get it to now take up the full monitor screen space? It is surrounded by black.

Once before, I got a cursor that would move throughout the VM and actual and could click in both. How can I get that going, and the "force dismount" in "install guest additions" is sticking, non responsive more than half the time.

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Old 05-19-2010, 07:34 PM   #4
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I think you simply change the screen resolution of the vm. Might also have to add in driver for vm's virtual video adapter.
 
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I think you simply change the screen resolution of the vm. Might also have to add in driver for vm's virtual video adapter.
A video driver which supports dynamically changing the screen size is part of the GuestAdditions package.
 
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Thanks, how can I get it to now take up the full monitor screen space? It is surrounded by black.

Once before, I got a cursor that would move throughout the VM and actual and could click in both. How can I get that going, and the "force dismount" in "install guest additions" is sticking, non responsive more than half the time.
HostKey+F. Sorry -- I don't know about "force dismount". Were you able to install Guest Additions?
 
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I would suggest that you consider additions. They may have a security issue that you may not wish to have. If you are running in full screen you could fix it either with guest additions or make the guest screen larger.
 
  


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