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I went to virtualbox.org to download VirtualBox, and the download offered for "all distributions" (I have MEPIS 7 and PCLOS Minime 2007) was packaged as .run. I've never seen that before, and MEPIS didn't know what to do with it, as I expected. What should I do?
Last edited by newbiesforever; 09-14-2008 at 06:16 PM.
I would always download the latest version of any software. If you are unsure of what package you can use, you can always get the .tar.gz version. Those come in source and binary formats. Just follow the instructions in the INSTALL.txt or README.txt file.
Thanks, but that's not the problem. There is no MEPIS-specific version available. (I could download the PCLOS version there, but MEPIS is my main distro.) There are Debian, Ubuntu, and FC versions, and a few others. As a Debian-based distro, I am guessing MEPIS could use the Debian download.
I'm using MEPIS 7. My machine has 2 GB RAM, 1.75 remaining. 160 GB hard drive. The processor is an AMD Athlon, but I forgot what the processor speed is.
I checked the permissions. The package was not executable, so I set it to be. Then I did this in a console:
josh@mepis1:~$ su -
root@mepis1:~# sh '/home/josh/Desktop/VirtualBox-2.0.2-36488-Linux_amd64.run'
Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing VirtualBox for Linux installation........
VirtualBox Version 2.0.2 (2008-09-12T13:52:46Z) installer
Detected unsupported x86 environment.
Distribution: Ubuntu, Slackware, Gentoo, Fedora, Red Hat, Puppy Linux
The error message you received would seem to indicate that you have installed the i586 version of Mepis.
at the system prompt and post the result. If you see the i386 or i586 in the line then you have the i86 version not the 64 bit version. While you should be able to run the i86 version of programs on a 64 bit OS you cannot run 64 bit programs on a 32 bit OS.
You should either download the 32 bit (i86) version of VirtualBox or reinstall the 64 bit version of your OS. Just because the processor is a 64 bit processor, you determine which version of the OS you install.
I suggest, make a backup of your home directory. Install the 64 bit version and copy your home back, but maybe your distro sees the existing one and only upgrade it and leave your home directory untouched.
But back it up to be on the safe side instead of the sorry one.
you might consider using Virtual Box in PCLinuxOS minime. Version 1.5.6 can be found with Synaptic and I have installed it on both PCLOS 2007 and minime. the big difference,for me, between version 1.5.6 and 2.0 is the addition if a sata controller for the guest systems.
I just installed Mepis 7 in a virtual box, than downloaded the '.run" file for VirtualBox 2.0.2. When I ran it, as the root user, it told me:
"Please install the build and header files for your current Linux kernel.
The current kernel version is 2.6.22-1-mepis-smp"
I searched the Synaptic Package Manager for "linux-headers" and selected the correct one. In my case it was "linux-headers-2.6.22-1-mepis-smp". When I selected it, the build file was selected also.
After rerunning the '.run' file it completed and VirtualBox is in the main menu under system.
I hope this works for you.
jfxg will note, if he/she reads the manual, that version 2.0.2 will, aside from allowing for sata, also permit 64bit guests. A newcomer to VirtualBox should also note that the module "vboxdrv" should be loaded before the program is run.