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virtualbox & dual boot

Posted 12-24-2008 at 04:41 AM by lauriej

I've been using Virtualbox successfully for about 6 months, but recently encountered a problem after upgrading to version 2.1 (not the OSE version) and so I'll pass on this info so other newer Linux users like myself don't get caught.
I have a Suse Linux/Windows XP dual boot 64 bit system with Suse as the primary boot & had booted into windows before upgrading Virtualbox in Suse, just to be sure everything was OK before the upgrade.
After ver 2.1 was installed My wife wanted to print out some Christmas cards using Paint shop pro in Virtualbox but she found, not only was the printer missing but also were all her files.
After hours of head scratching & searching I had to reboot into Windows to solve it.
The problem stemmed from the fact that while I was originally in Windows, the system had tried to upgrade itself (a lot of upgrade files as it is not used much) and some of the upgrades required to be done after shutting down windows. These didn't occur because I had Kerio firewall running which somehow stops post shutdown changes if left on. This in turn causes a fault condition as seen by Suse which then won't allow the mounted windows directories to be seen, remounted or used in any way. The printer files were installed on one of the mounted drives so that it was unavailable also.
Once the problem was known it was easily fixed by shutting down the firewall in windows and rebooting.
As my wife gets pretty upset if everything isn't working just right, my next move is to make regular backup copies of my windows XP pro.vdi file in case of emergency and then to delete the windows boot to get a linux only machine with virtualbox and/or Wine for that other stuff.
Apologies if this first post of mine is a bit long winded.
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