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Old 11-06-2019, 08:42 PM   #16
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That may or may not be the case (that the Guest Additions are installed). You may have simply "installed" (made available) the ISO to be mounted as a CD drive.

Best thing to make sure would be to simply run the install from the CD/ISO by right clicking on it and choosing "Open With Autorun Prompt". The installation program will install, reinstall or upgrade, depending on what is or is not already installed.

Also, make sure the Extension Pack is installed on the Windows side (the host).


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Old 11-07-2019, 11:20 AM   #17
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Uh oh, The extension pack, I'm sure I directed the installation path to the Guest side. My impression is, it's only been downloaded; because it says "Open Autorun Prompt" and there's an icon that says "VBoxAdditions.exe"

I would gladly take a picture, but I haven't the foggiest idea how to get the picture from the Linux system to attatch it to this browser running under Windows OS I would use the included Firefox that comes included with LM, but I can't find it anywhere. I don't even have the eqivilant of a Start button, which was there, but since I changed the desktop wallpaper, it's disappeared.

Thanks in advance

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Old 11-07-2019, 12:12 PM   #18
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Pen guin,

Rickkkk's advice is sound.

This is for Linux host and Linux guest. I hope it helps.

Open Devices menu (at the top) in VirtualBox and choose Insert Guest Additions CD image.

When you login you should see the CD image in the background. Open the Terminal Emulator again and run the file.


sudo /media/your_username/Vbox_Gas_6.0.14/
This link should help:

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Typically if guest additions is not installed I see a popup message that states software rendering is being used. Once it is installed the popup messages is not displayed upon power up.

All the standard utilities i.e lspci, inxi etc show the graphics adapter as being the VMware SVGA II device. I don't do anything that really requires 3D graphics so I can not tell if it is or isn't working.

I see the same thing on my Mint VM however if I enable 3D acceleration it appears with my limited understanding that looking at the output from glxinfo rendering is now using SVGA3D instead of LLVM according to the link below although the output does not match exactly. I dont know why the driver manager is showing the VMware SVGA II adapter is not working.

Since your computer runs Windows 10 I will assume it meets all the requirements as stated in the link above.

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Old 11-07-2019, 05:48 PM   #20
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Hi michaelk,

I do keep getting popups about how my drivers aren't installed, like the image I posted a few posts back; but I haven't seen any popup having anything to do with rendering. Interesting side note, I tried to paste from one browser, Windows that had the path, to this one, in Linux, and "Paste" was "greyed out". So given that, I don't think it was installed.

I was running Linux albeit in a Virtual Box, full screen. It may just be me, but it was my experience that running it full screen without the Windows menubar at the top. It turns out, that it also took away with it access to the bottom toolbar, where you have access to all your programs "shortcuts." That is a huge difference from windows. I had the "panel" to be always present, vs. auto hide intelligently.

I tried running the code, it said that that command line - where I replaced "/your_username/" with the username the system knows me by. Other than that, it returned that, that command was "not found". This time I was able to copy your code into the Terminal, and only replaced my user name. So, I know the rest of the text is correct.
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If guest additions was not installed then you might get the driver not installed messages in the upper right corner. The Welcome to Linux Mint dialog box is always displayed unless you deselect the "show this dialog at startup" box in the bottom left.

To install guest additions you also need to install the build-essentials and dkms packages. If those were not installed then you need to reinstall guest additions.

If GA was installed correctly did you enable drag and drop? Its under the Devices pull down menu on the VM menu bar. If VM menu bar is not being displayed you can use the host key + home key to display it.

Its possible your in scaled mode which might cause the VM window box to be in front of the taskbar. You should be able to resize the VM window.


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