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Old 05-31-2008, 03:37 PM   #1
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virtualbox: XP has internet but Vista does not


I'm using virtualbox(latest version) on a ubuntu 8.04 install

I have two virtual machines set up, firstly XP which works fine and can connect to the internet

Secondly Vista, which can't detect any network cards from virtual box.

Both VMs have the exact same settings so is there some reason why the network card information is not being passed thru to vista?

Can someone please advise me on this?

Kind regards
Old 05-31-2008, 03:59 PM   #2
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The driver needed for the virtual network interface created by VirtualBox is not included in Vista by default, but it is in Windows XP. To install the driver, I think you need only install the guest additions, or if it's not part of the guest additions, it's on the CD image that gets mounted when you install the guest additions.

This is covered in greater detail in the user manual:
Originally Posted by UserManual.pdf
4.2.4 Windows Vista networking
Windows Vista no longer ships a driver for the AMD PCnet Ethernet card that
VirtualBox provides to the guest by default. As a result, after installation of Vista in
a virtual machine, there will be no networking initially. As a convenience, VirtualBox
ships with a driver for the AMD PCnet card, which comes with the Windows Guest Additions.
If you install these in a Vista guest, the driver will automatically be installed
as well.
If, for some reason, you would like to install the driver manually, you can find it
on the Guest Additions ISO. To install this driver, mount the Guest Additions ISO (as
described above, select “Install guest additions” from the “Devices” menu). Then, start
the Windows Hardware Wizard and direct it to the Guest Additions CD where a driver
for the PCnet card can be found in the directory AMD_PCnet.
Alternatively, change the Vista guest’s VM settings to use an Intel networking card
instead of the default AMD PCnet card; see chapter 3.7.5, Network settings, page 46
for details.
Old 06-06-2008, 04:30 PM   #3
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Got it working

1 Start up the vista virtual machine
2 along the top, select devices, then select install guest additions
3 agree to what it asks, the additions get installed and vbox restarts
4 start the vista vm again
5 Start > right click my computer > manage
6 right click on the NIC that isnt installed (has a yellow icon) and install from recommended source
7 restart VM again
8 hey presto u have internet via vista+vbox


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