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Old 10-12-2009, 01:30 PM   #1
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Virtual Box Does Not Link to USB Port


Hi I find that XP runs very well on Virtual Box in Mint 5, except for the box size and that it does not link to the USB port for documents and the web cam.

In particular regarding the latter the USB port, can this be fixed?

I used some instructions from similar threads, enabling in settings... It looks similar to the CD drive, but that whether enabled or not seems to work.

It would be great if I can get it going.

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Old 10-12-2009, 07:05 PM   #2
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Hi I find that XP runs very well on Virtual Box in Mint 5, except for the box size and that it does not link to the USB port for documents and the web cam.

In particular regarding the latter the USB port, can this be fixed?

I used some instructions from similar threads, enabling in settings... It looks similar to the CD drive, but that whether enabled or not seems to work.

It would be great if I can get it going.
To enable USB port access in VirtualBox, surprisingly enough you need to ... enable USB port access.

1. Run the VirtualBox configuration program.

2. In the scrolling panel to the right, scroll down to "USB" and click it.

3. Click "Enable USB Controller."

4. Done.

By the way, this is clearly set out in the VirtualBox documentation.
 
Old 10-13-2009, 01:25 AM   #3
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Hi I find that XP runs very well on Virtual Box in Mint 5, except for the box size
What's the problem with the box (window?) size and which version of VirtualBox are you using?
 
Old 10-14-2009, 04:17 PM   #4
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Hi, I got the virtual machine bigger by increasing the resolution via a right click on the start up screen.

I tried enabling USB access several times, two boxes checked... then adding devices... still no success.
 
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Hi, I got the virtual machine bigger by increasing the resolution via a right click on the start up screen.

I tried enabling USB access several times, two boxes checked... then adding devices... still no success.
What ... happened? What were the symptoms? What physical evidence did you gather that leads you to the conclusion that something is wrong?

If you house was on fire, would you call 911 and yell "HELP" into the phone over and over, or would you provide a few bits of additional information? Quick, think -- your porch is melting.

In order for VirtualBox to capture your USB devices, it must be running before you plug them in. Otherwise the usual Linux drivers capture them. So run VirtualBox first, then connect the USB devices. And monitor the VirtualBox log while you plug them in -- see what happens.

This is why we need more information. The problem lies in how you are trying to solve the problem, and you are not telling us that.
 
Old 10-14-2009, 04:55 PM   #6
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As catkin asked: which version of VirtualBox are you running? Only the PUEL (non-OSE) version supports USB.
 
Old 10-15-2009, 09:22 AM   #7
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Hi I got virtual box 3.0.8 for linux hosts. It must be the wrong one for me, even after applying the USN sticj, after it boots up, no results.

I use the above virtual box, in Mint 5 Elyssa, on a Pentium 4. I downloaded it successfully, and installed XP, it went very well, playing music... I didn't hear it play before, and it went better in Linux, and went better after install, except for the lack of USB use. That is, it detected it, by name, but it was in grey, and it could not be opted for. USB options then the stick name "LG"... not in bold, in faded grey. Not receptive.

Firstly before start in virtual box, settings, USB, crossed in. I selected various options from one cross to four down the list, with a USB name in one.

Guest additions set up, does that alter things as need be?

To save disk space, can I delete the whole virual box and go for the PUEL version? The next thing I'll do is look for it.

Actually, I need become a member in my own computer of the vbox users group. I just checked the manual, and recall seeing it on youtube. My computer only has one user but I need now look to altering the user group info. I hope I do not need to re-install it.

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Old 10-15-2009, 10:37 AM   #8
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Actually, I need become a member in my own computer of the vbox users group. I just checked the manual, and recall seeing it on youtube. My computer only has one user but I need now look to altering the user group info. I hope I do not need to re-install it.
You probably don't need to re-install as long as you have the PUEL version. [Question to VBoxsperts: how can people tell whether they have the PUEL version? Help->About does not make it obvious]

The VBox manual has all the information about how to set up necessary group memberships. What is the output from
Code:
grep usb /etc/fstab
Hopefully that gives something like
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none            /proc/bus/usb  usbfs       devgid=83,devmode=664      0 0
If it does, take the devgid number (83 in the example above) and post the output from (replacing 83 with your own devgid number)
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grep -E '(83)|(vboxusers)' /etc/group
 
Old 10-15-2009, 10:42 AM   #9
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Hi, I just added a user group and ticked root and the name above. I also ticked access boxes in the same section under manage groups, to specifically give access to the USB. Still no luck.

I used the above youtube demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch8X86R6d-g&feature=fvw

I then gave it a last try before sleep, and checked the drives already in the computer in settings, USB, and IT WORKED, thanks.

I added a user in admin user groups, checked root and name user, added checks for various access for both users, then in vbox settings with the USB drives already in I checked the drives detected, in the additional drives, or filters section. On start up in XP, they were there, and I opened a document to check.

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