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Old 02-19-2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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vurtualbox guest additions


I am trying to set up virtualbox guest additions but there is a problem. I am using gentoo and I emerged the required packages and I received further instructions to add virtualbox-guest-additions to my default run level which I did. However, the initscript does not run successfully.

As seen with:
# /etc/init.d/virtualbox-guest-additions start
(green star) * Starting VirtualBox guest additions ...
(green star) * Loading kernel modules and creating devices
(green star) * Starting the time syncronization system service
(red star) * Failed to start VirtualBox guest additions

What confuses me is the script did not raise an error after it said, "* Loading kernel modules and creating devices." Does that mean that the modules were loaded? Because when I 'lsmod | grep vbox', it shows that the vboxadd and vboxvfs modules were not loaded. Which makes me believe that maybe my problem is then similar to but I don't unstand how the guy fixed his problem.

Please help!
Old 02-21-2009, 06:49 PM   #2
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Distribution: Gentoo, Ubuntu,and sometimes something from billy gates (when Im desperate)
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A while back I tried to install virtual box on gentoo and had all sorts of problems getting the modules to load (even on several machines).
I eventually dropped it for a while until a new kernel upgrade came out then tried again. after that, no trouble, it just worked fine.

The only trouble I had was at first I installed "app-emulation/virtualbox-ose" until I found out there is no usb support with that.
So I un-installed it and went for "app-emulation/virtualbox-bin". Now it works fine. (Although I still have trouble with usb drivers in a XP virtual machine).


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