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Old 01-04-2011, 05:34 PM   #1
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VirtualBox and USB flash drive or ISO image


I installed in my Slackware 13.1 with generic kernel 2.6.33.4-smp VirtualBox packages taken from SlackBuilds.org (acpica, virtualbox-ose and virtualbox-kernel). Then for testing purposes I installed in VirtualBox Windows XP using CD-ROM drive connected to USB port. Itís a lot of fun to see Windows as an application in Linux!

Now Iím trying to install in VirtualBox Linux Mint using either USB flash drive prepared with unetbootin or mere ISO image. Without success. It seems VirtualBox 3.2.10 OSE doesnít recognize either USB flash drives or ISO images though it recognizes CD-ROM drive connected to USB port.

I found some advices searching Internet but all of them are useless. I found also the following information:

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USB support is available only in the VirtualBox PUEL (closed-source) edition, not in the OSE edition, so make sure you have the PUEL edition installed.
As I reported above I use OSE edition of VirtualBox. It sees USB CD-ROM but ignores USB flash drive and ISO images.

So Iíd like to ask you: if itís possible to force VirtualBox OSE to read those two types of media?
 
Old 01-05-2011, 06:56 AM   #2
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AFAIK, USB support is not available in OSE edition of VirtualBox, period.

Bur nothing prevents you to add this support, as the source files are licensed under the GNU General Public License, Version 2

PS. And of course you are free to use the PUEL edition as well

As we say in French: "ņ cheval donnť, on ne regarde pas les dents".

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Old 01-05-2011, 06:33 PM   #3
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VirtualBox OSE easily handles ISO images. I just have a directory ~/.VirtualBox/MyISOs that contains the ISO images and use File -> Virtual Media Manager -> CD/DVD Images to access them. For further information look at Virtual Storage -> Virtual Media Manager in UserManual.pdf.
 
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:04 PM   #4
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Didier Spaier,

in Poland we use exactly the same proverb. Since you used it in the context of operating systems and applications I have to claim that Open Source systems and programs are in my opinion much better designed than closed ones. So that “gift horse” is usually much better than the horses one could buy.

But “revenons ŗ nos moutons” as French people say...

SlackBuilds.org offers VirtualBox version 3.2.10 OSE. It doesn’t support USB devices nor ISO files. So I decided to try VirtualBox version 4.0.0. After resolving all new dependencies and preparing the suitable SlackBuild scripts I finally managed to run VirtualBox version 4.0.0 OSE. It seems to offer USB support. For comparison purposes I installed VirtualBox version 4.0.0 PUEL. It seems to offer USB support too. I’m not sure because both these new versions don’t accept Windows XP virtual machine that I prepared yesterday. So I have to prepare a new one. It seems also that both these new versions of VirtualBox require more memory to run virtual machine than version 3.2.10. So I have to buy more memory for my machines.

Thank you for your assistance, Didier Spaier.

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Installing VirtualBox 4.0.0 OSE isn’t easy task. So if someone is interested in the precise recipe I could publish it here.
 
Old 01-05-2011, 07:15 PM   #5
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SlackBuilds.org offers VirtualBox version 3.2.10 OSE. It doesnít support USB devices nor ISO files.
The OSE version *does* support ISO images. That is how I installed Slackware and a couple other Linux distros in Virtualbox.
 
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:35 PM   #6
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In my case menu File | Virtual Media Manager | CD/DVD Images shows nothing but when I start First Run Wizard it allows me to select an ISO image. So that problem is solved. That feature didn’t work with 3.2.10 OSE but it works with 4.0.0 PUEL – later I’ll try it with 4.0.0 OSE. At the moment I have a mess in the system caused by consecutive installing and removing of the packages.
 
Old 01-05-2011, 08:38 PM   #7
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larryhaja,

Because of mess in the system I can’t now try it but I’m pretty sure version 3.2.10 didn’t allow to use ISO images while version 4.0.0 allows that.
 
Old 01-05-2011, 09:04 PM   #8
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larryhaja,

You're right and I was wrong. VirtualBox 3.2.10 OSE allows to install the system from ISO image. In a rush I overlooked that.

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Old 01-05-2011, 09:08 PM   #9
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In that stage I can close that thread as solved. Thank you guys for your kind assistance.
 
Old 01-05-2011, 10:01 PM   #10
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After some tests I came back to VirtualBox 3.2.10 OSE. Version 4.0.0 isn’t enough stable from my point of view. It froze my virtual machine during the installation of the system. Apart of that it isn’t capable to use virtual machines made with old VirtualBox and demands much more memory.
 
Old 01-06-2011, 04:31 AM   #11
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After some tests I came back to VirtualBox 3.2.10 OSE. Version 4.0.0 isnít enough stable from my point of view. It froze my virtual machine during the installation of the system. Apart of that it isnít capable to use virtual machines made with old VirtualBox and demands much more memory.
So I'm imagining currently running (in 4.0.0) an XP machine I created 3.2.*?

Adam
 
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So I'm imagining currently running (in 4.0.0) an XP machine I created 3.2.*?

Adam
Yep, same here, all my old machines run without problems with 4.0.0.
 
Old 01-06-2011, 06:31 AM   #13
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Your experience can be different than mine. I created virtual machine with VirtualBox 3.2.10. When I tried to run it with VirtualBox 4.0.0 it froze during startup procedures – apparently because of lack of memory. The only method to stop that machine was to power it off. After that I wasn’t able to run mentioned virtual machine either with VB 3.x or VB 4.x.
 
  


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