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Old 07-13-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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VirtualBox Slackware guest on Win7 host -- folder sharing

Here's the setup:
I have a Win7 laptop with the latest version of VirtualBox installed. It's a dual core proc with ram to spare. So, I installed Slack64-13.1 and it rocks! I'm really impressed that Slack is running at what appears to be native speed, but in virtual machine. Hardware response is normal, WIFI and LAN are both working great for my normal tasks.

So, I downloaded a few much needed patches, and new ISO image for one of my old desktop PCs.

Now, my problem is I can't connect my USB cdwriter to my virtual slackware or share folders in the Win7 install with the virtual slackware.

I read a few of tutorials on the Oracle VBox website, and several of the ones here on LQ, and none of them seem to solve my problems.

Any help be greatly appreciated, and please keep it as elementary as possible.
Old 07-13-2010, 11:03 PM   #2
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Have you read the user guide ?.
It indicates you need the guest additions, and the shared folders must exist on the host (not the guest). Haven't needed to try - I do all my downloads on the Win7 host, and burn from there.
Old 07-15-2010, 08:36 AM   #3
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Yes, I read the user guide!
Yes, GuestAdditions is installed, and the shared folder in on the host.

For clarity I'll reiterate: Slack is the guest OS on a Win7 OEM install. I cannot access the shared folder.

If you had nothing to add other than a snarky comment, why bother posting?
Old 07-15-2010, 12:29 PM   #4
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How are you trying to access the shared folder? In truth, you don't actually need the guest additions for that particular task if you share out the folder using the normal windows file sharing. You can use cifs to mount the remote share on the guest, or perhaps even browse to the folder using 'smb:/' in the dolphin file manager.

As for your USB cdwriter. What happens if you try to connect it to the guest through the devices menu?



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