2020-01-14 - 6.0.14-133895 on Windows 10 host
- 2019-10-30 - 6.0.14-133895 on Windows 10 host, Debian 10.1.0-amd64-xfce-CD-1 guest.
- 2019-10-18 - 6.0.14-133895 on Windows 10 host, Debian 9.9.0-i386-xfce-CD-1 guest.
- With the guest editions 132072
- The audio driver ICH AC97 had some fiddling done to it, which might help with crackling. It didn't help with un/re-plugging my Yeti.
- 2019-07-19 - 6.0.10-132072 (Qt5.6.2) on Windows 10 host, Debian 9.9.0-i386-xfce-CD-1 guest.
- 2019-06-16 - 6.0.8-130520 (Qt5.6.2) on Windows 10 host, Debian 9.9.0-i386-xfce-CD-1 guest.
- 2019-06-02 - 6.0.8 r130520 (Qt5.6.2) on Windows 10 host, Debian 9.9.0-i386-xfce-CD-1 guest.
- 2019-05-14 - Still using Windows Subsystem for Linux in parallel.
- 2019-05-14 - 6.0.6-130049 (Qt5.6.2) on Windows 10, using debian-9.8.0-i386-xfce-CD-1
- 2018-11-25 - Tried QEMU.
- 2018-11-25 - 5.2.22-dfsg-1~bpo9+1 on Devuan_ascii_2.0.0-rc_i386_dvd-1
- 2018-05-05 - Project killed
- 2016-03-23 - 4.3.36_Ubuntu-105129 on Lubuntu 14.04.4 LTS
Earlier (date not recorded) - (version not recorded)
- I used this for ArchiveTeam, and it was automagical.
Much earlier (date not recorded) - (version not recorded)
- I had used this a little bit in the past. I did not take notes.
Before this, I used VMWare
- 1 2020-01-15 - 6.0.16-135674
- 2 2020-01-13 - 6.1.0-135406
- 3 2019-10-30 - 6.0.14-133895
- 4 2019-07-19 - 6.0.10-132072 (Qt5.6.2)
- 5 2019-06-16 - 6.0.8-130520 (Qt5.6.2)
- 6 2019-06-02 - 6.0.8 r130520 (Qt5.6.2)
- 7 2018-11-25 - 5.2.22-dfsg-1~bpo9+1
- 8 2018-05-05
- 9 2016-03-23 - 4.3.36_Ubuntu-105129
- 10 Technical
- 10.1 Audio issues
- 10.1.1 [solved] Hesitant audio in pulseaudio, pitch-shifted with ALSA
- 10.1.2 [unsolved] - VirtualBox enters an endless loop of hiccuping audio
- 10.1.3 General troubleshooting ideas
- 10.1.4 [unsolved] - VLC loses audio sync
- 10.1.5 [solved] - Audio stutters, system freezes
- 10.2 Multi-monitor VirtualBox
- 10.3 Regular user cannot enter/see a shared partition
- 10.4 Cannot detect a USB device
- 10.5 Booting from a USB stick
- 10.6 "Permission denied" when running files on a cdrom
- 10.1 Audio issues
2020-01-15 - 6.0.16-135674 ∞
Everything seems to work as-expected now.
- Strangely, launching my previous installation offered
6.1.0is what's being offered. I'll upgrade to that one day later since that was causing me problems. I'll definitely keep this version for reference though, since it's the last version with a slew of things they're dropping support for.
- Something feels sluggish though.
- The 64bit guest editions CD didn't insert (
Menu > Devices > Insert Guest Editions CD image...), so I couldn't update things. I'm not going to bother troubleshooting because the older stuff works. I actually did go looking and I couldn't even find where to download the CD. The 32bit guest editions CD worked.
Copy-paste between 32bit and 64bit works again.
2020-01-13 - 6.1.0-135406 ∞
- I don't think the workaround will really work, but I haven't tested it.
I had a problem where the audio wouldn't work after I hibernated and work up Windows 10. This appears to have been resolved.
- I was hoping this would be the case since the VirtualBox changelog talked about USB improvements.
A second display does not work correctly.
- I tried and tried, and did every combination of everything I could think of. I changed display modes and settings, I reinstalled the guest stuff and virtualbox itself, and the only thing which worked was reverting back to what I was using earlier.
In rolling back, I lost copy-paste functionality between the virtual machines.
2019-10-30 - 6.0.14-133895 ∞
Download VirtualBox guest additions CD ∞
I had to search and fucking search to figure out how to download the motherfucking thing. These fuckers need to get their act together, and fix their website and documentation. God motherfucking damn.
2019-07-19 - 6.0.10-132072 (Qt5.6.2) ∞
Call to WHvSetupPartition failed ∞
A workaround: In your
.vbox file locate
<ExtraData> section and add the following line:
<ExtraDataItem name="VBoxInternal/NEM/UseRing0Runloop" value="0"/>
This was likely caused by trying to use Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2, where the following line was done with Windows PowerShell (as administrator):
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName VirtualMachinePlatform
Undo it with:
Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName VirtualMachinePlatform
Then reinstall VirtualBox and reboot again.
2019-06-16 - 6.0.8-130520 (Qt5.6.2) ∞
[solved] - YouTube videos don't play ∞
YouTube videos appear to start, and cache, but don't play. Manually picking a new location on the timeline might play a little bit, but will stop.
2019-07-27 -- It appears the problem is just reproduced when seeking or pausing/unpausing with the mouse. If I press space and cursor back and forth then the video will continue playing correctly. Pressing
k a couple of times seems to work.
I think it's reproduced by pausing the guest, and hibernating the host. I had the below changes but still saw the problem, and when I rebooted the guest and the problem was gone.
- Change the audio driver to
I was also fiddling around with the networking, and had it set to:
- Advanced adapter type
[PCnet-PCI II (Am79C970A)]
-- I don't know if this is different than the default.
[fixed] Guest crashes (kernel panic) on shutdown when shared folders are enabled ∞
Known from bug 18667.
- Installed testbuilds 6.0.9 r131396 (Qt5.6.2).
- Installed Extension Pack 6.0.9-131368
Within the guest, ran
autorun.shfrom Guest Editions 6.0.9-131396
alt+tab between guest and host programs ∞
alt+tab to cycle through all host and guest programs. Once viewing the guest, it will only work in that context. When in the host, it will only see one VirtualBox instance to tab to.
The workaround is to press and release the "host key" and then
alt+tab. For this reason, I reassigned by host key to
control+alt so I can chord
control+alt (release) alt+tab.
(source) File > Preferences > Input > uncheck "Auto Capture Keyboard" will work when only using one program in "seamless mode".
2019-06-02 - 6.0.8 r130520 (Qt5.6.2) ∞
Tried Devuan 2.0 (Ascii) but I couldn't get the guest additions working, so I gave up.
2018-11-25 - 5.2.22-dfsg-1~bpo9+1 ∞
I'm not troubleshooting. I'll try QEMU.
- I found some files and realised that I hadn't touched this project in years. Killing it.
- As of now, Devuan-1.0.0-jessie-i386-DVD does not have an easily-enough installable VirtualBox, so I'm not going to bother with this project.
- I had a virtual machine named
Disgaea, which is likely a reference to Disgaea - Hour of Darkness - (2003 game). It is possibly inaccurately dated 2017-01-11. It has other files but no actual
.vdi, and I have no idea what this is.
I had an 8 GB virtual box
Slackware 32bit, which was likely for testing. It also has a snapshot, which is indicative of that.
2016-03-23 - 4.3.36_Ubuntu-105129 ∞
Tested on Lubuntu.
The "about" screen vanishes when I switch to another window, so something as simple as recording the version is a pain in the ass.
- There is no
vitualbox --versionat the commandline.
- There is no
- Removing a virtual machine is
Ctrl-r, which is dumb.
- Right-clicking and pressing a key to activate that item on the menu moves the cursor there. I am expecting it to activate that item as though I left-clicked on it.
- When removing an item, the default selection is to 'ok' the removal. It should instead be to cancel it. For safety.
- When creating a new virtual machine, and the configuration is set to an invalid location, it should prompt for a new location.
- Preferences is
Ctrl-gand should instead of
- The "available memory" selection for a virtual machine suggests it will use all of that memory. Is it dynamic, like how a dynamically allocated hard drive container could be?
Automatically pauses when I run out of local drive space. This is awesome.
Audio issues ∞
[solved] Hesitant audio in pulseaudio, pitch-shifted with ALSA ∞
It is as though the audio starts and stops, with empty space in between. I can't exactly reproduce this, but it seems regular when the host has been suspended (even though the guest was paused first).
I've also had this pitch-shift audio played by DeaDBeeF.
What worked with DeaDBeeF was:
sudo apt-get purge pulseaudio
- Edit > Preferences
- Output plugin: [ALSA output plugin]
- Output device: [Default Audio Device]
I don't know if disabling 3D acceleration matters.
2019-07-30 - The solution appears to be to disable 3D acceleration.
This may well not be solvable if it's a certain audio format being used with a less-capable audio player, such as some my experiment with
.opus files with VLC 3.0.7 .. I don't know why this would appear as the same problem.
Since PulseAudio is shit, this is the first thing you should address.
At the commandline:
pulseaudio -k, and you may have to do this several times rapidly.
You may or may not have to re-start your audio-playing software. Sometimes stopping and re-starting a track is enough.
Make sure your audio playing software is explicitly set to use pulseaudio, and not "automatic". This was important for me when testing with VLC.
[unsolved] - VirtualBox enters an endless loop of hiccuping audio ∞
Reproduced by unplugging and re-plugging my Blue Yeti Nano.
Set up access to the microphone in the USB device filter. This will remove it from the host and make it exclusive to the guest. This is incredibly stupid though.
Windows 10 appears to lack a feature to ban access to a microphone for an individual program.
There is more documentation on the usbfilter feature, but it seems technical and not interesting.
earlier notes ∞
The solution is to:
right-clickthe speaker icon in the tray
- > open volume mixer
- click the left-most speaker icon
- advanced tab
- default format - change to anything else
- click 'apply'
- it will give a warning, ignore it and continue
- change the default format back to what it was
- click 'apply'
I've had to reboot the VirtualBox guest, but perhaps a simple
pulseaudio -k (several times in a row) will fix issues within VirtualBox.
earlier notes ∞
General troubleshooting ideas ∞
For a program which is having issues, switch its preferred audio to ALSA. This may well be a PulseAudio issue. Remember that PulseAudio was designed to be bad!
- If your program complains, then try another ALSA device option. Audacious complained until I found one that worked.
You can go into your VirtualBox menu with
(host)+homethen devices and disable/enable your audio.
I was able to fix audio without restarting my guest.
[unsolved] - VLC loses audio sync ∞
2019-06-24 - I'm testing with a switch to ALSA.
Over time, when playing a simple video, the audio will drop out of sync. Pausing the video, even quitting vlc, will take a moment for the audio to catch up.
This acts as though the computer is too slow, but that's not true. Disabling deinterlace and other improvements for older computers are not the solution.
I've seen various solutions such as:
- Updating drivers.
Switching to a USB audio device.
This would also make sense:
(all settings) > Video >
- [x] Drop late frames
- [x] Skip frames
[x] Quiet syncro
However, what was happening has something to do with the host system playing a game while VLC is in the guest playing the video. I'll keep an eye on this problem.
[solved] - Audio stutters, system freezes ∞
This is specifically seen when playing certain games. This is with or without 3D functionality being passed to the guest. I am unable to pass 2D functionality.
In System, disable
This seems to work, but the occasional freeze is solved by my removing and re-plugging my keyboard and mouse (which are connected). I do believe there are issues with USB in general.
The problem seems to have gone away. The only recent major event has been a Windows update.
Multi-monitor VirtualBox ∞
I investigated this when I learned I wasn't able to move seamless mode windows into my other monitor.
Use the logout/shutdown feature within your operating system.
- This is necessary to unlock your ability to change the VM's settings.
- VM Settings > Display - change your monitor count appropriately. For two monitors, I set this to 2.
- Start the VM
At the top of the VM window, in its menu: View > Virtual Screen 2 and enable.
- If it is greyed out, then enter into the operating system and log in.
When you start the VM, you should get two VirtualBox windows. This is the "other virtual monitor" which you should drag over to your actual other monitor.
- The titles of the window will be labelled like
<VM NAME> (Snapshot #) [Running] - Oracle VM VirtualBox: #. You will see them as
- The titles of the window will be labelled like
Now when you enter into seamless mode (
l(ell)) you can move windows into either monitor.
Regular user cannot enter/see a shared partition ∞
\sudo \adduser YOUR_USERNAME vboxsf
- log out
log back in
You may need to do:
\sudo \usermod -a -G vboxsf user
Cannot detect a USB device ∞
I couldn't see a USB stick I had installed.
2016-03-23 - on Lubuntu
\sudo \adduser YOUR_USERNAME vboxusers
- log out
log back in
Booting from a USB stick ∞
2016-03-24 - Tested and works.
1) Create a virtual disk:
2) Edit your user's permissions:
_user=USERNAME \sudo \usermod -a -G vboxusers $_user \sudo \usermod -a -G disk $_user
You must reboot. Don't just log out, reboot.
4) Edit Virtualbox settings
Add this new
usb.vmdk disk into your list of disks.
5) Boot into it
- Start VirtualBox
- Insert your USB stick into your machine.
- Start up whatever existing linux distribution you have a VirtualBox container for.
- Press F12 at the initial boot scren
Select the drive you connected your
"Permission denied" when running files on a cdrom ∞
/etc/fstab for the
sr0 line. It should look something like this:
/dev/sr0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec 0 0
Note the addition of