Ubuntu Installation :: Upgrades In 10.10 Running In Windows VirtualBox?

Dec 14, 2010

I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 on VirtualBox in Windows. When I try sudo apt-get upgrade I get the following:

WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated libc-dev-bin libc6-dev libc-bin libc6 tzdata libcairo2 libgp11-0 libgcr0 gnome-keyring ubuntu-docs ubuntu-sso-client sysvinit-utils sysv-rc initscripts libdrm2 libdrm-intel1 libdrm-nouveau1 libdrm-radeon1 udev plymouth-label plymouth libplymouth2 libudev0 apparmor libapparmor1 libapparmor-perl


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Ubuntu Installation :: Running A Patch Every Time A Kernel Upgrades?

Jul 13, 2011

This morning I ran the automatic upgrade provided on the repositories, updating my kernel from 2.6.38-8 to 2.6.38-10.Unfortunately, upon reboot I discovered that a series of patches I'd applied in order to get my wireless card on my desktop working had been undone (see I had to run a modified version of the instruction set in order to get my wireless back on.My question: is there a way to trigger this every time the kernel upgrades? I'd hate to have to run this cumbersome set of commands manually every time.

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May 21, 2011

I need to change the screen resolution, but there is no xorg.conf file.. Under system/preferences/screen resolution there is only 800x600 and 640x480 to choose from. I want at least 1024x780.

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Apr 4, 2010

I need to run VirtualBox on my desktop to run a WinXP partition. I set it up and loaded it fine. Now, Windows slows down to an absolute crawl. It doesn't seem to be using a huge amount of memory in the Task Mangler.

The computer itself isn't being bogged down. I can tell that because I go back to the Linux side of things and it's running fine.

I'm left to question if my settings are correct. Can someone help me review things?

I'm using Ubuntu 7 on that machine. It's WinXP Pro that I'm loading on there.

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Nov 20, 2010

How can I get access to my NTFS Partitions in VirtualBox running Windows XP Pro? I saw it somewhere once saying something about setting up shared files but it was confuseing and did not work.

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Aug 9, 2011

We had an old Windows XP server running a Filemaker database on a 2.6 GHz Intel CPU, but that server died. It's been replaced by a box with two 2.4 GHz Xeon CPUs and 5 GB of RAM that's running Ubuntu 11.04 natively, and Windows is running as a VirtualBox guest. 2GB of RAM has been dedicated to the Windows guest.Of course, these old Xeon CPUs don't have the VT-x extensions, so I wouldn't expect to be able to add CPUs to the VirtualBox guest, but the Filemaker database is running at least 2-3x slower than it did on the old server. I would expect that utilizing one 2.4GHz CPU out of four available shouldn't result in such an astounding difference.

I would also like to be able to continue using this setup, since it would also mean we'd be able to remove our Linux server from the rack, which is running on even slower hardware (not that the system requirements are high for its job though).So my question is: Why is this so slow? Is there anything I can do to change the situation? Or should I just give up now and find more suitable hardware?I understand that the "new" machine should be about 1% slower in theory, so please don't tell me this "should" be fine. I need more concrete answers (as in, "I've tried this before and you should do X") since in the real world, it appears to be about 50% slower. I'm about to blame "virtual" CPUs to multithreading on single core processors, and possibly the difference in CPU architecture between Xeon and Pentium 4 CPUs.

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Aug 24, 2010

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Mar 24, 2011

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I then read that the reason that i don't have any sub capability when i'm running XP as guest OS using VirtualBox is that I have a open source version of the program.

So I uninstalled the one I got through software center and downloaded and installed one from VirtualBox website. It installs but does not tell me where to find it in the menu so I don't know how to launch the program. It also doesn't show up as an "installed software" when I search for it in software center.

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May 17, 2010

Should I use XEN or VirtualBox to host linux on windows 7 or windows 7 on linux? Since I've read about the problems of reading/writing NTFS disks with linux usnig the Linux NTFS driver, I thought it would be better to host windows on linux. I think the problem is that you never can be sure if the linux NTFS driver is going to corrupt your disk because Microsoft does not publish the format for linux developers.

By running windows on linux, I could read and write EXT3 from windows. I think there are EXT3 drivers for windows. Then I got to thinking: If I am running Linux on Windows, am I going to be using SAMBA or the linux NTFS driver? I think I'm going to be using SAMBA to read and write the linux partitions -- correct? Are there other considerations when deciding to host linux on windows or windows on linux? I'm going to using both the linux and windows partitions for software development with java/eclipse and various databases including oracle.

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Jun 3, 2011

I have a host ubuntu 11.04 with guest window 7, I have installed ubuntu OSE then install windows 7. Now I want to copy some files to windows 7 running on OSE on windows 7. How do I do this ?

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Feb 11, 2010

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Sep 28, 2010

Background: I'm a 20+ year Mac user, switched four years ago to Linux.I have NO experience with Windows to speak of. Whenever I've gotten a new box, it's either been home-built or a Mac.Now I have a new Acer Aspire AS7551 laptop, and although I have not yet booted into Windows, it comes with a Windows 7 Home Premium license. I've been running it with Ubuntu 10.04 off a flash drive and everything works perfectly.

What I want to do: I want to wipe the disk, install Lucid, and run Windows in Virtualbox (for the sole purpose of watching some Netflix and learning a little bit about Windows 7). For the purpose of this question, please accept that I DO NOT want to dual boot.The problem: From what I can find, I can't use the "recovery discs" that came with my laptop to create a virtual machine. This is confusing, because it seems like I paid for a legitimate Windows license for use with this laptop.


1. Would MS exchange my recovery discs for a regular install disc to go with my license code if I explained this to them?

2. If not, is there a source for Windows ISOs that I can safely use with my license? (I am aware that the legitimacy of that approach is questionable, but I am quite comfortable with the ethics since I paid for Windows 7, own the license, and only want to use it on the same computer.

3.If not,is there any way in heck I can use my recovery disc to create something Virtualbox can work with?

4. If not, how are all of you people getting your Windows virtual machines going??

(I have read that Acer is a major hassle to get a refund from for the "Windows tax" so I might as well be able to use it--this is MS' chance to win over a fan if only they will let me!)

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Jul 22, 2011

I currently run VNC with Gnome to run VirtualBox for my VPS's, but the problem I'm facing is that occasionally, the VNC session will die.

Ubuntu - 11.04 Server Edition.

I mean, randomly just die and then through up an error (specially connection refused 10061). The problem caused by this is that after I reset the VNC session, VirtualBox will have stopped and in turn the VPS's.

Is there any way I could run VirtualBox without being dependent on VNC + Gnome? Or at least, beable to stop VNC is dying on me?

If you require any more information, just ask and I'll reply within 5 minutes.

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Feb 14, 2010

I have three system on Ubuntu 9.10. Two of them are at kernel level and one seems to be stuck at All three have about the same software sources. The only difference I can see is that the .17 system is on Grub2 and the other are Grub1 systems. I have tried updating via Synaptic but nothing can get the one system to get a kernal upgrade.

The .17 system seems to go through updates of packages but no kernel updates.

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Jun 1, 2011

The message showing like 'Can't download the upgrades", While i am upgrading to 11.04.

Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/po...tu5.2_i386.deb 404 Not Found [IP: 80]
Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/po...tu5.2_i386.deb 404 Not Found [IP: 80]
Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/po...ntu5.2_all.deb 404 Not Found [IP: 80]

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Jun 12, 2011

I just installed a fresh copy of 9.04 and everything installed fine, However I cant do any apt-get update or upgrades


I can ping google and [URL]... fine not sure whats going on.

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Jun 5, 2010

Everything works fine; No problems running WinXP from an ISO, etc. I have several Windows only applications which I want to run on the WinXP VM. I cannot see the programs I have downloaded when using Explorer for Windows.Ordinarily, in a WinXP only system, I just find the program to be installed and double click on it to start the automatic installation routine.In this case, I cannot see any of the .exe files used for the install.I have placed those downloaded Windows application in the same directory on my Ubuntu Box as where VirtualBox, the Sun Guest Editions and the CD Image of the Garmin Trip and Map system.I installed the Garmin system directly from and ISO of the CD I made using Brasero. It works without a hitch.Should I take the Windows e.e programs and burn them to a CD and then transfer them as ISO tback to the VM drive?

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Ubuntu :: Running Already Installed Vista Through VirtualBox?

Aug 13, 2010

Is there a way I can run my Windows Vista operating system that is already installed, on a virtual machine while on Ubuntu? I don't want to keep rebooting. The only reason I have my Vista partition is for Maplestory. ( A game that has gameguard which can't run under wine)

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Oct 27, 2010

I wrote up a script to check to see if any VMs are running in VirtualBox, and if there are, it would save the state they are in and then reboot or shutdown the host.Is there a way to make that script run outside of using an alias for "reboot" and "halt" when I run those two commands?Here's the script:

if [[ -n $(VBoxManage -nologo list runningvms) ]]


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Nov 2, 2010

run a Hamachi client in a Windows virtualbox and be able to set it up (using network bridging, maybe?) like Hamachi was running in the host itself.

I'm most definitely not a networking expert, but I thought it would be worth a try to see if anyone had any ideas. Hamachi for linux is outdated and unstable.

Also, if this isn't possible and anyone has another cross-platform zero-config VPN solution as stable as Hamachi

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Apr 1, 2011

I have WindowsXP installed under VirtualBox. Most of the time this works fine, but sometimes when I boot it up, it runs so incredibly slowly that it is unusable. My only solution to this has been to copy out the important data, restore the vdi file from backup and reboot. This usually solves the problem until next time. "top" shows that vbox is taking 35% of the memory (which is the amount I have allocated) and about 102% of my dual core's CPU. Everything else is running OK at the time.

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Dec 29, 2009

I've been trying to get a converted virtual disk running in VirtualBox for the past several days. The VM begins to boot in a window but never gets past a black field. Until today the title bar would always change from "running" to "suspended" and just hang there. Now it just keeps saying "running" but never boots so I'm thinking the virtual disk may have become corrupted from repeated shutdowns without ever booting.

The User Manual at VirtualBox.org is of little help since it appears to assume you're using their packages. They also make references to utilities or scripts like "/etc/init.d/vboxdrv" that aren't even in the latest version so I think it hasn't been updated in a while.

There doesn't appear to be many hints in the Vbox.log either - couldn't find a way to get more verbose logging. Until now I'd get to this point and it wouldn't change until I shut it down:

I'm guessing the reason for the suspension was the message immediately above the notice. Now I just see the "unmapped device" message and the guest window says "running" indefinitely. I've attached copies of logs from a couple of sessions, one where it suspends itself (a vnc session) and another where it just stays running (a console session). Some googling suggested that the "unmapped device" message implies it can't find the boot drive or the boot sector on the virtual disk.

The host is normally accessed through a VNC session to a virtual console but VBox log messages indicate that it cannot determine the keyboard type when accessed this way so I now have to physically sit at the native console. If anyone knows of a way to overcome this limitation I'm all ears.

People don't usually respond to my threads so I'm basically talking to myself outloud here. I'll read it again later an maybe come up with something else to try. For now I'm going to remove all the VBox packages and re-install them, starting from scratch. If that doesn't get it working I'll delete the converted virtual disk and re-convert it from the original. If I still can't get VBox working after that I'll be forced to install VMware Server (resource hog). I'm getting desperate now...

[Background] Until a few weeks ago we were happily using qemu-kvm but encountered a bug when using the "-smb" argument after updating the host from Fedora 9 to 12. (re: F12: qemu-kvm with -smb hangs then dies) In an attempt to get our virtualized MS Windows Server 2003 back up and running I installed VirtualBox-OSE-3.0.10-1.fc12.x86_64 and friends over the Christmas break. I converted the qemu qcow2 image to raw then to vdi format using qemu-img and VBoxManage tools. There were no errors during the install of VirtualBox. In the beginning Bug Buddy notified of a crash whenever we started up VBox but after some digging and experimenting I believe the crashes were caused by running VBox in a VNC session instead of at the console. I haven't seen a crash when starting it in a native console session. Unfortunately, this means I can do very little remotely.

[Host Hardware]

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Oct 18, 2010

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According to the Wiki, X will work on VB 3.2.9, but every time I try to follow the link the URL is not available. Does anybody know how to get this download?

According to the wiki, 3.2.10 will not work with X, but I am not certain if there is a problem with the version I am currently running (3.2.8).

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Apr 2, 2010

I searched. I poured over the man pages. No joy. How can one, with a command-line utility, determine: What, if any, upgrades are available for a specific package? What, if any, upgrades are available for all installed packages?

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Apr 30, 2010

I want to support Ubuntu, and I want Ubuntu to succeed, but..Each of the recent upgrades has been more painful than the last one, and it seems like the same old problems are persisting. In Koala it was the sound cards, and though I've just started my struggles with the newest release, it is very obvious that the server-load problems are still there. Hey, you Ubuntu people don't have to invent BitTorrent technology, you just need to make it the transparent default.

It seems to me that most of the problem is that Ubuntu's economic model is broken. They need more testing for new features, and the model needs to be funded so that the features which are added are tested thoroughly. I suggest that they need a system where we the users put our money where our mouths are, so to speak. We should be allowed to subscribe to a budget for proposed new features, where those budgets included sufficient testing.

Actually, I used to be a professional programmer, but I don't want to program these days, even to help Ubuntu, because I know just how difficult and stressful it is to do program well. However, I'd be willing to put some money out to help improve Ubuntu--but I also want to know just what I'm buying into.

There are various ways this could be done, but here is a link about one version of charity funding I was thinking of a while back. As it applies here, the Ubuntu foundation would act as the charity brokerage, and we would donate by buying charity shares in proposed features (including MORE testing).


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May 9, 2010

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apt-get update and apt-get upgrade show everything is up to date. When I do a do-release-upgrade it tells me that there are no upgrades available.

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Oct 2, 2010

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