VIRTUAL BOX RESOLUTION! (Zorin 9)

Re: VIRTUAL BOX RESOLUTION!

Postby kb5050 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:49 pm

Have began with Windows XP, and it is wonderful, and now I can go and play all those OLD games I had laying around for ages that wont work in Windows 7-8-10 etc.
Everything works great, and perfect but for 1 thing.

Full Screen is cool, but isnt any bigger than the Window mode. However an interesting note. If I INCREASE Windows XP Virtual Screen Resolution the window and or full screen grows larger rather than smaller. This is fine but odd.
However every other aspect is perfection.

The one thing that did seem to fail, is allocating too much RAM. Also 10GB is not going to work out to be able to install a lot of games. As a first time user, I am SURE there is probably a simple way to Increase the size of the virtual hard drive, and/or to add another storage location. That is what I would like to do, to attach another hard drive space to use for the stuff I want/plan to install into windows. Yeah some of it as known from experience will still end up on the Virtual C drive, but I would like to be able to take and use another drive/partition in my system to allow much more things to install. My main use of it after all will be games. I want to keep it online however for any older games that still want internet access.

Hey you can get iso images of almost any OS or you could simply borrow one since updates and validations would probably be a total waste of time depending on how you intend to use it.
I already had an OEM of XP someone gave me so was easy peasy. Well more time to install Windows XP than to install the games onto it.
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Re: VIRTUAL BOX RESOLUTION!

Postby Swarfendor437 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:40 pm

Hi, Can you create a new thread please - this is a 'How-to/Advisory' thread! ;)
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Re: VIRTUAL BOX RESOLUTION!

Postby mojolinux » Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:37 pm

Hey Swarfendor437

I realize I`m replying to a very old POST about Virtual Box NOT working on Zorin 9, but I have recently successfully installed (Zorin provided) Oracle VM Virtual Box (4.3.1.0) on my Zorin 9 installation (host), and now have a fully installed and working Win7 (guest) VM.

I am however having problems with the guest Windows7 VM being able to use any USB drive, or even my Optical drive, both of which still function OK when used in my Zorin 9 (host) install!

I have installed the Oracle "VM Virtual Box Extension Pack" to my Zorin install as instructed by another forum, and am able to check mark the "Enable USB Controller" and the "Enable USB 2.0 (EHCI) Controller" in the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager (when not running Win7), and can boot and run the win7 VM with these two now checked, but I still am unable to use my USB Flash Drive or Optical Drive (inside the Win7 (guest) VM! They both still are allocated(?) to the Zorin (host) installation!

I know this isnt a Virtual Box Forum, but could this have anything to do with your initial statement that Oracle`s Virtual Box will NOT work with Zorin 9?

Thanks for any insight into this matter.
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Re: VIRTUAL BOX RESOLUTION!

Postby Swarfendor437 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:01 am

Hi my statement was not that VB would not work with Zorin - the version that first shipped wtih Zorin would not run correctly, hence this post! I am not in Zorin as I write this but look for promiscuous mode somewhere in the settings - which allows you to talk to hardware from the VM. ;) :D
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Re: VIRTUAL BOX RESOLUTION!

Postby mojolinux » Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:07 pm

Hi Swarfendor437

Thanks for your reply to my Virtual Box question.
I have so far managed to access my Optical drive by adding gnome-system-tools to my Zorin installation.

sudo apt-get install gnome-system-tools

After installation, under the (newly added) gnome system tools, go to Manage Groups / User Settings / Group Settings and add *VBOXUSERS* to the list.
This supposedly should now allow *both* Optical and USB Drives to now be included in the VB. However, I can only use my optical drive and still NOT the USB drive!

(Snip from a different forum post)

The vboxusers will be in the /etc/group file. You edit it with something like nano .

sudo nano /etc/group

Add your user to the vboxusers line, or create one if necessary.

As Takkat has pointed out, to get full USB device support, you'll need to install the full (not the OSE) version of Virtualbox.

The ppa I have for the "official" virtualbox is here:

/etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox-offical-source.list:
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian maverick contrib #VirtualBox Offical Source

*Note the mention of installing the "full (not the OSE) version of Virtualbox" Is this outdated info?

Any further comments are welcomed. Your prompt replies are GREATLY appreciated by this Zorin user!
Also, I am NOT quite clear as to your mention of "promiscuous mode" in your previous reply. Look in Zorin settings??

Thanks again
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Re: VIRTUAL BOX RESOLUTION!

Postby Swarfendor437 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:03 am

If time I will look at your findings tomorrow! Promiscuous mode is something inside of VB program - whether you want the VM to access your machine or vice-versa or both! ;)
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Re: VIRTUAL BOX RESOLUTION!

Postby Swarfendor437 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:13 pm

OK, Sorry, got distracted in respect of looking what you found but here is where you should be looking to access your USB as I have done on this instance with Oz-Diamond BII 64-bit being the Host and MakuluLinux as the VM - unfortunately my Zorin 9 Lite VM did not want to play ball this evening. My USB stick is MultiSystem which I use for carrying portable OS's around (like Unetbootin only better! ;) ) Here I have copied a modified wallpaper of Zorin 10 that was on my stick and placed it in Pictures folder of VM of Makulu Linux and set as Wallpaper in Makulu Linux (except that it wouldn't stick! ;-)

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So basically, to access your USB, make sure that the clipboard and drag'n'drop are bi-directional - so you can say copy wallpapers from an .iso you like in VB to your Harddrive OS! :D

Hope this helps!
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Re: VIRTUAL BOX RESOLUTION!

Postby mojolinux » Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:55 pm

Thanks again Swarfendor437 for your help and time helping me sort things out!

Well I can now personally attest to the fact that Zorin 9 and it`s provided "OSE" (Oracle) Virtual Box version (4.3.10 _Ubuntu r93012) works jut fine together, including accessing Optical Drive and USB Flash Drive when in the Virtual machine!! After days of Googling I finally got my Win7 *Guest* to work with the two ingredients I had missing from having a satisfactory VM along side my Zorin 9 *Host*

I believe the most important thing I did was was to ad the gnome-system- tools and the *CORRECT* VM Virtual Box Extension Pack for Zorin 9`s provided OSE Virtual Box found here: http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualb ... ox-extpack.

After installing above, there is still more fiddlin' to do inside the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager (while the guest is off) to set the Optical and Flash Drives up for when the guest is running.
You must realize that these devices can only run on one system at a time, so they need to be set up to be used in the VM VirtualBox Manager while the host is still up and running and guest shut off.

I found that if I insert my flash drive in host Zorin, then eject it while still inserted, I can then go to the VM VirtualBox Manager and set up the USB tabs for the guest by clicking on the + sign with the proper filter for when the guest is to be started. After guest VM is up and running, I insert (again) the same USB Flash drive as before, which is then ID'd and proper drivers are auto added, and eventually a dialogue box asking what to do with new USB drive pops onto desktop with my folders and files ready to be accessed (finally) on the guest VM !!

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Re: VIRTUAL BOX RESOLUTION!

Postby Swarfendor437 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:02 pm

Great post mojolinux, and thanks for sharing, so 120 blue jewels to you! :D
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Re: VIRTUAL BOX RESOLUTION!

Postby mojolinux » Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:22 pm

Swarfendor 437

Your most welcome!
Glad to be of some help in this matter.
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