Arthur S. Alexion on 30 Dec 2009 06:27:50 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] VBox USB issue

On Wednesday 30 December 2009 08:39:47 Casey Bralla wrote:
> You are probably using the "ose" version of VirtualBox, which does not
>  include  USB support.  The ose version is the fully GPL'd open source
>  system.    In order to get USB support, you have to download the binary
>  version from   They have Debian packages, which I presume
>  will work in Ubuntu.   Their download page shows you how to add the
>  VirtualBox repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.   Once there,
>  Ubuntu can automatically download and install it just like any other
>  package.

On Wednesday 30 December 2009 09:18:14 Andrew Holden wrote:
> From
> USB: if you are having trouble accessing USB devices in a guest, make
> sure that you are a member of the vboxusers system group.
> There are a couple of good step by step help guides to doing that.
> Also, I know we all hate to reboot our Linux boxes but I found that
> after all these changes were made a reboot made Virtualbox show up in
> the application menu and also made the USB devices show non-gray in
> the device list. Yay - I was happy even if uptime was reset to zero...
> Oh, and I just realized that it sounds like you're not even seeing
> your devices grayed out in the device menu, I think that might mean
> you have to set up USB filters in the main Virtualbox application
> (with the VM shut down). I think that's what tells Virtualbox whether
> that particular USB device is available to that VM - otherwise it
> could get confused. You may not need to do that, but it's a
> possibility.
> Hope this all helps,

Thanks to both of you.  This helps very much as I am using the Open Source 
Edition.  One last question, before I destroy everything, is this a smooth 
upgrade in the sense that the closed source install will be able to access my 
existing VMs and not break them?

Art Alexion

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