Chris Nehren on 13 Jan 2011 08:41:02 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Virtual Box will not recognize my USB printer.

On Thu, 13 Jan 2011 10:49:15 -0500
Steve Slaughter <> wrote:

> Greetings,
> I set up a virtual machine in Virtual Box to run a Windows 7 guest on
> a Ubuntu host.
> My problem is that the guest (Windows 7) will not recognize usb
> devices.  I can print just fine on the host (Ubuntu).
> I installed the VB extension pack which provides support for USB 2.0,
> and I enabled USB controller setting along with the USB 2. 0 setting.
> I also added a new USB filter with all fields set to the values of the
> selected USB device attached to my host PC.
> When I boot up the Windows 7 (guest), the little USB icon in the
> bottom-right-hand panel of the virtual machine window says 0 usb
> devices activated whenever I hover over that with the mouse.
> When I check the Computer directory on the Windows 7 guest, no
> printer icon is shown.
> I searched around the internet for a solution to this problem, but
> couldn't find any resolution.

Are you running VBox 4 as downloaded from You'll need
the extension pack (which, IMO, is where Oracle intends to start
monetizing VBox, but I digress). It's available from their site.

Thanks and best regards,
Chris Nehren
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