Possibly OT: networking under VirtualBox

Preston Hagar prestonh at gmail.com
Wed Oct 27 20:54:25 UTC 2010

On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:38 PM, Mark <mhullrich at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm wondering if anyone else out there has done this more successfully.
> I used to run VMware Server 1.08 under CentOS to run my WinXP guest
> since I rarely need to use Windows at all, but once in a while....
> Since VMware does not seem to like Maverick, I followed suggestions
> here to use VirtualBox, which installed nicely and, with some
> arm-twisting and a little welding, I was able to convert the VMware
> .vmx into the more standard (now) .ovf and the WinXP guest comes up.
> But:
> 1) It can't see my on-board network, so it can't reach the internet or
> even the local (router) network.
> 2) It keeps finding some base hardware component that it doesn't
> identify and can't seem to install.
> Thanks.
> Mark

There are a couple of things I would try.  In your VirtualBox config,
I would select Intel PRO/1000 T Server as the adapter type and choose
Bridged (the virtual interface will get its own IP).  This seems to be
the most reliable, with the best performance in my experience.

Secondly and probably more importantly.  Make sure you install Guest
Additions in your Windows XP VM and then restart the virtual Win XP.
To install Guest Additions, go to Devices->Install Guest Additions in
the Virtual Box window of your Windows XP virtual machine.  It should
mount a "CD drive" and then auto-run the installer.  If you have
auto-run turned off in your XP VM, you may have to go to My Computer
and then double click on the Virtual Box Guest Additions device.

Go through the installer and be sure to click "continue anyway" on any
unsigned drivers.  Reboot the XP and it should then find the network
device that you can then configure as static or DHCP in Windows,
whichever you need.

Hope this helps.


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