Possibly OT: networking under VirtualBox

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Thu Oct 28 17:02:39 UTC 2010

On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 8:41 AM, Mark <mhullrich at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 2:45 PM, Christopher Chan
> <christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk> wrote:
>> On Thursday, October 28, 2010 02:38 AM, Mark wrote:
>>> 1) It can't see my on-board network, so it can't reach the internet or
>>> even the local (router) network.
> Fixed (works better with bridged networking...).
>>> 2) It keeps finding some base hardware component that it doesn't
>>> identify and can't seem to install.
> Seems like installing the Guest Additions fixed this.
> I wound up having to mount the extra "drives" as shared folders, which
> works nicely.  I never could get my samba and VB to see eye to eye on
> what's where - maybe a holdover from the VMware stuff, which is
> (somehow) still partially visible, but not working.
> BUT:
> Now whenever I open a window, the mouse goes berserk, as if I were
> rapidly clicking the left button all the time.  It maximizes a window
> if I try to move it, scrolls all the way to the bottom of any
> scrolling display like it's stuck, or there's a right-side sticky area
> like on a mousepad.  I can control this to some extent by using only
> the keyboard, but wow.  I tried using the Mouse control panel applet,
> but that has no effect and there's no visible settingin VB that
> explains this.
> Guess I'll have to read up a little more on VB, especially the command
> line interface part.
> Other than that, it works rather nicely.

I /was/ going to say, remove all the hardware devices you can in
Device Manager, then get it to re-detect them all. Once you've done
this & the VM has rebooted a couple of times, install the guest
additions. Don't forget to remove the VMware ones.

But it sounds like you're past that point.

However, the best route would be to wipe & reinstall.

The hardware emulated inside a VM is totally different from one
hypervisor to another. Your copy of XP is /not/ running on the H/W of
the host machine; it is on completely different virtual H/W.
Effectively you're moving XP from one PC to another. This /can/ be
done but it is pretty much always a bad idea & usually causes
problems. If it boots & runs at all, that's a roaring success.

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