Virtual Box on Ubuntu 16.04

Peter petergoggin at
Fri Feb 3 01:52:22 UTC 2017

On 30/01/17 13:19, compdoc wrote:
> On 01/29/2017 07:01 PM, Peter wrote:
>> I have a fresh install of ubuntu 16.04.  I installed the Virtual box 
>> 5.1.14software from the Otaclke site
> virtualbox is available from the ubuntu repos. Just the command:
> sudo apt install virtualbox
> when the package is installed this way, many things like ownership and 
> permissions and other necessary packages, are installed correctly for 
> you. Including proper integration into your desktop.
> Sometimes the version isnt the newest, (and sometimes it is) but at 
> least its been tested by everyone who uses it.
I did a fresh install of ubuntu 16.04.  I loaded vbox from the 
repository. This is version 5.0.32.
I downloaded and installed the extension pack for 5.0.32. I added the 
user to vbox users.  I loaded my xp virtual machine from backups.  In 
settings it showed the three usb devices that it had used when it last 
ran correctly. (a scanner and two printers). I started the XP virtual 
machine. No usb devices are available. However all of the XP software 
works correctly e.. winbmd, FamilyTree, Scrapbook. However I cannot 
print anything.

All of the instances of virtual box which allow me to use USB devices 
were created when I was running 14.04. I then upgraded the ubuntu 
software to 16.04 and I could still see usb devices in the virtual 
machines. The machine with which I am having problems has only ever had 
16.04 installed. It is a spare machine and has only been brought into 
service to replace a machine with a defective cooling fan.

Any suggestions on how to fix this problem welcome.  The obvious one is 
to fix the fan in the defective box. This does not address the problem 
on how to get VirtualBox working in ubuntu 16.04.  Do other linux 
distributions have the same problems?


Peter Goggin

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