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    Default Virtual Box: Shared folders freezing up

    Hi everyone,

    I have installed VirtualBox and think it's great! It was easy to install, Windows (Win2K) runs very fast and, once I had installed 'Guest Additions' the screen resolution was also great.

    I then went on to add 'shared folders' and for this created a new folder in my SuSE home directory (VBox_share). Then, in VirtualBox, I declared the folder as shared and, from inside the virtual machine, I could mount that directory. Absolutely no problem. Indeed, I was even able to create a test file (a small text file) and save it. However, then the whole thing froze up on me.

    I have tried everything I can think of and have installed the newest version of Virtual Box but I can't seem to celar the problem.

    This is such a shame because VirtualBox would be the perfect way for me to completely give up Windows. But I simply must be able to share folders.

    Any ideas? Any tips? Or any recommendations for good HOWTOs?

    Regards and thanks,
    Alan Searle

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    Default Re: Virtual Box: Shared folders freezing up

    You need to connect the shared folder as a network drive (H:, Z:... whatever) in Windows.
    It is abhorrent the spiritual greed of those that knowing something, do not seek the transfer of such knowledge.

    Miguel de Unamuno - Writer (1864-1936)

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    PeeGee NNTP User

    Default Re: Virtual Box: Shared folders freezing up

    asearle wrote:
    > Hi everyone,
    >
    > I have installed VirtualBox and think it's great! It was easy to
    > install, Windows (Win2K) runs very fast and, once I had installed 'Guest
    > Additions' the screen resolution was also great.
    >
    > I then went on to add 'shared folders' and for this created a new
    > folder in my SuSE home directory (VBox_share). Then, in VirtualBox, I
    > declared the folder as shared and, from inside the virtual machine, I
    > could mount that directory. Absolutely no problem. Indeed, I was even
    > able to create a test file (a small text file) and save it. However,
    > then the whole thing froze up on me.
    >
    > I have tried everything I can think of and have installed the newest
    > version of Virtual Box but I can't seem to celar the problem.
    >
    > This is such a shame because VirtualBox would be the perfect way for me
    > to completely give up Windows. But I simply must be able to share
    > folders.
    >
    > Any ideas? Any tips? Or any recommendations for good HOWTOs?
    >
    > Regards and thanks,
    > Alan Searle
    >
    >

    When you say "the whole thing froze", do you mean VBox stopped running
    and won't restart or ...?

    Are you running the SUSE version?

    Not much help, sorry, but I have three shared folders in XP - my home
    folder, a folder linked to my (soon to remove) dual boot XP plus one
    other. I always access these via "\\VBOXSVR\<share>" under "my network
    places" and not as mapped drives. Even in XP I tended to use that
    mechanism for network access.

    --
    PeeGee

    Asus M2V-MX SE, AMD LE1640, openSuSE 11.0 x86-64/XP Home VBox
    Asus M2NPV-VM, AMD 64X2 3800+, openSuSE 10.3 x86-64/XP Home dual boot
    Asus eeePC 4G (701), Celeron M353, Mandriva 2009.0

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