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    Default virtual box doesn't work or do anything

    I installed virtual box ose and when I click it, nothing. nothing happens at all.

    a couple of games I got, hexen and quake do the same thing. I wonder if this is all connected in some way.

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    Default Re: virtual box doesn't work or do anything

    Try to open up a Konsole and give the command by its name.
    Guess who or some error messages should appear.
    Linux is a program that starts talking when something goes wrong, but this is only valid when the program starts from a console.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: virtual box doesn't work or do anything

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom2k View Post
    Try to open up a Konsole and give the command by its name.
    Guess who or some error messages should appear.
    Linux is a program that starts talking when something goes wrong, but this is only valid when the program starts from a console.

    Hope this helps.
    sorry, I forgot to preface with the word "noob"

    can you tell me how to "give the command by it's name"?

    thanks.

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    Lightbulb Re: virtual box doesn't work or do anything

    you open a program by:

    1. key combo ALT+F2
    2. type: konsole
    3. type in the konsole-window
    the name of the program you like
    to run (e.g. virtualbox)

    Note 1: if you don't know the app's
    full name type the first characters
    and see how it is completed by
    pressing TAB once or twice.

    Note 2: maybe you have to type:
    VirtualBox. Linux differs between
    lower case and capitals!!!
    Last edited by wovnoeins; 15-Feb-2009 at 12:47. Reason: forgot note 2

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    Default Re: virtual box doesn't work or do anything

    I use gnome. so Konsole is not a valid command, or so it says.

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    Default Re: virtual box doesn't work or do anything

    Start gnome-terminal instead and do what was said before

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    Default Re: virtual box doesn't work or do anything

    The VirtualBox kernel driver (vboxdrv) has to load at boot. Additionally, your user has to be added to the vboxusers group.

    As for your games, if the executable does not have permission to execute, they won't start. I'm assuming you installed your graphics card driver.

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    Default Re: virtual box doesn't work or do anything

    Same thing happened to me. What you need to do is open Super User mode in the terminal.

    go to terminal, type su, hit enter, type root password, hit enter, type VirtualBox, hit enter - and it starts up

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    Default Re: virtual box doesn't work or do anything

    VirtualBox doesn't have to be run as superuser when installed correctly.

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    Default Re: virtual box doesn't work or do anything

    Quote Originally Posted by MrDandrea View Post
    Same thing happened to me. What you need to do is open Super User mode in the terminal.

    go to terminal, type su, hit enter, type root password, hit enter, type VirtualBox, hit enter - and it starts up
    Really, this is not the way to go. Like said above, when installed correctly it will run. Follow the setup guide on the VirtualBox site.

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