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    Default Virtualbox disappeared

    I haven't used virtualbox for awhile (now on 11.1) and now that I want to use it, I can't find it. I have a .VirtualBox folder with 2 machines in it, but no app to run them.

    A menu search and a krunner search turn up nothing even though I just used yast to install the ose for my kernel. So, I must be doing something wrong. The repo is at version 1.6.2 (or thereabouts) and virtualbox.org is at 2.2.2 (or thereabouts.)

    Oddly, I find no helpful documentation. Should I install from virtualbox.org? Why did it disappear?
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    Default Re: Virtualbox disappeared

    rpm -qi virtualbox-ose

    result?
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    It says not installed. But I didn't try to install that one. I tried one that matched my kernel virtualbox-ose-kmp-pae.
    Putting that into konsole, I get:

    Name : virtualbox-ose-kmp-pae Relocations: (not relocatable)
    Version : 2.0.6_2.6.27.19_3.2 Vendor: openSUSE
    Release : 2.8.6 Build Date: Wed 25 Feb 2009 02:47:18 PM EST
    Install Date: Wed 13 May 2009 12:06:44 PM EDT Build Host: legaldb2
    Group : System/Emulators/PC Source RPM: virtualbox-ose-2.0.6-2.8.6.src.rpm
    Size : 186708 License: GPL v2 or later
    Signature : RSA/8, Wed 25 Feb 2009 02:49:47 PM EST, Key ID b88b2fd43dbdc284
    Packager : Submitting Bug Reports - openSUSE
    URL : VirtualBox
    Summary : Kernel Module for VirtualBox
    Description :
    This package contains the kernel-module for VirtualBox OSE.
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    Default Re: Virtualbox disappeared

    In Yast


    Did you:
    modprobe vboxdrv

    and add yourself to vboxusers group
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    I have now!

    I didn't install the other vbox apps because I thought only one was needed. I fired up vbox and my two machines were there waiting for me. Thanks!

    Follow up question: how do I access files in my home directory? I need to access some photos while in an XP machine.
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    You can set up Shared folders - one in /home and one in the VM it involves a special VB version of the mount command, and setup via the VB settings for the VM. I can't remember the exact steps, sorry haven't done it for a while, but it is documented in the rather good manual available from Sun's VirtualBox website. It should work for OSE as well. You then place the photos in the /home folder and they should be automatically made available to the VM's shared folder.

    I haven't used it since I got USB support working, but that doesn't help you because the OSE version doesn't support USB in the VM.

    Hope that helps. Best of luck with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prexy View Post
    I have now!

    I didn't install the other vbox apps because I thought only one was needed. I fired up vbox and my two machines were there waiting for me. Thanks!

    Follow up question: how do I access files in my home directory? I need to access some photos while in an XP machine.
    Set the shared folder in the VBox settings
    Fire up XP and go to Windows Explorer
    Do Map Network Drive
    Select letter Z


    You have to type eg: \\vboxsrv\home
    (as you will be using your home folder) In my example it's Downloads
    You only need the Name not the path here. That's the name as in the VBox settings here:
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    Thanks. I have to download that user manual again from virtualbox.org since it seems to have disappeared with the vbox install. Still can't figure out where that went since I have a folder for virtualbox and 2 vm's.

    I am gui oriented by nature. So, I find the screenshots of the folder sharing very useful. Now, I just have to do it!
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    I'm pleased that superior forces turned up for you. The pics are better, I don't use any Windows software, and it looks easier anyway. Cheers.

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