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Anybody, any experience with how to use existing vmware virtual machine in virtualbox? I tried, but without success. I'll retry using: and post my findings. -- Drakosha (talk) 08:38, 24 June 2007‎ (UTC)

I'm currently rewriting/restructuring the article and I'm gonna add this information. I'm quite accustomed to use VmWare VMs on VirtualBox. -- wget (talk) 09:10, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

Removal of VBoxClient-all

Why is there no mention of /usr/bin/VBoxClient-all script? It is imporant for getting the final touches for an archlinux guest to work correctly.

vboxusers group

It would be nice if someone explained why you might need to add your user to vboxusers group. I did not add my user to this group and everything worked as expected. --Bhobbit 19:11, 12 April 2010 (EDT)


In section "Synchronise guest date with host" it should be noted that starting vbox-service is also required for the auto mounting feature to work. For example, creating a Shared Folder with the options Make Permanent and Auto-Mount selected will NOT auto mount in /media/sf_<SHARE_NAME> if vbox-service has not been started. --sjroe 19:13, 30 December 2011 (EST)

With systemd, running sudo systemd enable vboxservice.service makes VBoxService run on every install. Or, running VBoxService as root at boot works too. --Meatcar (talk) 17:34, 17 October 2012 (UTC)


I had to modprobe vboxnetflt and add it in /etc/modules-load.d to be able to run the virtualbox GUI application. -- erlhel (talk) 12:21, 25 September 2012 (UTC)


The tool vdfuse (if it works with archlinux) could be suggested in the Mounting .vdi Images section instead of telling that it's impossible. -- Heinrich5991 (talk) 11:01, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

Since you use vdfuse and familiar with it, you can add these info yourself. See Help:Editing and Help:Style for a guide. -- Fengchao (talk) 12:17, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

USB on Win7 Guest

In my experience I have found that USB devices will not be detected/installed correctly on a Windows 7 guest without enabling the USB 2.0 (EHCI) Controller which requires the full blown VirtualBox Extensions available from here: AdmiralAkber (talk) 02:59, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Arch Linux Guests and .xinitrc

The Arch Linux Guests section directs users to create a ~/.xinitrc file if one does not exist. If a user has just setup his system, this will break X. Can we put in a note about that? Benash (talk) 00:13, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

The best thing would be just link to Xinitrc without duplicating information. However the second best thing would be instructing to copy .xinitrc from /etc/skel first. -- Kynikos (talk) 04:07, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

Access to shared folders hangs

I don't see how it's an improvement to remove the actual pacman commands needed to fix this issue. JimRees (talk) 16:35, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

Because your method isn't platform generic. You actually wrote the command to downgrade your kernel for a 32 bits architecture (i686) and assuming the kernel .pkg.tar.xz is still in the directory which might not be the case (if the user cleans his cache for example). If the reader doesn't know how to downgrade a package (or more specifically his kernel), he could read the dedicated article for that. There is no need to put the downgrading instruction here.
Btw, FYI, this problem is now fixed, I asked to port the fix from upstream and the latter has been integrated in the current revision of the virtualbox additions packaged by the ArchLinux TU. I'll remove this section when the next official VirtualBox maintenance version (4.2.20) or the new 4.3 is released. -- wget (talk) 09:00, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
That makes sense. Thanks. JimRees (talk) 00:22, 10 October 2013 (UTC)