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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)


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)


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)

Extension pack gui installation

I had to install "gksu" to get rid of "" when trying to install the extension pack from gui. Vvo (talk) 10:57, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. I'll try to reproduce that problem and add the tip to the troubleshooting section. -- wget (talk) 11:57, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

boot loader

I'm new to virtual machines and I was following the guide for installing an arch host on an arch guest. The only way for me to get the bootloader to work in the host was to use syslinux and not grub. With grub the virtual machine just hangs at the boot screen. Maybe interesting to add, if this is a common problem and not just me... This guide uses syslinux and works perfectly: --Demaratus (talk) 12:57, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi Demaratus,
I've just tested my ArchLinux VM with Grub and it is working flawlessly ;-) See the dedicated GRUB article for installation details. The commands I used for a standard BIOS install are:
# pacman -S grub
# grub-install --target=i386-pc --recheck --debug /dev/sda
# grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
Done and working ;-) Btw, I prefer Syslinux too for BIOS based installations. -- wget (talk) 16:50, 11 January 2014 (UTC)