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VirtualBox Question

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:03 pm
by Topher
I just installed virtualbox and have added four distros to look at, play with and just try different things. I noticed that the desktop window sizes varied from small to big and one was even variable (it expanded as I dragged the lower right corner). In googling this issue I see that some people said the vb-guest-dkms, vb-guest-utils & vb-guest-x11 needed to be added. I didn't see these in our repository (http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/ wheezy contrib - is enabled). And I didn't see these in the Oracle site either. Do I need these guest additions, do I need to do something else or is it a function of the installed OS?

Re: VirtualBox Question

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:34 pm
by joany
I only have Guest Additions and the Extension Pack installed. Guest window sizes tend to be somewhat problematic for me as well, but they seem to sort themselves out eventually with a lot of fiddling around. Don't expect the guest OS window to fill the VB window until the guest OS is finished booting. You'll find some options under "View" in the VB menu bar. The "Auto-resize Guest Display" option works sometimes. It usually takes a some trial and error and rebooting the OS before the window snaps into the proper size.

I've never heard of vb-guest-dkms, but you're supposed to have dkms installed before installing Guest Additions. Are you sure those other "packages" aren't simply parts of Guest Additions?

Re: VirtualBox Question

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 6:37 pm
by Stevo
Those packages would be part of the open-source version of VB in some other distro's repositories. The Debian version of the packages begin with virtualbox, and have 4.3.18 currently in wheezy-backports.

For the Oracle version, you'll have to build the guest addition modules on the guest manually. One of the distros seems to ship with those modules already, as they are needed for the window to "autosize". It would be nice if MX 15 shipped with the modules, too.

Re: VirtualBox Question

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 6:48 pm
by Topher
You'll find some options under "View" in the VB menu bar.
The options work great. Thanks for the tip.
Boy have I been missing out by not using VB. No more installing to other partitions then having to reboot to try new things out. New toys to play with! :happy:

Re: VirtualBox Question

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 6:53 pm
by joany
@Stevo

I installed VirtualBox from the "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/ wheezy contrib" repository and the vb-guest-dkms, vb-guest-utils & vb-guest-x11 packages are included, but I don't have them installed. Should I?