[vbox-dev] Windows guests + WinDbg

IakovK plt at ultersys.ru
Wed Mar 5 13:37:42 GMT 2008

Is there a way to use WinDbg with VirtualBox as it is with VMWare?

I have set up virtual machine with Windows Server 2003 within and serial port 
redirected to pipe:
        <Port IOBase="0x3f8" IRQ="4" enabled="true" hostMode="HostPipe" 
path="\\.\pipe\COM2_pipe" server="true" slot="0"/>
        <Port IOBase="0x2f8" IRQ="3" enabled="false" hostMode="HostDevice" 
path="COM1" slot="1"/>

I start WinDbg with switches:

"C:\Program Files\Debugging Tools for Windows\windbg.exe" -T "Debug 
VirtualBox" -b -v -y SRV*c:\Symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols -
k com:pipe,port=\\.\pipe\VBOX_pipe -c "SQE;BL" 

(through OSR's WinDbgStart).
Result (in Windbg window):

Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.8.0004.0 X86
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Opened \\.\pipe\VBOX_pipe
Waiting to reconnect...

and nothing else.

Virtual machine is starting (right after I have chosen "debug" from boot menu) 
and has black screen.

How to have this work?

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