Ticket #13118 (reopened defect)

Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

Presenting compatible CPU architecture to Mac OS X guest VMs

Reported by: jlg89 Owned by:
Component: other Version: VirtualBox 4.3.12
Keywords: Cc: socratis
Guest type: other Host type: Mac OS X


Running a Mac OS X guest VM on a Mac OS X host may result in the guest VM crashing at startup, due to incompatibilities between the particular kernel etc. in the VM and the actual guest hardware. The forums contain a workaround that appears to be valid, at least in some cases:

Is there a way to add a configuration option to Mac OS X VMs that allows the user to specify the "vintage" of Apple hardware that should be presented to the guest OS? Or perhaps incorporate a known-good "cpuidset" value into each type of base Mac OS X VM configuration?

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Change History

Changed 7 years ago by jlg89

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by jozie

Fully agree a list of known-good cpuidset would be very handy.

Just would like to point out that the problems discussed for 4.3.8 still seem to be present in 4.3.12, see

Hang during boot seems to be not only a frequently discussed problem with older hardware and OS versions, but also with recent Haswell cpu and Mavericks 10.9.2

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by aeichner

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to obsolete

Please reopen if still relevant with a recent VirtualBox release.

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by michael

  • Cc socratis added

Set CC to: socratis

comment:5 Changed 3 years ago by socratis

  • Status changed from closed to reopened
  • Resolution obsolete deleted

Limit case, but still, this needs to be looked at, especially now that the "--cpu-profile" is more mature.

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