Ticket #1464 (closed defect: fixed)

Opened 11 years ago

Last modified 11 years ago

Windows XP guest hangs on boot with network adapter enabled on Ubuntu 8.04 host

Reported by: kc8tbe Owned by:
Component: other Version: VirtualBox 1.6.0
Keywords: ubuntu 8.04 hardy heron xp hang Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: other


I have installed Virtualbox 1.6.0 on an x86_64 Intel machine running Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron as a host. After installing Windows XP Professional (the 32-bit version) as a guest, the guest hangs when it boots up. The guest boots normally and does not hang if the emulated network adapter is disabled.

Both of the PCnet-FAST adapters cause the guest to hang. The Intel network adapter doesn't cause a hang, but that's probably only because I haven't installed Windows XP drivers for it. In fact, if the driver for any network adapter is installed after the guest boots then it works fine, and it won't hang until the guest is rebooted. This bug applies to Virtualbox 1.5.6, 1.6.0, and possibly other versions that I haven't tested. This is not a regression in 1.6.0; it is a new problem that started after I upgraded from Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon to Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron.

There is a workaround:

  1. Install the guest with the network adapter disabled.
  2. Enable the PCnet-FAST III adapter.
  3. Boot the guest.
  4. The guest will automatically install drivers for the interface after it boots up. Now you can use the network normally.
  5. Before you shut down the guest, go into the Windows device manager and uninstall the driver for the network adapter (disabling it isn't good enough).
  6. Return to step 3 when desired.
  7. If you forget to do step 5, disable the network adapter and boot the guest. Make sure the driver has been uninstalled from the device manager, then shut the guest down and return to step 2.

This bug may be related to, or a duplicate of, bug #1460. Others have not reported any problems with the Hardy Heron host, so this bug may be specific to x86_64.

I've attached logs of the PCnet-Fast adapters causing a hang.


Am79C970A.log Download (43.4 KB) - added by kc8tbe 11 years ago.
Am79C973.log Download (43.3 KB) - added by kc8tbe 11 years ago.

Change History

Changed 11 years ago by kc8tbe

Changed 11 years ago by kc8tbe

comment:1 Changed 11 years ago by frank

I think we fixed your issue. If you have access to the SVN and are able to compile VirtualBox yourself your might check the latest SVN revision.

comment:2 Changed 11 years ago by frank

Please make sure that you test r8610 or later from the public SVN.

comment:3 Changed 11 years ago by sandervl73

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