Ticket #1958 (closed enhancement: fixed)

Opened 13 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

OSE: Host CD/DVD ROM drive not available in VM Settings

Reported by: jaalto Owned by:
Component: GUI Version: VirtualBox 1.6.2
Keywords: Host, Device, CD-ROM Cc:
Guest type: Windows Host type: Linux



Virtual box VM image Settings > CD/DVD-ROM [x] Host CD/DVD Drive [pulldown menu] does not show any existing Devices to choose from. The menu is empty.


If HAL is not running (see sommands lshal, ps, /etc/init.d/hal start), the Devices are not available.


Add visible indication that HAL cannot be contacted to get device listing. E.g. a small blue colored tooltip text to pulldown menu.


When choosing colors, please use colors that are color-blinded friendly. Avoid green and red which look the same for visually impaired.

Ref: virtualbox-ose: Host CD/DVD ROM drive not available in VM Settings Ref:  Debian bug 495035

Change History

comment:1 Changed 13 years ago by frank

  • Component changed from DVD to GUI

Ok, so the problem was the missing hal daemon. Actually hal is not required but helps a lot to find the correct drive. There are other methods described in the user manual to specify the CDROM drive without hal but you are right, something should indicate that the daemon could not be contacted. Changing the component from DVD to GUI as this is a GUI issue.

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by frank

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

Please reopen if still relevant.

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