Opened 16 years ago

Closed 14 years ago

#1995 closed defect (duplicate)

CPU at 100% (migrated XP guest from VMWare)

Reported by: Doug Roberts Owned by:
Component: host support Version: VirtualBox 1.6.4
Keywords: CPU 100% Linux Host Windows Guest Cc:
Guest type: Windows Host type: Linux


The CPU is pegged with my XP Windows guest. The Host is an AMD 64 dual core running Kubuntu 8.04:

root@igor:/home/roberts/linux# uname -a Linux igor 2.6.24-19-generic #1 SMP Fri Jul 11 21:01:46 UTC 2008 x86_64 GNU/Linux

I have tried turning off clipboard and USB -- neither helped.

The virtual disk image is one that was converted to a single disk image from a multiple VMWare disk image set.

Attachments (2)

VBox.log (42.6 KB ) - added by Philippe Roussel 15 years ago.
VBox.2.log (33.6 KB ) - added by Rick 15 years ago.

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Change History (9)

comment:1 by Sander van Leeuwen, 16 years ago

Summary: CPU at 100%CPU at 100% (migrated XP guest from VMWare)

Attach your VBox.log here please.

by Philippe Roussel, 15 years ago

Attachment: VBox.log added

comment:2 by Philippe Roussel, 15 years ago

I have the same problem with virtualbox 2.0.4 on Ubuntu 8.10 (linux 2.6.27-7). I just attached my VBox.log.

comment:3 by Rick, 15 years ago

Same here, Ubuntu 8.10

by Rick, 15 years ago

Attachment: VBox.2.log added

comment:4 by Rick, 15 years ago

solution is posted here:

Download the "HAL Updater"

Change your ACPI PC to "ACPI Uniprocessor PC".

The HAL Updater can be found here (

The problem seems to be that windows finds a quad/dual core, installs the multicore HAL, but virtualbox only allows it to "see" one core, causing an issue.

After reboot I am not seeing the problem anymore.

comment:5 by Philippe Roussel, 15 years ago

Sorry to post again here but the 'Hal Updater' solution doesn't work for me.

First : after switching to Uniprocessor PC, Windows reboot and set Multiprocessor again. Second : I have the same problem on a single core machine (Athlon64 3000 I think)

Both machines run linux 2.6.27

  • Intel T2130, VirtualBox 2.0.6, 32 bits, linux 2.6.27
  • AMD Athlon64, VirtualBox 2.2.0, 32 bits, linux

Any ideas ? I'm going to try with another kernel version.

comment:6 by Sebastian, 15 years ago

I'm not sure whether you can do this with the tool, but there is a difference between "ACPI Uniprocessor" and "Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC". The former one probably reverts to MP when IO-APIC and/or >1 cores are found - or believed to be found - while the latter one is completely unable to do so ...

Maby this helps,

comment:7 by Sander van Leeuwen, 14 years ago

Resolution: duplicate
Status: newclosed

Duplicate of #4392

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