Opened 15 years ago

Closed 14 years ago

#3494 closed defect (fixed)

Audio CDs are not recognized => enable passthrough option

Reported by: Werner Donné Owned by:
Component: audio Version: VirtualBox 3.0.8
Keywords: audio cd Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: other


I have a Mac OS X 10.5.6 host with a Windows XP SP3 guest that has the guest additions installed. When I insert an audio CD it is visible in Windows Explorer, but it is not recognized as an audio CD. It says the format is unknown. There is no copy-protection on any of the CDs I tried. When the Passthrough option is on, which is normally only for writing, the CDs are recognized as audio CDs, but when opening them Explorer hangs. Windows Media Player would then show the album title, but is not able to play the CD.

Change History (22)

comment:1 by Ray Kohler, 15 years ago

I also have this problem. Host is OS X 10.5.6 Intel, guest is Arch Linux 64-bit, and VirtualBox version is 2.1.4. Guest additions are installed and up to date.

When passthrough is off, audio CDs are not accessible by the guest at all. When passthrough is on, apps attempting to read the CD inside the guest become unresponsive.

CDs tested are known to work, do not have copy-protection, and are not in use by the host.

comment:2 by Dan Rollo, 15 years ago

I see the exact same behavior with VBox 2.1.4 on Ubuntu Linux amd64 host w/ WinXP guest (not accessible w/out ATAPI passthrough, accessible w/ ATAPI passthrough but hangs apps). Any workarounds?

comment:3 by botherguy, 15 years ago

I have this problem on Ubuntu 9.04 64bit host and winxp 32bit guest. When I mounted Audio CD with passthrough, which cannot play in itunes and also cannot rip to AAC.

comment:5 by dmaker, 15 years ago

Dang, forgot to add these: host: WinXP SP3, guest: WinXP SP3.

comment:6 by Sander van Leeuwen, 15 years ago

dmaker: the only thing you will achieve with rants like that is that we will ignore you. You have added no valuable information except insults, so I will delete your comment.

comment:7 by dmaker, 15 years ago

Well what do you want? I reported that this is still a problem since there have been no comments for a while. Also I reported NEW INFO, which you TOTALLY ignored; this problem persist in the new 3.0.0 version. Are you trying to sweep this under the rug? Why didn't you amend the version metadata? WHAT ELSE CAN I DO FOR YOU? I can't magically create new info which might make you fix this problem. If you don't want input from users, then fine, I'm off, delete and ignore all you want.. you know, you're a bit ingrateful, you don't want my _FREE_ help, ok, alienate your caring users, that'll do you fine.. or what do you think?

comment:8 by Sander van Leeuwen, 15 years ago

Version: VirtualBox 2.1.4VirtualBox 3.0.0

If you want to complain, then go to the forum and vent your frustrations there. Here this is inappropriate. Stick to the facts and remain civilized.

Many people assume their problems are the most important ones and need to be addressed first. That's obviously not how things work.

We are aware of the problem, but it's hardly a blocker. We'll fix it when we get around to it. If that's not good enough for you, then that's unfortunate. Yelling will not help, so take a deep breath and calm down.

comment:9 by TheOpenSourcerer, 15 years ago

I can confirm this too.

Host: Ubuntu 9.04 with VBox PEUL 3.02. Guest: Windows XP SP3. Apps: iTunes on Windows

Audio CDs are visible in the XP guest with passthrough enabled. But ripping or playing audio CDs does not work.

For my requirements this is a serious issue. Will have to go back to a dual boot scenario until resolved. I am not bothered about being able to play audio CDs in a guest, the key feature is to be able to rip them using iTunes.


comment:10 by Torsten Bronger, 15 years ago

Same for me: I switched back to dual boot, for iTunes.

Sorry for the noise, but this seems to be the only way to subscribe to a ticket.

comment:11 by Wonderer, 15 years ago

Could somebody update the following data:

  • Version -> 3.0.8
  • Host type -> ALL
  • Guest type -> ALL

Maybe the host type change would yield more interest towards this ticket!?

Is this ticket being discussed somewhere? Please post a link to it.

Thank you.

comment:12 by Frank Mehnert, 15 years ago

Guest type: Windowsother
Host type: Mac OS Xother
Version: VirtualBox 3.0.0VirtualBox 3.0.8

Fixing this ticket is low priority, sorry. There are more important bugs around.

comment:13 by Sam Morris, 15 years ago

#5187 is a duplicate of this, it contains the virtualbox log if that's helpful.

comment:14 by Thorsten Anton, 15 years ago

Problem still exists with 3.0.12

comment:15 by Thorsten Anton, 15 years ago

Tag for search: This problem cause SonicStage hanging when trying to access Audio-CD.

comment:16 by Klaus Espenlaub, 15 years ago

Just for the record: the user manual documents in section "Writing CDs and DVDs using the host drive" that the passthrough mode doesn't support audio CDs. There are no plans for changing this in the near future.

comment:17 by Thorsten Anton, 15 years ago

To quote the manual correctly, the section talks about "writing features", this bug concerns reading.

The other way to close this defect is to revise the manual...

comment:18 by Klaus Espenlaub, 15 years ago

That sounds very acceptable to me... will change the docs which go into 3.1.0.

comment:19 by Klaus Espenlaub, 15 years ago

Cc: werner.donne@… removed
Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed
Summary: Audio CDs are not recognizedAudio CDs are not recognized => documented in 3.1.0

Extended the CD/DVD handling documentation a bit, and the missing support for audio/video CDs is clearly documented.

It would be possible to implement audio/video CD support, but the effort is in no reasonable relationship with the impact on regular users. Contributions welcome.

comment:20 by Oliver Rothe, 14 years ago

Here is another person who would be interested in having this capability added. Being able to run Windows applications in a non-Windows host environment is a major use case for VirtualBox. One Windows application which I use heavily is SonicStage (there is no other SW which rips CDs to ATRAC3Plus formats), and it is a pity that I have to reboot my machine every time.

comment:21 by jonny, 14 years ago

Resolution: wontfix
Status: closedreopened

New to VirtualBox and was really happy with it until I discovered this missing bit of operability... I was using VMWare Player for quite a while but was fighting with it regularly to maintain audio output from the guest and it annoys me that it runs 3+ processes in the background regardless of whether the program is runnign or not. sysconfig etc didn't seem to help. I am using multi-media editing software in the guest on my VirtualBox machine and want to be able to access audio CD's and DVD's. Please, can this be added?

in reply to:  19 comment:22 by Brett Thompson, 14 years ago

Replying to klaus:

Extended the CD/DVD handling documentation a bit, and the missing support for audio/video CDs is clearly documented.

It would be possible to implement audio/video CD support, but the effort is in no reasonable relationship with the impact on regular users. Contributions welcome.

While it is documented in the manual in the CD storage section, it is NOT documented in the Known Limitations chapter (Ch 13). Please consider listing this limitation in Chapter 13 as I think it would improve the chances users are not surprised by this issue. Where it is documented know is likely to only be seen when somebody can't get it to work, whereas most comprehensive technology people who are considering using this would likely skim known limitations prior to making a decision to use it for a particular purpose.

Thank you for a great product. I would like to see this functionality fixed as well, but understand there are other issues as well. Better 3D acceleration, 2D acceleration, and multi-virtual-processor IO performance are likely all more important.

comment:23 by Sander van Leeuwen, 14 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: reopenedclosed
Summary: Audio CDs are not recognized => documented in 3.1.0Audio CDs are not recognized => enable passthrough option

Fixed in 3.2.10, but passthrough *must* be enabled.

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