Opened 15 years ago

Closed 15 years ago

Last modified 15 years ago

#5809 closed defect (fixed)

DVD-image not available if attached via command line

Reported by: Jari Turkia Owned by:
Component: DVD Version: VirtualBox 3.1.0
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: Linux Host type: Linux


(This may be related to ticket:5681)

On my guest OS setup I do not have any DVD-images mounted. After starting the VM and using VBoxManage controlvm dvdattach to attach the drive, does not make the image available. On 3.0.x that did work.

I checked this from GUI and using dvdattach from CLI does not make the CD/DVD activity "led" on the bottom of the screen enabled. Mounting the image from GUI enables the "led" and makes the image available for the guest OS.

Change History (5)

comment:1 by Jari Turkia, 15 years ago

Corretion: It seems that DVD-media cannot be controlled form command-line at all.

The defect is present in not-yet-released 3.1.2 also.

comment:2 by Sander van Leeuwen, 15 years ago

Which exact command and options did you try?

comment:3 by Jari Turkia, 15 years ago

For example:

VBoxManage controlvm "<VM name here>" dvdattach none

does not release the DVD-image, nor:

VBoxManage controlvm "<VM name here>" dvdattach /path/to/an/iso/image.iso

does not change currently inserted media.

comment:4 by Sander van Leeuwen, 15 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

These command line parameters are now obsolete. See

You should have received an error though. Will fix that.

comment:5 by Frank Mehnert, 15 years ago

To be more verbose:

Note that the syntax of attaching/detaching a medium to/from a VM has changed. As now we support more than one CD/DVD device, one must specify the exact controller / port / device, see the user manual section 8.15.2. The old commands dvdattach/dvddetach are still there but apparently are broken now (though they don't appear in the help anymore). Do the following:

  1. Excecute VBoxManage showvminfo VM_NAME
    This will show you the name of your storage controller, for instance
    IDE Controller (0, 0): ...
    IDE Controller (1, 0): ...
  2. In the example above, the second device is the CDROM device (secondary master). Use
    VBoxManage storageattach VM_NAME \
      --storagectl "IDE Controller" \
      --port 1 \
      --device 0 \
      --medium IMAGE.iso
    This will mount the file IMAGE.iso to the secondary master.
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