VirtualBox

Ticket #5947 (new defect)

Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

Extensive use of os/2 guest damages linux host

Reported by: jimoe Owned by:
Priority: major Component: guest additions
Version: VirtualBox 3.1.2 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: Linux

Description

opensuse v11.1

host linux 2.6.27.39-0.2-default x86_64

guest os/2 v4.52

guest winXP sp3

After protracted use of the os/2 guest, winxp guest, and linux host, strange things start to happen for one user. Mainly the keyboard response in the os/2 guest becomes erratic, particularly the numeric keypad stops working; the NumLock is ignored; os/2 must be powered off to restore keyboard function, not just restarted.

In other cases the keyboard acts erratically for guests and hosts alike. Other times the mouse actions are scrambled. And sometimes both the mouse and keyboard become unresponsive requiring a system restart.

Unfortunately the person who uses the host/guests is reluctant about notifying me about these problems so I do not have much detail.

I am presuming it is the os/2 guest that is causing the problems. Another host uses the winXP guest quite extensively without any of these types of issues. The os/2 user copies and pastes data a lot from the guest to the winxp guest (not directly since that does not work).

I note that no updates have been made to the os/2 guest additions since at least v3.0.2.

See also issue #5552.

Attachments

VBox.log-os2 Download (125.8 KB) - added by jimoe 4 years ago.
vbox-os2-1.log Download (38.1 KB) - added by jimoe 4 years ago.
Log file after system restart.
vbox-os2-2.log Download (42.6 KB) - added by jimoe 4 years ago.
Log file from crashed linux.

Change History

Changed 4 years ago by jimoe

comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by jimoe

I was incorrect regarding the windows-only user. There are keyboard problems there as well. Notably the initial sign of degradation is that the caps lock becomes inverted, i.e., the caps lock must be ON to get lower case letters. Continued use will degrade the keyboard to non-functionality. The degradation affects linux use as well.

The workaround is to shut down windows VM, and log off the linux user. After logging on, the keyboard is restored to normal function.

Further on the os/2 front: The num lock for the keypad becomes inverted. It must be OFF to get numbers from the keypad. Powering down the os/2 VM resolves the problem.

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by jimoe

The problem persists in v3.1.4.

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by jimoe

It just keeps getting better...

Now, instead of partial or erratic keyboard function, VirtualBox completely takes down linux: a complete system freeze. Only a hard reset is possible. No keyboard. No mouse. No activity whatsoever.

Changed 4 years ago by jimoe

Log file after system restart.

Changed 4 years ago by jimoe

Log file from crashed linux.

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by jimoe

The problem persists in v-3.1.6_59338_openSUSE111-1.x86_64.

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