Ticket #708 (closed defect: fixed)

Opened 9 years ago

Last modified 9 years ago

Unable to install Linux/Win XP in guest on Vista

Reported by: FrankH Owned by:
Priority: critical Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 1.5.0 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other


Hello, I installed Virtualbox 1.5 on my computer. I could create virtual machines for ubuntu (7.04) and knoppix. Both are running from live-CDs (ISO) fine, I downloaded the latest versions.

But when I try to install both on the virtual harddrive it fails. I checked several things with ubuntu:

  1. starting with automtic creating of drives, this fails with a error message "unable to create swap.."
  2. creating a root and swap with gparted from the live-CD before the

installation, then start installation, it looks fine, but after 34 % (copying files) it stopped, nothing is happening for hours, no progress.

I tried knoppix as well (knoppix-installer) it started an as well but stopped during copying files on the virtual harddisk

Finaly I tried to install Win XP from CD: It booted from CD, installation started, I created a new partition; during formatting, it always stopps with 20 % progress.

For me it does not look like a problem with Linux or XP, more something related to Virtualbox, the Host-System or Hardware. May be it is related to SATA?

I am using the following system: Dell Dimensiom E521 AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ 4 GB RAM Radeon X1300 2 x 320 GB HD (SATA)

Host: Windows Vista Home Premium


knoppix-2007-09-16-12-49-33.log Download (32.6 KB) - added by FrankH 9 years ago.
log file from one of the trails to install knoppix

Change History

Changed 9 years ago by FrankH

log file from one of the trails to install knoppix

comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by FrankH

I identified, why it happens: Only if I am setting the RAM to 2 GB it stops. I tried ubuntu with 1 GB and XP with 512 kB and both is working fine.

comment:2 Changed 9 years ago by frank

I assume that you are using a fixed-size image, right? If so, try a dynamically growing .vdi image. The problem with fixed-sized images is mentioned in #944.

comment:3 Changed 9 years ago by sandervl73

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

Try again with 1.6.0/2 please.

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