Ticket #8048 (new enhancement)

Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

Restless Guest window's preview

Reported by: marcox Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: GUI
Version: VirtualBox 4.0.0 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: Windows


I noticed that the preview gets continuously updated while a VM is running, which can be quite useless and CPU consuming.

I saw the preview can be disabled, but doing so involves loosing the possibility of seeing the last screen of a saved VM in the VirtualBox Manager.

I searched the manual looking for a way to have the preview updated only when closing down a VM, but I did not find anything.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by marcox

No one looked at this ticket? No comments at all? Did I make a... mistake in honestly classifying it as "minor"?

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by frank

No, but you might have noted that there are a few other tickets open as well. Answering to open tickets is done on best-effort basis.

Regarding your proposal: I don't see the point in updating the preview window only when a VM is shut down because the last picture you will probably see is black. If you terminate a VM by saving the VM state then a picture of the current VM screen is saved anyway. Same when taking a snapshot.

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by marcox

I know very well there are many other open tickets and I also know that most of them are more important than this one. That's the reason why I classified it as minor.

I just thought that maybe after two weeks a few feedback words could be expected. I'm not talking about fixing, but just saying "we have seen your ticket, be patient" or even, as in this case "we have seen your ticket and we think it does not deserve attention because...". You did it yesterday (maybe because of my question, maybe not) and I thank you for that.

As to the VM preview, as I usually terminate VMs saving their states I quite like seeing, when the VM is closed, a picture showing it's last working screen, but I don't like having that picture continuously updated WHILE the VM is running. As I did not find a way to achieve that, I wrote this ticket.

By the way, I would find very useful, in the GUI Manager, some graphic indicators showing which VMs are running (for example, red bullets on the right side of the VMs' names) or, at least, a single indicator (maybe near the top command buttons) which gets lighted when one or more VMs are running. When using multiple VMs as I do, often having some of them minimized, I think it would be useful, for example before shutting down the host system, to check at a glance whether all VMs are closed. This is obviously another "minor" issue.

What do you think? Is it worth opening another ticket?

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