VirtualBox 5.2.2

VirtualBox 5.2.2 has been released.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve done the installation on my Windows 7 PC at work, macOS High Sierra and Oracle Linux 7 and all worked fine.

For some reason the automatic download of the extension pack failed on all platforms. I just downloaded it manually and installed it and it was OK.

I was hoping this would solve the problem I have with Fedora 27. I can’t complete an install (even with 3D acceleration turned off) on macOS or Windows 7 because I get this.

The new version of VirtualBox reacts the same as the previous one, so back to the drawing board with that. 🙂

The only way I can get Fedora 27 installed is to do it on a OL7 host using the Workstation Live DVD. The live DVD works on the other hosts too, but they won’t complete an install using it, or any other spin…

Everything else is happy though, so we are all good. 🙂



VirtualBox 5.2.0 : My Problems (Solved)

VirtualBox 5.2.0 has recently been released, which you can read about here.

Downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I decided to throw caution to the wind and install it on my Windows 7 PC at work. The installation went fine and an existing Oracle Linux 7.4 VM started and worked OK. When I tried to update the guest additions it failed to build, but the VM was still working without some of the stuff you need the GA for, like video drivers and shared folders etc. Next I tried an existing Fedora 26 VM. It also started fine, but the guest additions failed with the same error. Timo Hann said it was working fine for him on Windows 10, so I figured it was a Windows 7 issue and forgot about it.

I got home and tried on macOS Sierra. Same error. After a bit of Googling I couldn’t find a solution, so I raised a ticket. That was subsequently closed as a duplicate from an issue (#17163) first raised in 5.2 RC1. So far no fix. See Update.

For reference, 5.2 seems to be working fine for me for existing VMs, provided I don’t try to upgrade the guest additions. It does mean I’m pretty screwed for new VMs that require guest additions for shared folders, as I’ve not got guest additions installed on any new VM, on Windows 7 or macOS hosts.

At this point I’m going to try and stick with 5.2, rather than backing it out, and see how it goes. 🙂



Update: There is a revised version of the guest additions (5.2.1) which you can download separately from downloads page. Download that ISO and use that rather than the default guest additions and it solved my issues on my Win7 host. Got to try on my Mac when I get home. Thanks folks! 🙂

Update 2: The 5.2.1 guest additions also solved this problem for me on Oracle Linux 7.4 and macOS Sierra hosts running OL7.4 guests.

VirtualBox 5.1.26

VirtualBox 5.1.26 has been released.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve done an installation on my work PC (Windows 7) and it worked fine. I probably won’t get to do it on macOS Sierra and Oracle Linux hosts until the weekend. Update: Worked fine on macOS Sierra and Oracle Linux 7 hosts too.

I’ve had some odd behaviour from a couple of VMs recently and I can’t tell if it’s a problem with the OS, VirtualBox, me or the combination of the three… I was secretly hoping this release would magically fix the issues, but it didn’t, so I guess I’m going to have to spend some time bottoming them out…



VirtualBox 5.1.20

VirtualBox 5.1.20 has been released!

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

The installation on macOS Sierra and Oracle Linux 6 hosts went well and all seems to be working OK there.

I’m not 100% sure about the Windows 7 host though. The installation itself went fine, as did the installation of guest additions on a Linux VM running inside it. After a restart of the VM I attempted to do a yum update and the VM just seems to have died now. I can’t get more than a couple of commands out of it before it becomes unresponsive and has to be restarted. I think I’m going to have to remove and rebuild it. I don’t know if this was something I did, or something weird with VirtualBox.

That’s on my work PC and I’m not at work this week, so I was doing it over TeamViewer. I probably won’t have time to look at this again until next week. I’d be interested to know if anyone else has issues on Windows.

Happy upgrading.



VirtualBox 5.1.16

VirtualBox 5.1.16 has been released! 🙂

Downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve done the installation on my Windows 7 desktop at work and an Oracle Linux 6 host at home. After my recent catastrophe with my MBP I’m nervous to touch it. 🙂 I’ll update the post once I’m brave enough to do that one.



PS. Just did a 12.2 RAC installation on OL6 using VirtualBox 5.1.16. No errors. 🙂

PPS. It worked on macOS Sierra fine too.