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Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby ReyJavikVI » 1. Aug 2009, 18:11

Sometimes, for no reason, the copy/paste feature of the Guest Additions stops working and a reboot of the VM is needed to fix it. AFAIK, this only happens with copy-paste, not with shared folders.
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby Perryg » 1. Aug 2009, 19:06

What version of VirtualBox are you using?
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby ReyJavikVI » 2. Aug 2009, 02:07

3.0.2, XP host, Xubuntu 9.04 guest.
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby Perryg » 2. Aug 2009, 02:11

Version 3.0.0 had problems with the clipboard is why I asked but that was fixed in the 3.0.2 maintenance release.
What are the settings for the guest and how much RAM do you have in the host?
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby ReyJavikVI » 2. Aug 2009, 16:39

Host: 2GB RAM, AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.41GHz
Guest:
512 MB RAM, 1 processor, VT-x/AMD-V enabled, nested paging disabled
12 MB video memory, 3D disabled, remote display server disabled
2 virtual hard drives, 5 GB each
Network adapter is Intel PRO/1000
1 shared folder, not in use

I'm not sure how much of this matters, so I'll just put everything.
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby Perryg » 2. Aug 2009, 18:22

This all looks fine. I don't see a reason that would cause you to loose the shared clipboard. How often does this happen and how long is the guest running without rebooting? I run several systems 24/7 and the clipboard does not fail like you say yours does.
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby ReyJavikVI » 3. Aug 2009, 18:51

This happens kind of randomly. For example, today the guest worked fine for about 3 hours before the clipboard stopped working. I copied something from the guest and pasted it in the host. I then copied another thing in the guest, but couldn't paste it in the host.
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby baf » 3. Aug 2009, 19:17

Have you reinstalled guest additioons after upgrading virtualbox?
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby Perryg » 3. Aug 2009, 19:23

So when this happens can you still copy and paste within the HOST, while the guest is not working properly? Also can you copy and paste within the guest when the shared clipboard is not working?
How long had the guest been setting idle before you noticed this or was it idle?
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby ReyJavikVI » 3. Aug 2009, 23:29

I can copy/paste inside the guest and inside the host but not between them.

As I said, it wasn't idle. I copied something in the guest and pasted in the host. I switched to the guest and copied something else, but it didn't go to the host's clipboard. When I pasted, I got what I had copied earlier.
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby kidault » 20. Aug 2009, 11:12

I have the same problem
After using it for about 8 hours today,now I can only copy from the guest to host, but not host to guest. And I have often ran into this problem, from 1.x to 3.0.4

Host:
Vista Business sp2
2GB RAM, Intel Core2 2GHz
Virtualbox 3.0.4

Guest:
XP sp2
768 MB RAM, 1 processor, VT-x/AMD-V enabled, nested paging disabled
64 MB video memory, 3D enabled, remote display server disabled
1 virtual hard drives, 10 GB each
Network adapter is PCnet-Fast III, one NAT, one Host-only
3 shared folder, in use
Guest additional is up to date.
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby marco » 21. Aug 2009, 07:30

Occasional and apparently moody failure of the shared clipboard has been always occurring to me too.
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby gst_ » 4. Sep 2009, 16:15

same here, win xp sp3 host, fedora 11 guest

integratinon just stops working silently, and never comes back; restarting the guest services doesn't help

i have a pre-release version of the 3.05 tools (due to an incompatibility with fedora's X11 with 3.04 tools)

thanks
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby gat0rjay » 9. Sep 2009, 22:18

Happens to me too. Mine just never works to start with, actually. 3.0.4r50677

Windows 7 RTM x64 Host
Windows XP SP3 x86 Guest

I first noticed after fresh installs of both Host and Guest and upgrading my VB to the newest version. I tried un/re-installing the guest additions, then I tried un/re-installing the entire virtual machine, then the entire Virtual Box program - starting over from scratch. But I can't get copy/paste to work between Host and Guest at all (however, they do work within the respective environments of each OS). I tried messing with the settings before booting the VM (clipboard sharing as: disabled, host to guest, guest to host, and bidirectional -- none work). Basically, I cannot get bidirectional copy/paste to work. Shared folders works just fine, though.

Anyone figure something out on this yet?
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Re: Copy/paste between guest and host stops working

Postby smeenz » 7. Mar 2010, 22:23

Any ideas, or paths of investiagtion on this one ?

My shared clipboard usually stops working after a few days of the VM running.. sometimes hours, but after a week, it is always broken.

Note that (at least for me), copying from the host to the guest continues to work (but I can't copy from guest to host)

This is highly frustrating, and my only workaround is to use a shared folder and create files in it using notepad, which I can then open on the host and copy into the clipboard that way.

Virtualbox 3.1.2 r56127, on ubuntu 9.04

EDIT: I thought my guest additions were up to date, but weren't quite there.. so have updated and rebooted the guest.. will wait and see if it fails again.

EDIT 2: Yep.. the problem is back again, after leaving the machine overnight and coming back to it in the morning. Symptoms are the same - can copy/paste from host to guest, but not from guest to host.

EDIT 3: Upgraded virtualbox and guest additions to 3.1.4 (v57640), rebooted and seeing the same problem after 2 days.
Last edited by smeenz on 16. Mar 2010, 00:13, edited 2 times in total.
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