Fix VirtualBox's Guest Additions in Ubuntu 10.10

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Fix VirtualBox's Guest Additions in Ubuntu 10.10

Postby socratease » 24. Sep 2010, 21:57

If you are new to Virutalbox and Ubuntu like me, you might be frustrated that the display "auto resize" doesn't work on Ubuntu 10.10. Even if you've installed Guest Addition as required, the "Guest Display Auto-resize" function is grey-ed out. I pulled quite a few hairs of mine out over this.

It turns out vbox 3.2.8 Guestion Addition doesn't install 100% on Ubuntun 10.10 beta, but it's very easy to overlook the error message when you are overwhelmed with experience and confusion of running vbox the first time.

The error message is "Warning: unknown version of the X Window System installed. Not installing X Window System drivers". Even more intriguing, the error message, or warning, doesn't show up in /var/log/vboxadd-install.log

Fortunately, good folks from have a fix for it, and they saved the day for me! just thought I should share this as more people are surely trying out ubuntu 10.10 now. ... eerkat-fix

Open terminal and enter the commands bellow:

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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose-guest-x11

After installation is finished, restart your virtualBox machine then
go to System -->Preferences -->Monitors and change the resolution of your screen.
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Re: Fix VirtualBox's Guest Additions in Ubuntu 10.10

Postby Sasquatch » 26. Sep 2010, 14:26


There is a specific topic about this here already which describes this problem including the same 'fix' which is not recommended. There is a test build of the Guest Additions available in the bug tracker. Please see viewtopic.php?f=3&t=33645 for more information.

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Online User Manual: A must read if you want to know what we're talking about.
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