Feature-test progress

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Feature-test progress

Postby Technologov » 2. Apr 2015, 14:04

5.0.0-BETA2 on Windows hosts: (Intel Core i7)
new features: What works ?
  • [FIXED in BETA2] VM attach/detach /separate - mostly works! (including multi-monitor !; WinXP guest) - but may crash on shutdown (link)
  • SATA HDD hot-add/remove - mostly works. (GUI status bar quirk) (link)
  • Encryption - basics work, with Ext.Pack.
  • Encryption - live snapshots. work. (I need password on restore = good)
  • Encryption - boot from immutable hard disk with 2 VMs. (each VM asked for password on boot = good)
  • [FIXED in RC1] GUI scaling: works with limitations. link
  • GUI: New User Interface settings page for customizing status-bar, menu-bar and guest-content scaling - works !
  • CPU new instructions: AES-NI - works ! (tested via TrueCrypt benchmark in XP guest; 600 MB/s vs 120 MB/s)
  • CPU new instructions: SSE 4.2 - works ! (tested via Stockfish 6 chess benchmark in Win7 x64 guest)
  • [FIXED in BETA2] File Drag-n-Drop (to WinXP guest) - crash! (link)
  • [UNREPRODUCIBLE] Paravirtualization/Hyper-V: Windows 7 Media Player crash (link)
  • Telnet server / TCP socket / serial port forwarding: mostly works (with GUI has reversed meaning), in BETA2

new features: What needs work?
  • [FIXED in BETA3] Encryption GUI: failed to save settings without Ext.Pack (link)
  • [WONTFIX] Encryption with Linked Clones doesn't allow change password (link)
  • [WONTFIX] Encrypted VM export benchmarks terrible link
  • [FIXED in BETA4] Encrypted VM after Full Clone, unbootable (link)
  • [FIXED in BETA4] Encrypted VM Export/Import machine FAILED (link and link)
  • Encryption progress bar is wrong (link)
  • VM detach: --separate can be started twice (link)
  • [FIXED in BETA3] SATA CD-ROM hot-add results in GUI lock-up (link)
  • [FIXED in BETA4] USB hard disks not recognized by Windows 7 guest (link)
  • Drag-n-Drop is blocking (link)
  • Drag-n-Drop: guest->host doesn't work (Linux host) (link)
  • [FIXED in RC1] Drag-n-Drop: VM crash on copy of locked file (link)
  • Ubuntu scaling with 3D acceleration broken (link)
  • [FIXED in RC1] GUI: "Show" button doesn't work for "detachable" VM (link)
  • Drag-n-Drop: Windows <-> Windows status (fail above 200 MB) (link)
  • Drag-n-Drop: KDE4 Linux guests still broken (link)
  • Drag-n-Drop: VM deadlock on network share copy (Win. host) (link)
  • Drag-n-Drop: Linux/GNOME guests (link)

old features: Regressions and plain bugs.
  • === What mostly works? ===
  • Web camera pass-through - works (with Ext.Pack), but limited to single guest (link)
  • basic export/import appliance - works.
  • Video capture: works.
  • network modes: host-only network, NAT, Nat Router (without PF) mostly works, Bridge, Bridge-to-Wifi, UDP tunnel, Internal modes work, and VDE (on Linux).
  • 3D acceleration (WinXP guest, basic OpenGL) - works.
  • [FIXED in BETA2] RHEL4 guest: GA kernel panic (link)
  • [UNREPRODUCIBLE] RHEL5 guest: GA kernel compile error (link)
  • [FIXED in BETA2] Shared Folders change during running VM: lock-up VirtualBox GUI. broken.
  • [FIXED in BETA2] First-time wizard
  • [FIXED in BETA2] SCSI DVD boot failure
  • EFI: installed SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 guest on EFI/ICH9. -works.
  • === Problems in General ===
  • [PARTIAL FIX] VBoxSVC backend lockup on linked clone with floppy (link)
  • [FIXED in RC1?] [Regression] Seamless mode unstable on Windows hosts (link)
  • USB: Win7 VM crash on USB audio device detach (link)
  • NAT router port forwarding has issues (link)
  • users' Video Acceleration / VM boot Issue (link)
  • 2D video acceleration appears broken (link)
  • Ext.Pack cannot be installed on Linux/KDE hosts, due to "kdesu" problem.
  • VMM: Windows 7 x64 host crash for dgmaster.sys (link)
  • Audio issue (AC'97) (link)
  • [FIXED in BETA4] VirtualBox lock-up on snapshot (link)
  • [FIXED in RC1] Paused VM cannot Save state (link)
  • VMM: openSUSE 13.2 boot failed (link)
  • 3D acceleration: Aero flicker on Linux/NVIDIA hosts (link)
  • USB on Solaris 11.2 hosts.
  • Regression: host network connectivity loss when closing VM (link)
  • === Problems with Guest Additions ===
  • [Regression] Seamless mode on Windows 2000 guest broken. Worked with v4.1.6 host+guest. (link)
  • [Regression] 3D: Vista guests broken. Worked with v4.1.6 host+guest. OpenGL fails too.
  • [Regression] 3D: Windows 2000 guests broken. Worked with v4.1.6 host+guest.
  • [FIXED in BETA3] [Regression] Xorg: openSUSE 10.3 + KDE3 (which I need) has dynamic resolution resizing broken. Works with v4.3.26 GA.
  • [Regression] Shared Folder: RHEL4 has auto-mount broken. Worked in v4.1.6 GA.
  • Drag-n-Drop: File DnD failed for all Debian/KDE4 guests in both directions.
  • Drag-n-Drop: All RHEL/GNOME guests work only Host->Guest. Guest->Host doesn't work.
  • 3D acceleration: Aero has problems (here and here)

NOTE: because I have not tested VirtualBox 4.2 and 4.3 series deeply, I must cover their features also. V4.1.6 was last version to get deep tests from me.

Edit: removed the colors and weakened wording as this list is not representative
Last edited by Technologov on 4. Jul 2015, 21:00, edited 9 times in total.
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Re: Feature-test progress

Postby Technologov » 16. Apr 2015, 20:33

UPDATE: users are invited to this topic to say which features they covered.

Which worked, and make a list of what didn't work. The idea is a community effort to reduce duplicate work a bit, and improve test coverage.
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Re: Feature-test progress

Postby Technologov » 15. May 2015, 12:38

UPDATED with BETA3.
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Re: Feature-test progress

Postby GreenReaper » 21. May 2015, 12:49

Bridged mode networking on Windows is still broken here in BETA4, per this topic. I imagine it's not a super-high priority as most can get by with NAT, but I suspect that's less efficient. Nevertheless, if NDIS5 is being taken out (and I didn't even get the option to use it this time), it needs fixing.
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Re: Feature-test progress

Postby michaln » 21. May 2015, 14:36

GreenReaper wrote:Nevertheless, if NDIS5 is being taken out (and I didn't even get the option to use it this time), it needs fixing.

NDIS5 isn't exactly being taken out, but NDIS5 causes problems on Windows 8.x that can't be fixed except by using NDIS6.

There will still be some option to use NDIS5 even on Vista+ but the expectation is that it should be very rarely needed. The problem with host-only networking is going to be fixed before the release.
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Re: Feature-test progress

Postby frank » 22. May 2015, 16:56

michaln wrote:There will still be some option to use NDIS5 even on Vista+ but the expectation is that it should be very rarely needed. The problem with host-only networking is going to be fixed before the release.

See the Beta 4 user manual section 2.1.2:
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Re: Feature-test progress

Postby bqbauer » 25. May 2015, 10:59

USB in Solaris hosts still a longstanding issue. A copy of my other post into this thread (to be clear, any time Solaris is mentioned here, it is as a VB host):

Big issue: USB. USB for VB guests quit working with Solaris 11.2, and even with 11.1 it worked only after Ram built a custom 64-bit only USB module for several of us. As of Solaris 11.2, even that module quit working.

On Beta4, it appears that I can attach a USB3 SATA dock as USB3 (and the client sees it as such), but it gets only USB2 performance. On the host, it clearly has USB3 throughput. Even worse is things like USB wireless adapters, whether USB2 or USB3, and no matter if I've enabled USB2 or 3 support in the guest settings. These adapters quit working for guests of Solaris 11.2 hosts even with Ram's 64-bit USB module, and never with the included vboxusb on the Solaris VB build. It used to be that when attaching a wireless adapter to a guest, the guest would use it merrily. I do this often for testing because I manage an enterprise wireless system, and use this for testing various wireless clients. Now (as of Solaris 11.2 and all current versions of VirtualBox,including Beta4) the adapter is seen by the guest maybe once. It never works, and either locks up the guest or simply disappears from the guest.

And yes, I've updated the extension module and the guest additions in all cases.

Lastly, I find chasing the bouncing toolbar in seamless mode aggravating. I move the mouse over it, it jumps up, and I have to move the mouse again to click the desired menu item. Unfortunately, about half the time the bar then goes back down. It's almost comical trying to pin it down sometimes.
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Re: Feature-test progress (Ubuntu-MATE)

Postby bqbauer » 25. May 2015, 11:35

With an Ubuntu-MATE 15.04 version (this is a relatively new officially supported Ubuntu release with window manager MATE), the additions CD will automount, but not autorun.

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Re: Feature-test progress

Postby frg » 29. May 2015, 11:57

>> [Regression] 3D: Vista guests broken. Worked with v4.1.6 host+guest. OpenGL fails too.

Part of this has been finxed in the lates 4.3 test build so should work in next V5 too:

https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/13358

I still experience graphics corruption and use the 4.2 drivers. Might be related to the other 3D and seamless problems also reported against 5.0

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Re: Feature-test progress

Postby nvoutsin » 1. Jun 2015, 17:16

bqbauer wrote:Big issue: USB. USB for VB guests quit working with Solaris 11.2, and even with 11.1 it worked only after Ram built a custom 64-bit only USB module for several of us. As of Solaris 11.2, even that module quit working.


I wonder if it is even scheduled to get this fixed in VB 5. While I can not estimate the kind of effort this fix would require, if the fault goes to VB, it's worth giving a try as with out it, the Solaris Host scenario, tends to be non practical or even useless.
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Re: Feature-test progress

Postby klaus » 19. Jun 2015, 19:17

nvoutsin wrote:
bqbauer wrote:Big issue: USB. USB for VB guests quit working with Solaris 11.2, and even with 11.1 it worked only after Ram built a custom 64-bit only USB module for several of us. As of Solaris 11.2, even that module quit working.


I wonder if it is even scheduled to get this fixed in VB 5. While I can not estimate the kind of effort this fix would require, if the fault goes to VB, it's worth giving a try as with out it, the Solaris Host scenario, tends to be non practical or even useless.


The USB breakage is most likely not our fault, as we're using Solaris kernel interfaces which have been created specifically for VirtualBox, and shouldn't be changing. Apparently they do...

Besides, I would assume that far more than 99.9% of the Solaris installs are safely locked away in some datacenter, i.e. there won't be ever USB devices attached to them, which means that the "Solaris as a workstation OS" use case is an extremely small number of users. We're not doing anything to sabotage them, but the extremely low number of users (to my very incomplete knowledge no VirtualBox customers with support) means that only an extremely low percentage of the dev resources can be spent on it.
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Re: Feature-test progress

Postby klaus » 25. Jun 2015, 17:33

Technologov, to avoid wasting your time: with RC2 there are still plenty of known issues in the Linux DnD functionality, but OSX should work now (an oversight, wasn't enabled in RC1). Better skip testing this area for Linux, you won't see any relevant change in behavior. The corresponding gigantic fixing effort is effectively finished, but missed the RC2 deadline. We'll create a test build once the code is integrated.
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Re: Feature-test progress

Postby Technologov » 25. Jun 2015, 18:11

Thanks for update.
Then I ask to release RC3, as-soon-as-possible. As I wanna make the big guest-additions matrix test. I will need at least a weekend for tests.
(it can be just few days after RC2)
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