Unable to install Vista-Sp1-ultim-guest on Win7-host

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Unable to install Vista-Sp1-ultim-guest on Win7-host

Postby vb-boxer » 5. Dec 2012, 09:53

After several attemps (DVD, ISO, new media, SATA, IDE...) it seems to be not possible to install a M$ Windows Vista Sp1 (Ultimate 32 or 64bit) guest on a Windows 7 Prof. 64-bit host!? VirtualBox is v4.2.4, other guests (XP, Win7, Ubuntu) are running without any problems.

Installation stops every time while expanding files (step 2 of setup) at about 85%, pls see attached screenshot.

Any hints about this behaviour?

Thx...
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Re: Unable to install Vista-Sp1-ultim-guest on Win7-host

Postby mpack » 5. Dec 2012, 15:35

Always post a VM log file (as a .zip attachment) when raising issues such as this. The VM log file is called "VBox.log" and can be found in the "Logs" subfolder of the VM folder. Make sure the VM is fully shut down, i.e. so the log file is closed, before collecting the file.
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Re: Unable to install Vista-Sp1-ultim-guest on Win7-host

Postby vb-boxer » 6. Dec 2012, 19:17

Thx for hint, corresponding log file is located http://on.yourweb.de/VBox.zip.

Interpretation seems to be an act for experts... :oops:
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Re: Unable to install Vista-Sp1-ultim-guest on Win7-host

Postby mpack » 6. Dec 2012, 19:30

Ok, the important part seems to be this :-

VBox.log wrote:00:10:36.517864 AsyncCompletion: Task 0x000000d1db4640 completed after 16 seconds
00:10:36.532126 AsyncCompletion: Task 0x000000d1db4600 completed after 16 seconds
00:10:36.551333 AsyncCompletion: Task 0x000000d1db45c0 completed after 16 seconds
00:10:36.568031 AsyncCompletion: Task 0x000000d1db4580 completed after 16 seconds
00:10:36.584701 AsyncCompletion: Task 0x000000d1db4540 completed after 16 seconds
00:10:36.584855 AsyncCompletion: Task 0x000000d1db4500 completed after 16 seconds
00:10:36.601378 AsyncCompletion: Task 0x000000d1db44c0 completed after 17 seconds
00:10:36.618059 AHCI#0: Canceled write at offset 583159808 (4096 bytes left) returned rc=VINF_SUCCESS
00:10:36.618085 AsyncCompletion: Task 0x000000d1db4480 completed after 17 seconds


This is only a fragment of a much longer sequence of those "AsyncCompletion" lines. I assume these are background writes to the virtual hdd, and I assume some problem has caused a long backlog.

First, I would run a full disk check on the host hard drive, since ISTM possible that a filesystem error caused the stall.

Also (and particularly if the above does not help), then you could try turning off the "Use host I/I cache" option in the storage settings.
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Re: Unable to install Vista-Sp1-ultim-guest on Win7-host

Postby vb-boxer » 7. Dec 2012, 09:22

mpack wrote:This is only a fragment of a much longer sequence of those "AsyncCompletion" lines. I assume these are background writes to the virtual hdd, and I assume some problem has caused a long backlog.

First, I would run a full disk check on the host hard drive, since ISTM possible that a filesystem error caused the stall.

Also (and particularly if the above does not help), then you could try turning off the "Use host I/I cache" option in the storage settings.

Ok, i did check host drive, no errors.
New disc allocation for VM: No effect.
Turning off the "Use host I/O cache" option: No effect, log attached.
http://on.yourweb.de/VBox2.zip

Two events are multiple stored in log:
AsyncCompletion: Task 0x000000d2537340 completed after 31 seconds
[...]
AHCI#0: Port 0 reset

Any further hint?
Thx...
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Re: Unable to install Vista-Sp1-ultim-guest on Win7-host

Postby mpack » 7. Dec 2012, 12:04

Nope, if I had any further hints to give I would have mentioned them already. It looks like you'll have to raise a BugTracker ticket for this issue. BugTracker is a separate system, although you can use the same OSSO login you use here. On first login you'll be asked to choose a nickname for that site. It would make sense to use the same nickname as here, if it lets you.
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Re: Unable to install Vista-Sp1-ultim-guest on Win7-host

Postby vb-boxer » 7. Dec 2012, 12:24

I fount a solution für Vista64 Sp1-guest on Win7 64bit-host:

Don't use the SATA controller but the IDE one with ICH6 chipset and no Host I/O-Cache.
This settings let you install Vista64...
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Re: Unable to install Vista-Sp1-ultim-guest on Win7-host

Postby mpack » 7. Dec 2012, 14:51

Well done, I'll try to remember your solution in the future.
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Re: Unable to install Vista-Sp1-ultim-guest on Win7-host

Postby vb-boxer » 9. Dec 2012, 12:51

Same behaviour with Win8prof-64bit guest, see this thread:
https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=44577&start=645#p243000

IDE installation works, SATA not.
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