Enable USB Controller for Windows XP on Mac OS X

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Enable USB Controller for Windows XP on Mac OS X

Postby Deg » 12. Dec 2008, 23:09

I currently have VirtualBox running Windows XP on Mac OS X. How do I enable a USB device plugged into my Mac to work in the XP virtual environment? The USB icon underneath the VirtualBox window is currently disabled.

Thanks for the help!
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Same question.....

Postby cmunoz33 » 14. Dec 2008, 01:49

Yes, great question. I've tried, but I can not figure out how to enable the usb (XP), on my macbook.
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Postby Ralli » 14. Dec 2008, 11:33

You have to enable USB in the preferences of the vm.

If you've done so you have to configure a "filter" and to tell this filter that it should be used in the vm.
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Postby LinuxLion » 15. Dec 2008, 23:55

Well it is not working for me neither...

I just installed VB on an leopard host (10.5.4) and then I did set up an virtual machine for ubuntu.

But right befor installation I tried to alter settings again and got this message:


KEIN ZUGRIFF AUF USB SUBSYSTEM (No access to USB subsystem)

Could not load the Host USB Proxy service (VERR_GENERAL_FAILURE).

Fehlercode:
NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x00004005)
Komponente:
Host
Interface:
IHost {489fb370-c227-4d43-9761-ceb28484fd9f}
Callee:
IMachine {1e509de4-d96c-4f44-8b94-860194f710ac}


What should I do now?

Best
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Postby LinuxLion » 9. Feb 2009, 22:13

Edit: Problem solved
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Postby kramer » 12. Feb 2009, 05:51

I figured out how to get USB devices working and can now get my blackberry 8830 to communicate with BB's desktop manager under windows 7. The first time I did this, I backed up my entire BB. Since then, it cuts out after about 10 seconds. I want to upgrade my OS on the phone and you need a PC to do this.
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What's the solution to enabling USB on XP - Leopard host?

Postby Wini » 14. Feb 2009, 03:37

I need to connect a USB device to Windows. Preferences and the USB link are both grayed out on my VM menu. I went to 'help' and typed in USB -- got several live links. BUt when I clicked on one, and then another, I got this message:


The virtual machine does not have a USB controller.


Result Code:
VBOX_E_PDM_ERROR (0x80BB0006)
Component:
Console
Interface:
IConsole {e3c6d4a1-a935-47ca-b16d-f9e9c496e53e}




Any helpful suggestions?
:?:
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Re: Enable USB Controller for Windows XP on Mac OS X

Postby spicaspikes » 4. Mar 2009, 17:18

HI,
Im using macbook 10.5.5, virtual box 2.1.4
I thought i cannot enable the USB but i just did.
All i did was:
I powered off the machine (Windows XP).
Got back to Virtual Box Window, make sure the Windows XP machine is chosen(higlighted).
In Details tab, put the cursor in USB, you'll notice, an acive link is now working, unlike the before.
Clicked it or double clicked, another window popped up.
Look for Ports tab or image, check "Enable USB Controller", check all necessary boxes.
After, click OK.
Then you can see now, under USB, "Device Filters".

So far this is it.
Ill try to explore more.
Hope this could help.

Thanks,
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Re: Enable USB Controller for Windows XP on Mac OS X

Postby Wini » 6. Mar 2009, 05:30

Thanks so much for your help! I guess the trick is to power down Windows before working on these settings. It took a little trial and error after I got to the point you described, but I was able to add my devices from a list of the ones that were connected. Really appreciate your help!
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Re: Enable USB Controller for Windows XP on Mac OS X

Postby cuvtixo » 6. Mar 2009, 19:58

Just thought I'd add that on VirtualBox 2.1.4 on my MacBook, I'm asked to enable USB controller, and Enable USB 2.0 (EHCI) Controller, and under USB Device Filters, in addition to usb flash drive(USB DISK 2.0), there are checkboxes for Micron Built-in iSight, Apple Computer Inc. IR Receiver, Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller and Apple Computer Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad and 4 digit numbers next to each named device.
I skimmed pages 52 and 53 of the User's Manual-- I assume that enabling all of the non-memory USB devices is perfectly OK
(There is a warning on pg. 53: if USB hard disk that is currently mounted on the host, when the guest is activated, it will be dis-
connected from the host without a proper shutdown. This may cause data loss.)
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Re: Enable USB Controller for Windows XP on Mac OS X

Postby MICK2517 » 12. Mar 2009, 22:51

confirming that by ejecting USB stick from mac os x finder it will be activated on virtual box even using windows xp.

But my problem is:
This method works only with USB sticks
Not USB external hard drives
it gives you: "Failed to attach USB device Unknown device 0000:0000 to the virtual machine"
"Callee RC: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x800004005)"



what should I do/ Can anyone help?
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Re: Enable USB Controller for Windows XP on Mac OS X

Postby spicaspikes » 26. Mar 2009, 22:06

Hi MICK2517,
USB hard drives should just work as well.
Try to check this out.
As you open the virtual box software, it brought you to VirtualBOx Window, right?
Click the USB link Under Details Tab.
So, based on your story, i assumed that Enable USB Controller already checked.
Have you seen your USB hard drive under the USB Device Filters panel? If not, click the icon (+),
It will list the available USB device detected.
Check if the your desired hard drive name is present in the list.
If yes, click it and will automatically added to the USB Device Filters, as active.
If no, the usb cant be detected, there is a problem in usb port of the hard drive.
In this case, thy to use, USB hub.

I might not sure of this yet, but we'll never know unless we try.
I hope the first option will work.
Good luck po. =)
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Re: Enable USB Controller for Windows XP on Mac OS X

Postby dking1963 » 31. Mar 2009, 23:20

Spicaspike

OK, here is my problem. I am running VBox 2.14 on a Mac OS MacBook like some of the others. The guest is a Windows 2003 SP2 instance. I have gotten to the point described in the above post where my USB device is specifically listed in the Filtered list (It is an external HD - Maxtor). Also under Devices | USB Devices in the top menu the Maxtor device shows up and is checked. All looks great to this point and the USB Device looks like it is connected, but inside the guest in Windows Explorer or My Computer the USB device is not showing up. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Enable USB Controller for Windows XP on Mac OS X

Postby cintra » 31. May 2009, 11:28

With a little help from this thread, and something I read elsewhere about editing the filtered flash selection and clearing all its details but for its name, I finally managed to get a Patriot 4GB Flash drive recognized and working with W7 on a Leopard host ..and it comes up again after a restart! :)

The USB 'filters' setup is confusing, and not well enough explained for OSX users...

The other problem I am having difficulty with is ReadyBoost (RB), which appears not to work at all in the W7 VM, even with known OK RB drives.

I should perhaps start another thread about that, but if anyone can confirm ReadyBoost does not work at all on W7 VM, pls let me know :)

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Re: Enable USB Controller for Windows XP on Mac OS X

Postby chaad » 24. Jun 2009, 16:06

i have a big problem for see my usb drive.
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