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VirtualBox 4.3.10 Guest Additions Installer

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VirtualBox 4.3.10 Guest Additions Installer

#1 Post by joany » Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:15 pm

I recently upgraded VirtualBox to Version 4.3.10 and noticed that the "Devices>Install Guest Additions" menu selection was changed to "Devices>Insert Guest Additions CD Image". (The Guest Additions ISO is properly mounted in the CD drive of the virtual machine. I'm running a Windows 7 guest OS.)

With earlier versions of VirtualBox running a Windows guest OS, the Guest Additions installer would start with a single click by selecting "Devices>Install Guest Additions". With Version 4.3.10, selecting "Devices>Insert Guest Additions CD Image" doesn't do anything as far as I can tell; however, the installer is supposed to start according to the VirtualBox web site:
In the "Devices" menu in the virtual machine's menu bar, VirtualBox has a handy menu item named "Insert Guest Additions CD image", which mounts the Guest Additions ISO file inside your virtual machine. A Windows guest should then automatically start the Guest Additions installer, which installs the Guest Additions into your Windows guest. Other guest operating systems (or if automatic start of software on CD is disabled) need manual start of the installer.
The path to the Guest Additions ISO file in my computer is: /usr/share/virtualbox/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso

I'm thinking that VirtualBox is using a different path for the .iso file. Does anyone know where the .iso file should be located so that it can be mounted with the "Insert Guest Additions CD Image" feature?
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Re: VirtualBox 4.3.10 Guest Additions Installer

#2 Post by BitJam » Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:05 pm

joany, I suggest you try mounting the additions iso manually as explained here (under the note about direct3d acceleration). Go to:

Devices --> CD/DVD Devices --> Choose a Virtual CD/DVD disk file.

Then navigate to the VBoxGuestAdditions.iso file. Follow the rest of the instructions. This should get you past a possible problem if the default location for that file got changed. The documentation says it is normally under /opt/VirtualBox/ so this may be the problem.

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Re: VirtualBox 4.3.10 Guest Additions Installer

#3 Post by richb » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:58 am

On 4.3.10, when I clicked install guest additions it mounts the Guest additions as a CD, but does not start an automatic install. This provided you have a virtual CD defined in the .vbox file. Then I navigate to the installed CD in a root terminal and issue the command sh VBoxLinuxAdditions.run. I have had to do this since the 4.3 version.
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Re: VirtualBox 4.3.10 Guest Additions Installer

#4 Post by Gaer Boy » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:10 am

VB 4.3.10 behaved as usual for me - I clicked "Insert Guest Additions CD Image" and installation of Guest Additions started automatically.

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Re: VirtualBox 4.3.10 Guest Additions Installer

#5 Post by richb » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:17 am

Gaer Boy wrote:VB 4.3.10 behaved as usual for me - I clicked "Insert Guest Additions CD Image" and installation of Guest Additions started automatically.
I wonder what the difference is. Perhaps the way the .vbox file is configured. It has not installed automatically for me for a long time.
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Re: VirtualBox 4.3.10 Guest Additions Installer

#6 Post by joany » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:49 am

Well, it looks like I'm not the only one to notice this. I'll run the Guest Additions installer manually for Windows.
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Re: VirtualBox 4.3.10 Guest Additions Installer

#7 Post by richb » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:51 am

I should have been more clear. The inability to autorun for me is with a Linux guest and a Linux host. A windows guest on a Linux host does run automatically.
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Re: VirtualBox 4.3.10 Guest Additions Installer

#8 Post by joany » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:01 am

richb wrote:I should have been more clear. The inability to autorun for me is with a Linux guest and a Linux host. A windows guest on a Linux host does run automatically.
Oh ... :hmm:

Well then, what is the path to your virtual CD?
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Re: VirtualBox 4.3.10 Guest Additions Installer

#9 Post by richb » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:12 am

In Windows it shows as CD Drive (D:) VirtualBoxGuestAdditions
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Re: VirtualBox 4.3.10 Guest Additions Installer

#10 Post by joany » Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:32 am

Sorry, I wasn't clear. I meant what is the path of the .iso in the host OS? Is yours /usr/share/virtualbox/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso or is it some other path? I want to compare my path to yours since your setup is working and mine isn't.

I manually mounted the virtual CD, and it does show as "CD Drive (D:) VirtualBox Guest Additions" in the Windows guest OS, like yours, but the installer still doesn't start automatically when I select "Devices>Insert Guest Additions CD image ..." from the drop-down menu.

I assumed VB would be able to locate the CD image since it's not only clearly identified in the Storage settings for the VM, but it's also already mounted. But maybe VirtualBox is looking for the .iso in some other place in the host OS.
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