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Re: share files between MX14 and Win98se Virtualbox VM - sol

#11 Post by mmikeinsantarosa » Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:07 am

The initial problem was not being able to get files into a win98se VM from anywhere other than a CD. I sought help for a USB flashdrive or shared samba folder solution.

Thanks to Lucky9 for clearing up the USB flashdrive solution. I had set my vm to Fullscreen + Scaled and couldn't see Guest VM Menus to follow previous instructions; I couldn't locate a "devices" menu item anywhere.

I will continue to persue samba shares in a different thread.

A bazillion thank yous - mike

These are the instructions Lucky9 provided:
The OS window= the window that opens when you start an OS. It has a menu system at the top that concerns the VM that's running.
From left to right:
Machine
View
Devices
Help

See the Devices for a list of available USB devices.

First: You need to insert the USB FlashDrive in the Host computer and then mount it.
Second: Open VirtualBox.
Third: Start the OS VM you want to use.
Fourth: Select the Devices menu.
Fifth: Hover over the USB Devices choice.
Six: Select the FlashDrive.
It will now be available. I use Thunar in this example.
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Re: share files between MX14 and Win98se Virtualbox VM

#12 Post by lucky9 » Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:32 pm

Thank you for making this available for everyone. It may help someone down the line.
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Re: share files between MX14 and Win98se Virtualbox VM

#13 Post by joany » Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:17 pm

I still think mounting an .iso file to the virtual CD drive is easier than using a USB stick, if all you need to do is transfer data from the host --> guest. This does not involve a physical CD disk or require a physical USB device.

Suppose the data you want to transfer is in the /sharedata directory. To make an .iso file, use this command:

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genisoimage -o /{path}/datatransfer.iso  /{path}/sharedata
Now just mount the file datatransfer.iso on the guest OS CD drive and launch the guest OS. (You can leave the .iso mounted there permanently.) The contents of ~/sharedata should be immediately visible in the guest.

If you make changes to datatransfer.iso while Win98 is running, you just have to unmount and remount it in the guest OS: Click Devices > CD/DVD Devices, then uncheck datatransfer.iso and re-check it again. The changes will now be visible in Win98.

Of course, this procedure is one-way (you can't transfer data from the guest to the host via the virtual CD drive).
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Re: share files between MX14 and Win98se Virtualbox VM

#14 Post by mmikeinsantarosa » Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:34 pm

Now just mount the file datatransfer.iso on the guest OS CD drive and launch the guest OS.
Now that is just brilliant!


thanks <joany!>
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Re: share files between MX14 and Win98se Virtualbox VM

#15 Post by mmikeinsantarosa » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:18 am

<joany>
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genisoimage -o /{path}/datatransfer.iso /{path}/sharedata
Can any of the CD/DVD Writer/Reader tools either that come with MX14 or can be downloaded with synaptic do this?

that is make an ISO from a data source...

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Re: share files between MX14 and Win98se Virtualbox VM

#16 Post by joany » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:19 am

mmikeinsantarosa wrote:<joany>
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Code:
genisoimage -o /{path}/datatransfer.iso /{path}/sharedata
Can any of the CD/DVD Writer/Reader tools either that come with MX14 or can be downloaded with synaptic do this?

that is make an ISO from a data source...

mike
AFAIK, genisoimage is part of the basic tool kit that's shipped with Debian.
https://wiki.debian.org/genisoimage

It might come pre-installed with MX-14, but I see that k3b lists genisoimage as a dependency (k3b has an option to make .iso files using genisoimage), so maybe Synaptic pulled it in when I installed k3b. If it's not already installed on your system, don't worry. You should find "genisoimage" as a separate package in Synaptic, assuming you have the Debian repository enabled.

If you enter "genisoimage --help" in a terminal, you'll get a full list of options, which are very extensive. But the basic command for what you need is simple: Just specify an input source (a directory or file), and the name of the .iso output file. That's all you need to do.
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Re: share files between MX14 and Win98se Virtualbox VM

#17 Post by kmathern » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:23 am

joany wrote: AFAIK, genisoimage is part of the basic tool kit that's shipped with Debian.
https://wiki.debian.org/genisoimage

It might come pre-installed with MX-14...
The genisoimage package should already be installed

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$ grep genisoimage /usr/local/share/mx/installed.txt 
ii  genisoimage                          9:1.1.11-2                         i386         Creates ISO-9660 CD-ROM filesystem images

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Re: share files between MX14 and Win98se Virtualbox VM

#18 Post by joany » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:47 am

Re-reading the previous post from mmikeinsantarosa, I see that he wants to know if there's another application besides genisoimage that can make .iso files. Well, k3b does the trick, but I'm running it in MX-14/KDE. I'm not sure if k3b will work properly in the xfce environment but you could try. Brasero is a gnome-based application, which I believe can make an .iso files from a CD or DVD in lieu of copying the disk, but I don't know if it can make an .iso file from data in a directory. Xfburn comes pre-installed with MX-14, but I don't see any option to make an .iso with Xfburn.

If you want a simple GUI front-end for genisoimage, here's one (BiaGen) that runs in Python: http://harishankar.org/software/biagen.php

I don't know how well (or if) BiaGen works in MX-14, but it should. It's a simple executable that doesn't need to be installed.
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Re: share files between MX14 and Win98se Virtualbox VM

#19 Post by Gaer Boy » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:01 am

K3b works fine in xfce. I installed it because xfburn was a bit sniffy about some of my cheapo disks and k3b gave me more info & settings.

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Re: share files between MX14 and Win98se Virtualbox VM

#20 Post by mmikeinsantarosa » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:18 am

k3b works just fine for me on MX14-2.

thank you Sooooo much!
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