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VirtualBox issues with USB on Ubuntu 8.1

I just installed a WinXP instance on VirtualBox for some client specific testing and once I got everything configured and all softwares installed, I found out that USB devices were not at all accessible due to some change Ubuntu folks did for Intrepid.

So as a result you get an error while accessing USB setting in VBox Manager that “It can not be mounted”. A simple fix to that is:

sudo vim /etc/fstab

adding the following line at the end:

none /proc/bus/usb usbfs devgid=xxx,devmode=664 0 0

Where ‘xxx’ can be found by doing getting the group id of vboxusers or by:

grep vbox /etc/group‘  and getting the integer value in there which in my case turned out to be 119.

Save the ‘fstab’ file, reboot the host OS and it should be all good.

-Shoaib
shoaibmir[@]gmail.com

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