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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ubuntu: how to connect and use USB devices in Virtualbox


Virtualbox one of the most popular software for managing virtual machines, used by millions of users, and allows you to use any operating system and try to complete all its features. course after its installation, to ensure that the software is complete, is required the addition of VM Extension Pack. Despite this, users may find it difficult to use USB devices on virtual machine, since they might not be recognized.

In this article I will discuss how to work around this problem and use your USB devices even through virtual machine.

Materials Needed:
  • Virtualbox installed on your PC
  • Uninstall if installed, VirtualBox OSE.
Procedure:

Go System->Administration->Users and Groups (This path is valid for all those who have less than a version of Ubuntu 11.10, but if you have Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 you must first install the application Users and Groups terminal by typing the following command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-system-tools

Now click on the item Manage Group and move to voice vboxusers; through the right mouse button to access the properties and check the voice Members of the group;

At this point you can reboot the system and run your virtual machine, which will now allow you to use USB devices through the devices menu positioned at the top. For all those who plan to set their default devices without having to enter it each time, just access to the settings of the machine and move the cursor USB, Then click on the "+", as shown in the figure, and add your device:

Alternative procedure

If you do not want to follow the steps listed above, you can opt for the manual procedure. You open a terminal and type the following command:
sudo gedit /etc/group
Look for the group vboxusers and add your user name with the following command:
vboxusers:x:125:”User Name”
That's it, with these two alternatives can finally use your virtual machine with ease.
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