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Windows blue screen even on virtual machines

if you thought that blue screens are only on regular windows boxes…. you are wrong!!! yesterday i just experience  a blue screen on my windows virtual machine (vm).  i am currently running ubuntu 10.04 and have windows xp pro on my virtual machine.  apparently the vm got stock on a process with a infinite loop.  isn’t that something…. only on the windows journey.


Virtual Machine Blue Screen of Death

iTunes in Virtualbox and your iPod

so after installing ubuntu in my desktop i started to install windows xp on a virtual machine.  yes, i am running away from BLUE SCREENS and VIRUSES, why wouldn’t you?! well anyways… i needed my iTunes to run propertly and be able to sync with my iPod. i got it work worh with my library and THANK God that i make backups :).  well i thought that after enableling my usb drive and pluging my ipod and telling my itunes that my ipod is connected it was going to work propertly, but guess what!!! it didn’t.

so there was a extra special step that i had to take and it was pretty easy.  i shutted down my virtual machine and open up virtualbox program.  went to the windows xp settings, and then to usb.  in the usb i connected my ipod and waited until my ubuntu system recognized my ipod and then added the ipod to the filters.  this will allow my ipod to be recognized by windows before my ubuntu system.  pretty clever ah!

and that would be it… now my ipod works like if there was a sole windows os installed.  hope this helps to anybody.

Enable USB with Virtualbox

this small tutorial will illustrate how to have your usb working with virtualbox.  virtualbox has the usb support disable by default.  if you want to have your usb to work properly with virtualbox you would have to perform the following steps.

this tutorial applies for ubuntu 8.10.  but it might work with other distros.


  1. type “sudo gedit /etc/init.d/mountdevsubfs.sh
  2. go to the following block
    # Magic to make /proc/bus/usb work
    #mkdir -p /dev/bus/usb/.usbfs
    #domount usbfs “” /dev/bus/usb/.usbfs -obusmode=0700,devmode=0600,listmode=0644
    #ln -s .usbfs/devices /dev/bus/usb/devices
    #mount --rbind /dev/bus/usb /proc/bus/usb

    change it to
    # Magic to make /proc/bus/usb work
    mkdir -p /dev/bus/usb/.usbfs
    domount usbfs “” /dev/bus/usb/.usbfs -obusmode=0700,devmode=0600,listmode=0644
    ln -s .usbfs/devices /dev/bus/usb/devices
    mount --rbind /dev/bus/usb /proc/bus/usb

  3. now go type “sudo gedit /etc/fstab”
  4. copy and paste the following code to your fstab
    none /proc/bus/usb usbfs devgid=1000,devmode=664 0 0

you are almost done.  now reboot your computer and you should be good to go.