View Full Version : [ubuntu] Ubuntu 10.04 w/ Virtualbox running corporate WindowsXP partition

August 12th, 2010, 08:05 PM
Hello all. I've received my corporate laptop with WindowsXP and I installed Lucid "along side" WindowsXP so that I could maintain my corporate image. I was going to use Acronis to take the XP partition and convert it to a VirtualBox VM but I don't want to spend $$ on that. I also would like to be able to maintain my ability to dual-boot.


I've followed all the steps in the links below, and Googled, and search for loose change. I've got as far as getting the guest to start up and all it does is show a black screen with "MBR" with the blinking cursor after it and then the cursor goes down one line and that is where it sits indefinitely.

Here are the main links I referenced while constructing this beast.



With all that, I still can't figure it out. So here is the output of the pertinent commands:

fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 20673 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x29112ab2

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2 11125 84092548 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 11125 20674 72188929 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 11125 20279 69201920 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 20279 20674 2985984 82 Linux swap / Solaris

VBoxManage internalcommands listpartitions -rawdisk /dev/sda

Oracle VM VirtualBox Command Line Management Interface Version 3.2.8
(C) 2005-2010 Oracle Corporation
All rights reserved.

Number Type StartCHS EndCHS Size (MiB) Start (Sect)
1 0x07 1 /0 /1 1023/239/63 82121 15120
5 0x83 1023/239/63 1023/239/63 67580 168202240
6 0x82 1023/239/63 1023/239/63 2916 306608128

install-mbr --force .VirtualBox/winxp.mbr

ll .VirtualBox/winxp.mbr
-rw-r--r-- 1 user group 512 2010-08-11 13:05 .VirtualBox/winxp.mbr

VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename /home/<username>/.VirtualBox/winxp.vmdk -rawdisk /dev/sda -partitions 1 -mbr ~/.VirtualBox/winxp.mbr -relative -register

August 26th, 2010, 04:11 PM
Anyone? I'd be very grateful for any assistance that may come of this. Thank you.

September 9th, 2010, 06:44 PM
I tried running:

VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename /home/<username>/.VirtualBox/winxp.vmdk -rawdisk /dev/sda -partitions 1 -relative -register

instead of:

VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename /home/<username>/.VirtualBox/winxp.vmdk -rawdisk /dev/sda -partitions 1 -mbr ~/.VirtualBox/winxp.mbr -relative -register

which then allows Virtualbox to boot up but it gets to selecting Ubuntu or XP and just hangs.

Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you.