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    Talking System crashes when i run virtual box!

    Greetings all, i have recently installed the oracle virtual box, directly from the site and have created a virtual windows XP Pro machine.

    My computer has 512MB DDR RAM, a 250GB SATA HDD, and an intel dual core CPU.

    I gave 256MB of RAM to my virtual machine, and 256MB to ubuntu. when i open the windows XP virtual machine, my entire system slows to a halt. i have configured Windows XP to performance over aesthetics, thus reducing RAM usage, but still have had no luck!

    i do not know why my machine is crashing when i load Virtual Box, but i do have a hunch that it may be down to the minute quantity of RAM installed.

    If anyone can help me and send me in the right direction, please.... do so.

    Last edited by slashwannabe94; November 11th, 2010 at 12:20 PM.

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    Re: System crashes when i run virtual box!

    Yes, you are short of RAM. You can run Lubuntu in 256 MB, but Ubuntu, not so much.

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    Re: System crashes when i run virtual box!

    What are the full specs of the machine?

    It's kinda hard to believe that a dual core machine would only have 512MB of RAM.
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    Re: System crashes when i run virtual box!

    It definitely has only 512MB of RAM, one RAM chip, just stopped working one day haha.

    i ran the "sudo lshw" command and received this output.

    Hope this helps man

    Code:
                 capabilities: synchronous internal write-back
            *-cache:1
                 description: L2 cache
                 physical id: b
                 slot: External Cache
                 size: 1MiB
                 capacity: 1MiB
                 capabilities: synchronous external write-back
            *-logicalcpu:0
                 description: Logical CPU
                 physical id: 1.1
                 width: 64 bits
                 capabilities: logical
            *-logicalcpu:1
                 description: Logical CPU
                 physical id: 1.2
                 width: 64 bits
                 capabilities: logical
         *-memory
              description: System Memory
              physical id: 1a
              slot: System board or motherboard
              size: 512MiB
            *-bank:0
                 description: DIMM [empty]
                 product: None
                 vendor: None
                 physical id: 0
                 serial: None
                 slot: A0
            *-bank:1
                 description: DIMM [empty]
                 product: None
                 vendor: None
                 physical id: 1
                 serial: None
                 slot: A1
            *-bank:2
                 description: DIMM DDR Synchronous
                 product: None
                 vendor: None
                 physical id: 2
                 serial: None
                 slot: A2
                 size: 512MiB
                 width: 64 bits
            *-bank:3
                 description: DIMM [empty]
                 product: None
                 vendor: None
                 physical id: 3
                 serial: None
                 slot: A3
         *-cpu:1
              physical id: 1
              bus info: cpu@1
              version: 15.4.4
              serial: 0000-0F44-0000-0000-0000-0000
              size: 2800MHz
              capacity: 2800MHz
              capabilities: ht cpufreq
              configuration: id=1
            *-logicalcpu:0
                 description: Logical CPU
                 physical id: 1.1
                 capabilities: logical
            *-logicalcpu:1
                 description: Logical CPU
                 physical id: 1.2
                 capabilities: logical
         *-pci
              description: Host bridge
              product: 82945G/GZ/P/PL Memory Controller Hub
              vendor: Intel Corporation
              physical id: 100
              bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
              version: 81
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
            *-pci:0
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: 82945G/GZ/P/PL PCI Express Root Port
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
                 version: 81
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:24 ioport:d000(size=4096) memory:fde00000-fdefffff ioport:d0000000(size=268435456)
               *-display:0
                    description: VGA compatible controller
                    product: RV516 [Radeon X1300/X1550 Series]
                    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
                    version: 00
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm pciexpress msi bus_master cap_list rom
                    configuration: driver=radeon latency=0
                    resources: irq:25 memory:d0000000-dfffffff(prefetchable) memory:fdef0000-fdefffff ioport:de00(size=256) memory:fde00000-fde1ffff(prefetchable)
               *-display:1 UNCLAIMED
                    description: Display controller
                    product: RV516 [Radeon X1300/X1550 Series] (Secondary)
                    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                    physical id: 0.1
                    bus info: pci@0000:01:00.1
                    version: 00
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm pciexpress cap_list
                    configuration: latency=0
                    resources: memory:fdee0000-fdeeffff
            *-multimedia
                 description: Audio device
                 product: N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1b
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
                 version: 01
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=HDA Intel latency=0
                 resources: irq:16 memory:fdff8000-fdffbfff
            *-usb:0
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: N10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:23 ioport:ff00(size=32)
            *-usb:1
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.1
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:19 ioport:fe00(size=32)
            *-usb:2
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.2
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:18 ioport:fd00(size=32)
            *-usb:3
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.3
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:16 ioport:fc00(size=32)
            *-usb:4
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.7
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.7
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:23 memory:fdfff000-fdfff3ff
            *-pci:1
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: 82801 PCI Bridge
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1e
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.0
                 version: e1
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
                 resources: ioport:e000(size=4096) memory:fdd00000-fddfffff ioport:fdc00000(size=1048576)
               *-multimedia:0
                    description: Multimedia controller
                    product: SAA7131/SAA7133/SAA7135 Video Broadcast Decoder
                    vendor: Philips Semiconductors
                    physical id: 1
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:01.0
                    version: d1
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: driver=saa7134 latency=32 maxlatency=32 mingnt=84
                    resources: irq:17 memory:fddff000-fddff7ff
               *-network
                    description: Ethernet interface
                    product: RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
                    vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
                    physical id: 2
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:02.0
                    logical name: eth0
                    version: 10
                    serial: 00:13:d3:b2:f3:13
                    size: 100MB/s
                    capacity: 100MB/s
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
                    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=8139too driverversion=0.9.28 duplex=full latency=32 link=yes maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 multicast=yes port=MII speed=100MB/s
                    resources: irq:18 ioport:ec00(size=256) memory:fddfe000-fddfe0ff memory:fdc00000-fdc0ffff(prefetchable)
               *-firewire
                    description: FireWire (IEEE 1394)
                    product: VT6306/7/8 [Fire II(M)] IEEE 1394 OHCI Controller
                    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
                    physical id: 3
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:03.0
                    version: 80
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: driver=ohci1394 latency=32 maxlatency=32
                    resources: irq:19 memory:fddfd000-fddfd7ff ioport:ef00(size=128)
               *-multimedia:1
                    description: Multimedia controller
                    product: SAA7131/SAA7133/SAA7135 Video Broadcast Decoder
                    vendor: Philips Semiconductors
                    physical id: 4
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:04.0
                    version: d1
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: driver=saa7134 latency=32 maxlatency=32 mingnt=84
                    resources: irq:20 memory:fddfc000-fddfc7ff
               *-communication UNCLAIMED
                    description: Communication controller
                    product: Lucent V.92 Data/Fax Modem
                    vendor: Agere Systems
                    physical id: 5
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:05.0
                    version: 00
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: latency=32
                    resources: ioport:ea00(size=256)
            *-isa
                 description: ISA bridge
                 product: 82801GB/GR (ICH7 Family) LPC Interface Bridge
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: isa bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: latency=0
            *-ide:0
                 description: IDE interface
                 product: 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.1
                 logical name: scsi0
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: ide bus_master emulated
                 configuration: driver=ata_piix latency=0
                 resources: irq:18 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:fb00(size=16)
               *-cdrom:0
                    description: DVD writer
                    product: DVD RW DW-Q31A
                    vendor: SONY
                    physical id: 0.0.0
                    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
                    logical name: /dev/cdrom
                    logical name: /dev/cdrw
                    logical name: /dev/dvd
                    logical name: /dev/dvdrw
                    logical name: /dev/scd0
                    logical name: /dev/sr0
                    version: LYS2
                    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
               *-cdrom:1
                    description: DVD reader
                    product: DVD-ROM DDU1615
                    vendor: SONY
                    physical id: 0.1.0
                    bus info: scsi@0:0.1.0
                    logical name: /dev/cdrom1
                    logical name: /dev/dvd1
                    logical name: /dev/scd1
                    logical name: /dev/sr1
                    version: FYS2
                    capabilities: removable audio dvd
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
            *-ide:1
                 description: IDE interface
                 product: N10/ICH7 Family SATA IDE Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
                 logical name: scsi2
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ide pm bus_master cap_list emulated
                 configuration: driver=ata_piix latency=0
                 resources: irq:19 ioport:fa00(size=8) ioport:f900(size=4) ioport:f800(size=8) ioport:f700(size=4) ioport:f600(size=16)
               *-disk
                    description: ATA Disk
                    product: ST3250823AS
                    vendor: Seagate
                    physical id: 0.1.0
                    bus info: scsi@2:0.1.0
                    logical name: /dev/sda
                    version: 3.03
                    serial: 5ND1JRHW
                    size: 232GiB (250GB)
                    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=0007151e
                  *-volume:0
                       description: EXT4 volume
                       vendor: Linux
                       physical id: 1
                       bus info: scsi@2:0.1.0,1
                       logical name: /dev/sda1
                       logical name: /
                       version: 1.0
                       serial: 72d69b20-5868-4210-9f4c-b336bdd92754
                       size: 231GiB
                       capacity: 231GiB
                       capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                       configuration: created=2010-11-11 04:00:30 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/�V�2�HJl�4+ޔ^���k �j/��^�ؾ!�h�M�h�M߀2��^�ذ^��mn modified=2010-11-13 13:23:16 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,barrier=1,data=ordered mounted=2010-11-13 13:25:25 state=mounted
                  *-volume:1
                       description: Extended partition
                       physical id: 2
                       bus info: scsi@2:0.1.0,2
                       logical name: /dev/sda2
                       size: 1450MiB
                       capacity: 1450MiB
                       capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
                     *-logicalvolume
                          description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
                          physical id: 5
                          logical name: /dev/sda5
                          capacity: 1450MiB
                          capabilities: nofs
            *-serial UNCLAIMED
                 description: SMBus
                 product: N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 configuration: latency=0
                 resources: ioport:500(size=32)
         *-scsi:0
              physical id: 2
              bus info: usb@1:7
              logical name: scsi17
              logical name: scsi18
              capabilities: emulated scsi-host
              configuration: driver=usb-storage
            *-cdrom
                 description: SCSI CD-ROM
                 product: Mass Storage
                 vendor: HUAWEI
                 physical id: 0
                 bus info: scsi@17:0.0.0
                 logical name: /dev/cdrom2
                 logical name: /dev/scd2
                 logical name: /dev/sr2
                 logical name: /media/T-Mobile
                 version: 2.31
                 capabilities: removable audio
                 configuration: ansiversion=2 mount.fstype=iso9660 mount.options=ro,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gid=1000,iocharset=utf8,mode=0400,dmode=0500 state=mounted status=ready
               *-medium
                    physical id: 0
                    logical name: /dev/cdrom2
                    logical name: /media/T-Mobile
                    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:mac
                    configuration: mount.fstype=iso9660 mount.options=ro,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gid=1000,iocharset=utf8,mode=0400,dmode=0500 state=mounted
                  *-volume:0 UNCLAIMED
                       description: Apple partition map
                       physical id: 1
                       capacity: 1KiB
                  *-volume:1 UNCLAIMED
                       description: Apple HFS
                       physical id: 2
                       version: 4
                       serial: 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000800
                       size: 29MiB
                       capacity: 29MiB
                       capabilities: hfsplus initialized
                       configuration: checked=2010-01-14 11:01:03 created=2010-01-14 11:01:03 filesystem=hfsplus lastmountedby=LSDf modified=2010-01-14 11:01:04 state=unclean
            *-disk
                 description: SCSI Disk
                 physical id: 1
                 bus info: scsi@18:0.0.0
                 logical name: /dev/sdb
         *-scsi:1
              physical id: 3
              bus info: usb@5:2
              logical name: scsi10
              capabilities: emulated scsi-host
              configuration: driver=usb-storage
            *-disk
                 description: SCSI Disk
                 physical id: 0.0.0
                 bus info: scsi@10:0.0.0
                 logical name: /dev/sdc
                 size: 978MiB (1025MB)
                 capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                 configuration: signature=2bdefa74
               *-volume
                    description: EXT4 volume
                    vendor: Linux
                    physical id: 1
                    bus info: scsi@10:0.0.0,1
                    logical name: /dev/sdc1
                    logical name: /media/Puppy_Linux
                    version: 1.0
                    serial: f97664e6-7de0-45e4-af2b-e2d8b594076b
                    size: 977MiB
                    capacity: 977MiB
                    capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                    configuration: created=2010-11-13 01:25:05 filesystem=ext4 label=Puppy_Linux modified=2010-11-13 13:26:18 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,barrier=1,data=ordered mounted=2010-11-13 13:26:18 state=mounted
         *-scsi:2
              physical id: 5
              bus info: usb@4:1
              logical name: scsi11
              capabilities: emulated scsi-host
              configuration: driver=usb-storage
            *-disk
                 description: SCSI Disk
                 product: 1600BEV External
                 vendor: WD
                 physical id: 0.0.0
                 bus info: scsi@11:0.0.0
                 logical name: /dev/sdd
                 version: 1.04
                 serial: WD-WXEX07I05094
                 size: 149GiB (160GB)
                 capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                 configuration: ansiversion=4 signature=000de739
               *-volume
                    description: Windows NTFS volume
                    physical id: 1
                    bus info: scsi@11:0.0.0,1
                    logical name: /dev/sdd1
                    logical name: /media/External Disk
                    version: 3.1
                    serial: 3016ec26-c3c9-47bf-83bb-973aca46e9c2
                    size: 149GiB
                    capacity: 149GiB
                    capabilities: primary ntfs initialized
                    configuration: clustersize=4096 created=2010-09-16 01:35:10 filesystem=ntfs label=External Disk mount.fstype=fuseblk mount.options=rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,user_id=0,group_id=0,default_permissions,allow_other,blksize=4096 state=mounted
      *-network DISABLED
           description: Ethernet interface
           physical id: 1
           logical name: vboxnet0
           serial: 0a:00:27:00:00:00
           capabilities: ethernet physical
           configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes
    Last edited by CharlesA; November 13th, 2010 at 07:36 PM. Reason: added code tags

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    Re: System crashes when i run virtual box!

    replace the bad stick of RAM then.

    It's running out of memory and causing problems.
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    Re: System crashes when i run virtual box!

    Try to install xfce4 as an alternative to Gnome.

    Xfce4 is a lightweight desktop environment that uses less memory than Gnome.

    The installation is very simple:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xfce4
    Then logout.

    Finally, select xfce in the login options.

    Maybe you will be able to improve the performance of your system with this solution.

    In any case, consider to add more memory to your system.

    P.S. Xfce4 does not uninstall Gnome. So, you will have both desktop environments available.
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    Re: System crashes when i run virtual box!

    thanks allot guys, i came to the right place

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