Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Virtual Ubuntu on Flash Drive

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Charles County, MD
    Beans
    182

    Virtual Ubuntu on Flash Drive

    I have a 80GB portable Hard Drive that I would like to install a Ubuntu virtual machine on. It has to be completely independent- meaning that the virtual machine will successfully boot on any Windows XP or greater machine that I hook it up to.

    I have tried Qemu, but have note been able to get Synaptic to work correctly and therefore have not been able to install the program that I need and is Linux-only. (Kalzium, which is a KDE periodic table.)

    I tried simply copying the files from my VirtualBox directory to my hard drive but I get a COM error when I move to a different machine and it won't even load.

    I am looking for a solution that will allow me a completely hardware independent Ubuntu Virtual Machine that will run on Windows XP with the ability to install Kalzium through Synaptic.

    I am almost ready to give up on this... and I don't give up very well. Please help!

    Thanks a million.
    Ian

    EDIT- Just to clarify, it does NOT have to be bootable, but it does need to be able to run on any Windows XP machine.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Janesville, Wisconsin
    Beans
    141
    Distro
    Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

    Re: Virtual Ubuntu on Flash Drive

    If I am understanding this problem correctly you want a virtual machine that you can run on both windows and linux is that right?

    If that is the case VMware server is your best bet. I can give you a good tutorial on installing it because I did it once on Ubuntu 7.04
    The box said to install Windows XP or better.... so I installed Linux

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Montana
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Kubuntu Development Release

    Re: Virtual Ubuntu on Flash Drive

    There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth...not going all the way, and not starting.
    --Prince Gautama Siddharta

    #ubuntuforums web interface

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Charles County, MD
    Beans
    182

    Re: Virtual Ubuntu on Flash Drive

    Sorry for not posting this sooner- I have been pretty obe lately.

    I found my solution. Since VB requires the windows registry, I simply installed a program called MojoPac onto the portable drive. It is basically a program that makes a mini-XP desktop on your portable drive. (The host machine must be running XP for this to work, which was fine in this circumstance.)

    So I simply entered my mini-desktop, installed VB in the mini desktop, pointed it to the .vdi on my portable drive and it worked! Yay!

    I hope this helps someone who was in the same position as I was.

    -Ian

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •