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Thread: Win Xp, Vmware Server Console And Usb Support

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    Win Xp, Vmware Server Console And Usb Support

    Hi.

    Recently I got sick off dualbooting, and installed a vmware server console where i again installed win XP pro.. The most normal stuff works(internet, etc) but i got some programs that need a e-gate cyberflex usb dongle present in order to work or even start.

    I added usb device in settings for the virtual machine and when booted up, i got to vm - removable devices - usb devices, but its empty,,,?

    I also uncommentet the lines 42-45 in this file: /etc/init.d/mountdevsubfs.sh, but didnt do any differnce...

    so my question is: how can i make it work? or do i still have to dualboot?

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    Re: Win Xp, Vmware Server Console And Usb Support

    I'm having the same problem, I try to connect an USB device, but vm - removable devices - usb devices is empty. Did you find a solution?

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    Re: Win Xp, Vmware Server Console And Usb Support

    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleorn View Post
    I'm having the same problem, I try to connect an USB device, but vm - removable devices - usb devices is empty. Did you find a solution?
    yes,,, You either need to reboot your system or restart the mountdevsubfs service like this:
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/mountdevsubfs.sh start
    Then it should work

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    Re: Win Xp, Vmware Server Console And Usb Support

    No luck with that. Any other ideas?

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    Re: Win Xp, Vmware Server Console And Usb Support

    There's more to it than what you have done so far. You must uncomment four lines in that file, as you have already done:

    Code:
    gksudo gedit /etc/init.d/mountdevsubfs.sh
    Uncomment 42-45 lines starting with #mkdir -p /dev/bus/usb/.usbfs

    Code:
            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
    You may wish to add this as a line in your fstab file:

    Code:
    usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs auto 0 0
    Some have found this necessary for USB drives, likely a race issue.

    Reboot and you should see your USB devices in VMware's Removable Devices menu.
    Last edited by fjgaude; January 11th, 2008 at 03:31 AM.
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    Re: Win Xp, Vmware Server Console And Usb Support

    fjgaude,

    Thanks for your help, the edits to mountdevsubfs.sh did the trick! As soon as I made the edits and rebooted, I had items show up in my USB devices list, unfortunately, the WD hard drive (the main goal of this exercise), was not among them! But it was a start.

    Well, I kept fiddling with it, and it seems that the devices need to be plugged in before you boot. I'm not quite sure if they need to be plugged in before you boot into Ubuntu, or if they need to be in place before you boot the VM, but by having them plugged in before I rebooted allowed me to access both my external HD and my Canoscan LiDE 70 scanner (a model not supported by linux).

    Having these two devices available to me removes two critical obstacles to migrating to full-time linux.

    Many thanks,
    David

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    Re: Win Xp, Vmware Server Console And Usb Support

    fjgaude, it worked for me too. thanks a bunch!

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    Re: Win Xp, Vmware Server Console And Usb Support

    This worked for my as well. Thank you very much.

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    Re: Win Xp, Vmware Server Console And Usb Support

    Sorry to dig up an old thread, but THANK YOU!!!!

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    Re: Win Xp, Vmware Server Console And Usb Support

    Quote Originally Posted by JKeller1068 View Post
    Sorry to dig up an old thread, but THANK YOU!!!!
    You are welcome... I can take no special credit, for all comes from learning from other folks here on the forums.

    Ain't life grand!
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