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June 15th, 2010, 07:50 PM
I have Virtualbox installed from the Ubuntu repository. As I just found out, I can't access any USB connected devices (printer, scanner...) It seems I can get these USB peripherals to work by using a different Virtualbox repository. Anyway to do this without loosing the OS installation that I have already setup in Virtualbox?


June 15th, 2010, 08:00 PM
It's because you're downloading the OSE (Open Source Edition) from the repositories. Do a complete removal of this version, and then download the PUEL edition from:


That should fix your problem. Even a complete removal will retain your virtual operating system settings.

I have more information here:


June 15th, 2010, 08:03 PM
You should have the guest OS installed on a virtual harddrive inside the .virtualbox folder.

In your new virtualbox click on settings and in the hard drive option browse to where your virtual hard drive is.

June 17th, 2010, 03:33 AM
Is there a repository I should add to get the updates and patch for this new Virtualbox PUEL?


June 18th, 2010, 03:45 AM
Done! Thanks for the help!

BTW, your blog seems quite interesting, so I subscribed to it!

June 18th, 2010, 12:14 PM
Ok, small problem. I see the usb device (Pentax DSMobile 600), but it is grayed out. Is it because no driver is installed for it? How do I gain control of it?

June 18th, 2010, 12:55 PM
Never mind. Found the answer. Needed to add myself to the VBoxusers under System/Administration/Users and Group.

All is working!