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Thread: VMware server wont recognize my usb dvd drive

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    VMware server wont recognize my usb dvd drive

    Hi..
    i have a dvd drive.. It is plugged in and the cd drive shows up on my desktop as a cd..

    Now.. The only option in my virtual machine gives me for the cd drive is autodetect..
    and let me tell you..
    it does NOT auto detect my usb dvd drive.

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    Re: VMware server wont recognize my usb dvd drive

    In order for VMware in Gutsy to recognize USB devices you need to uncomment four lines, like so:

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

    That should do it. If not get back with us.
    Regards, frank, at http://yantrayoga.typepad.com/noname/
    Homebuilt Lian-Li PC-Q33WB, Intel i7-4790K 4.6GHz, SSDs,16G RAM | Dell Laptop 11.6" N3050.
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    Re: VMware server wont recognize my usb dvd drive

    wow thank you. I couldnt find that on google search at all.

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    Re: VMware server wont recognize my usb dvd drive

    that did not work

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    Re: VMware server wont recognize my usb dvd drive

    I am also running VMWare Server with Gutsy, and to access any of my USB devices, such as external hard drive, DVD or Memory stick, I have to select it from the VMWare Server menu as noted below.

    VM>Removable Devices>USB Devices> Select the device you want to enable.

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    Re: VMware server wont recognize my usb dvd drive

    The next thing to try is to place this line in your fstab file and reboot:

    Code:
    usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs auto 0 0
    Such seems to aid the ability to add USB drives.
    Regards, frank, at http://yantrayoga.typepad.com/noname/
    Homebuilt Lian-Li PC-Q33WB, Intel i7-4790K 4.6GHz, SSDs,16G RAM | Dell Laptop 11.6" N3050.
    Oracle VBox w/ WinXP/Win8 running Xara Designer, PaintShopPro, and InDesign CS.

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    Re: VMware server wont recognize my usb dvd drive

    Just what I needed, frank. Thanks
    Ed
    Last edited by edvisser; December 24th, 2007 at 07:45 PM. Reason: adding comment

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    Re: VMware server wont recognize my usb dvd drive

    to clarify; I implemented both your suggestions frank, prior that, I had no devices appear on VM > Removable Devices > USB Devices.

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    Re: VMware server wont recognize my usb dvd drive

    Good, one more satisfied Ubuntu user. <smile>

    Merry Christmas.
    Regards, frank, at http://yantrayoga.typepad.com/noname/
    Homebuilt Lian-Li PC-Q33WB, Intel i7-4790K 4.6GHz, SSDs,16G RAM | Dell Laptop 11.6" N3050.
    Oracle VBox w/ WinXP/Win8 running Xara Designer, PaintShopPro, and InDesign CS.

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