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    Unhappy 18.04 running very slow in Windows 10 Host VirtualBox

    Hi,

    I'm running Ubuntu 18.04 desktop on Windows 10 VirtualBox (Oracle).

    My details are as follows:

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    VirtualBox Version 5.2.18 r124319 (Qt5.6.2)
    Guest Addition: 5.2.18
    
    VM Configuaration:
    
    RAM allocated: 8 GB
    No. of CPU cores: 4
    3D acceleration: On
    VRAM allocated: 128 MB
    
    Desktop used: Ubuntu Community 
    Even with this configuration, the 18.04 response is very sluggish.
    Earlier I had 17.04 and it was quite fast in the VM.

    What I noticed that my $HOME is full like 100%. But I still have lots of space in the ext4, only 15% is used.

    Attached are two screenshots showing the space, performance and FS.

    Request if someone can help me to figure out what's wrong.

    Thanks.
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    Re: 18.04 running very slow in Windows 10 Host VirtualBox

    http://blog.jdpfu.com/2012/09/14/sol...-in-virtualbox is old, but still relevant.
    As for storage, please post the output from df -hT as text and use "code tags" so things line up. Text is always preferred over images here. ALWAYS. I can't read the posted image.

    It also seems like the Guest VM has too many vCPUs and too much vRAM allocated, but without knowing the hostOS hardware it is hard to say. Virtual machines need to cooperate with the hostOS to get the best performance while leaving the hostOS with sufficient capabilities to manage VMs.

    Lastly, every time a new kernel is installed inside a guest VM, you should re-install the guest additions. Same if you upgrade to a new version of virtualbox, then install new guest additions.

    Use virtio drivers for the storage controller and networking.

    It also helps if you use a lighter DE, not one that demands 3D accel.

    Too bad you can't use KVM+libvirt for this. Much better hypervisor. Faster than all others, even commercial, with lower overheard for true virtual hardware emulation and the security that provides.

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    Re: 18.04 running very slow in Windows 10 Host VirtualBox

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    http://blog.jdpfu.com/2012/09/14/sol...-in-virtualbox is old, but still relevant.
    As for storage, please post the output from df -hT as text and use "code tags" so things line up. Text is always preferred over images here. ALWAYS. I can't read the posted image.

    It also seems like the Guest VM has too many vCPUs and too much vRAM allocated, but without knowing the hostOS hardware it is hard to say. Virtual machines need to cooperate with the hostOS to get the best performance while leaving the hostOS with sufficient capabilities to manage VMs.

    Lastly, every time a new kernel is installed inside a guest VM, you should re-install the guest additions. Same if you upgrade to a new version of virtualbox, then install new guest additions.

    Use virtio drivers for the storage controller and networking.

    It also helps if you use a lighter DE, not one that demands 3D accel.

    Too bad you can't use KVM+libvirt for this. Much better hypervisor. Faster than all others, even commercial, with lower overheard for true virtual hardware emulation and the security that provides.
    Hi,

    Thanks for replying and your time.

    I'm using an MSI laptop with logical 8-core CPU with 16 GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 card running Windows 10 as the host OS. Relevant portions of my system specs are attached as text file for you to review.

    I'd updated from Ubuntu 17.10 to 18.04 in the VirtualBox, and yes I've upgraded the GA to the latest one after upgrading to 18.04:

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    VirtualBox version: VirtualBox-5.2.18-124319
    Ext Pack: Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-5.2.18
    GA: VBoxGuestAdditions_5.2.18
    
    These were upgraded just couple of days back. But no performance improvement noticed.
    Also adding the summary of my machine spec, in case the attachment is unreadable:

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    System Information
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             Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (10.0, Build 15063) (15063.rs2_release.170317-1834)
                     Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
          System Manufacturer: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd.
                 System Model: GE62VR 7RF
                         BIOS: E16JBIMS.310
                    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700HQ CPU @ 2.80GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
                       Memory: 16384MB RAM
          Available OS Memory: 16270MB RAM
                    Page File: 14256MB used, 4445MB available
    
    
    
    
    ---------------
    Display Devices
    ---------------
              Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 630
           Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
              Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
               DAC type: Internal
            Device Type: Full Device
             Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_591B&SUBSYS_11D51462&REV_04
          Device Status: 0180200A [DN_DRIVER_LOADED|DN_STARTED|DN_DISABLEABLE|DN_NT_ENUMERATOR|DN_NT_DRIVER] 
    Device Problem Code: No Problem
    Driver Problem Code: Unknown
         Display Memory: 8262 MB
       Dedicated Memory: 128 MB
          Shared Memory: 8134 MB
           Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
           Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
          Monitor Model: unknown
    
    
    
    
              Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
           Manufacturer: NVIDIA
              Chip type: GeForce GTX 1060
               DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
            Device Type: Full Device
             Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1C20&SUBSYS_11D51462&REV_A1
          Device Status: 0180200A [DN_DRIVER_LOADED|DN_STARTED|DN_DISABLEABLE|DN_NT_ENUMERATOR|DN_NT_DRIVER] 
    Device Problem Code: No Problem
    Driver Problem Code: Unknown
         Display Memory: 14180 MB
       Dedicated Memory: 6046 MB
          Shared Memory: 8134 MB
    
    
    
    
    -------------
    Sound Devices
    -------------
                Description: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
     Default Sound Playback: Yes
     Default Voice Playback: Yes
                Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0899&SUBSYS_146211D5&REV_1000
            Manufacturer ID: 1
                 Product ID: 100
                       Type: WDM
                Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
             Driver Version: 6.00.0001.8233 (English)
          Driver Attributes: Final Retail
                WHQL Logo'd: Yes
              Date and Size: 15-08-2017 12:00:00 AM, 5899752 bytes
                Other Files: 
            Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
             HW Accel Level: Basic
                  Cap Flags: 0xF1F
        Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
    Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
     Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
                  HW Memory: 0
           Voice Management: No
     EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
       I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
    Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No
    
    
    ---------------------
    Sound Capture Devices
    ---------------------
                Description: Microphone (Realtek High Definition Audio)
      Default Sound Capture: Yes
      Default Voice Capture: Yes
                Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
             Driver Version: 6.00.0001.8233 (English)
          Driver Attributes: Final Retail
              Date and Size: 8/27/2017 13:30:30, 5899752 bytes
                  Cap Flags: 0x1
               Format Flags: 0xFFFFF
    
    
    
    
    ------------------------
    Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
    ------------------------
          Drive: C:
     Free Space: 106.1 GB
    Total Space: 242.9 GB
    File System: NTFS
          Model: HFS128G39MNC-3510A
    
    
          Drive: D:
     Free Space: 680.3 GB
    Total Space: 884.3 GB
    File System: NTFS
          Model: HGST HTS721010A9E630
    
    
          Drive: F:
     Free Space: 50.7 GB
    Total Space: 51.2 GB
    File System: NTFS
          Model: HGST HTS721010A9E630
    
    
          Drive: G:
     Free Space: 984.1 GB
    Total Space: 1907.7 GB
    File System: NTFS
          Model: Seagate BUP Slim BL SCSI Disk Device
    
    
          Drive: E:
          Model: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUD0N
         Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 10.00.15063.0000 (English), 3/19/2017 02:26:25, 160256 bytes
    The output of the df command is as follows:

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    Filesystem     Type      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    udev           devtmpfs  3.9G     0  3.9G   0% /dev
    tmpfs          tmpfs     798M  1.7M  797M   1% /run
    /dev/sda1      ext4      149G   26G  116G  18% /
    tmpfs          tmpfs     3.9G     0  3.9G   0% /dev/shm
    tmpfs          tmpfs     5.0M  4.0K  5.0M   1% /run/lock
    tmpfs          tmpfs     3.9G     0  3.9G   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
    /dev/loop1     squashfs  640K  640K     0 100% /snap/nano-editor/1
    /dev/loop4     squashfs  161M  161M     0 100% /snap/mailspring/242
    /dev/loop5     squashfs  8.8M  8.8M     0 100% /snap/communitheme/358
    /dev/loop6     squashfs   11M   11M     0 100% /snap/communitheme/742
    /dev/loop7     squashfs  141M  141M     0 100% /snap/gnome-3-26-1604/59
    /dev/loop9     squashfs  2.4M  2.4M     0 100% /snap/gnome-calculator/170
    /dev/loop10    squashfs  5.0M  5.0M     0 100% /snap/canonical-livepatch/39
    /dev/loop11    squashfs   15M   15M     0 100% /snap/gnome-logs/37
    /dev/loop12    squashfs  140M  140M     0 100% /snap/gnome-3-26-1604/64
    /dev/loop13    squashfs  3.8M  3.8M     0 100% /snap/gnome-system-monitor/39
    /dev/loop14    squashfs  5.0M  5.0M     0 100% /snap/canonical-livepatch/41
    /dev/loop8     squashfs   87M   87M     0 100% /snap/core/5145
    /dev/loop0     squashfs   87M   87M     0 100% /snap/core/4917
    /dev/loop2     squashfs  161M  161M     0 100% /snap/mailspring/244
    /dev/loop3     squashfs  459M  459M     0 100% /snap/intellij-idea-community/71
    /dev/loop15    squashfs  227M  227M     0 100% /snap/pycharm-community/76
    /dev/loop16    squashfs   13M   13M     0 100% /snap/gnome-characters/103
    /dev/loop17    squashfs  141M  141M     0 100% /snap/gnome-3-26-1604/70
    /dev/loop18    squashfs   13M   13M     0 100% /snap/gnome-characters/96
    /dev/loop20    squashfs   15M   15M     0 100% /snap/gnome-logs/34
    /dev/loop19    squashfs  114M  114M     0 100% /snap/vscode/50
    /dev/loop21    squashfs  3.8M  3.8M     0 100% /snap/gnome-system-monitor/51
    /dev/loop22    squashfs  157M  157M     0 100% /snap/mailspring/216
    /dev/loop23    squashfs  2.4M  2.4M     0 100% /snap/gnome-calculator/180
    /dev/loop24    squashfs   13M   13M     0 100% /snap/gnome-characters/86
    /dev/loop25    squashfs  2.4M  2.4M     0 100% /snap/gnome-calculator/167
    /dev/loop26    squashfs   11M   11M     0 100% /snap/communitheme/575
    /dev/loop27    squashfs   22M   22M     0 100% /snap/gnome-logs/31
    /dev/loop28    squashfs   87M   87M     0 100% /snap/core/4650
    /dev/loop29    squashfs  5.0M  5.0M     0 100% /snap/canonical-livepatch/42
    /dev/loop30    squashfs  3.8M  3.8M     0 100% /snap/gnome-system-monitor/41
    W2UShared      vboxsf     50G  1.4G   49G   3% /media/sf_W2UShared
    tmpfs          tmpfs     798M   12K  798M   1% /run/user/120
    tmpfs          tmpfs     798M   32K  798M   1% /run/user/1000
    /dev/sr0       iso9660    56M   56M     0 100% /media/pranabesh/VBox_GAs_5.2.18
    Kindly review and let me know if there is something I need to change for a better performing Guest.

    Thanks.
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    Last edited by Pranabesh; August 18th, 2018 at 05:14 AM.

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    Re: 18.04 running very slow in Windows 10 Host VirtualBox

    Follow the instructions in the link already provided.
    I've seen Core i7 machines behave poorly in virtualbox before, which should never happen.
    The instructions were written to solve exactly that issue.

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    Re: 18.04 running very slow in Windows 10 Host VirtualBox

    Hi,

    I followed all the instructions mentioned in that link.
    However, the response of the Ubuntu guest is still very slow in my machine.

    Regards.

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    Re: 18.04 running very slow in Windows 10 Host VirtualBox

    Quote Originally Posted by Pranabesh View Post
    Hi,

    I followed all the instructions mentioned in that link.
    However, the response of the Ubuntu guest is still very slow in my machine.

    Regards.
    Before we look at other issues, please prove that claim.

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    Re: 18.04 running very slow in Windows 10 Host VirtualBox

    I don't think the problem lies in (or any Guest OS, for that matter) Ubuntu. Case in point, if you create live boot media using the 18.04 image, and boot from that media, it run at comparable speeds, to every other recent version of Ubuntu; furthermore, I'm running a 64 bit windows 10, as my Host, and trying to install Windows XP SP3 64 bit, from an ISO I have; I"m not a fast typist, this response has, at this time, already been about 45 minutes, in the making; so, it got to the part, where I told it to install, to the 80 GB virtual drive, that I set aside for it, that was about an hour ago, and it's thus far, only 45% done.

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    Re: 18.04 running very slow in Windows 10 Host VirtualBox

    I am having the same issue since several months now. For an unknown reason Virtualbox became very slow to the point that it is unusable.
    Even after upgrading my host to 18.10 the issue still remains and for all clients (Windows 10, Ubuntu, Fedora etc...). How can I debug it?

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    Re: 18.04 running very slow in Windows 10 Host VirtualBox

    Have you tried building a machine with ordinary packages rather than all those snaps?
    If you ask for help, do not abandon your request. Please have the courtesy to check for responses and thank the people who helped you.

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