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Thread: Virtualbox fails to open a session

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2019

    Virtualbox fails to open a session

    Hi. I am running Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS on a HP laptop.

    I want to vid chat with someone who only has FaceTime. I installed Virtualbox from the terminal and downloaded Facetime. I opened Virtualbox and created a virtual machine to run MacOSX. It shows up in the left-hand pane, but when I try to start it, it gives the following error.

    Failed to open a session for the virtual machine MacOSX.

    AMD-V is disabled in the BIOS (or by the host OS) (VERR_SVM_DISABLED).

    Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
    Component: ConsoleWrap
    Interface: IConsole {872da645-4a9b-1727-bee2-5585105b9eed}

    I'm not even clear on how to get to my BIOS settings, or I would have tried that first. So if that's where to fix this, how do I get to my BIOS settings? Or if not, what do I do? Thanks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    19th Hole
    Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

    Re: Virtualbox fails to open a session

    MacOS is heavily proprietary and just as heavily silo‑ware/jail‑ware. It is designed to test extensively for Apple HW and run only on legitimate Apple HW. To my knowledge, no one has ever succeeded in running it in a VM without kludges, tricks and sorcery that would make even an über‑geek's eyes water.

    Someone else on these forums may be able to point you to some sort of solution, but you shouldn't get your hopes up.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    The Left Coast of the USA

    Re: Virtualbox fails to open a session

    While it is not against Apple's EULA/ToS to install other OSes on Apple hardware, it is against Apple's EULA/ToS to install their OS on non-Apple hardware -- even virtual hardware.

    We do not support circumvention of EULA/ToS.

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