A couple weeks ago I was complaining about how I got a Fatal error while starting VirtualBox in Ubuntu. About five days later I stumble upon claudio‘s page: VirtualBox: Install Windows XP using pbx boot. I followed his advice to install the binaries instead of the open source (OSE), which has failed me many times. Claudio has all the credits and without his tutorial, I will not be able to run Windows on my Ubuntu machine. Please, if you are reading this post, come by his page and give him some love…
Below is a tutorial based on Claudio’s tutorial, but I cut out the unnecessary stuff and add a section on how to assign user to group visually (for newbies and ultra-beginner like me).
Install VirtualBox in Ubuntu
- Download the .deb file here. Choose your appropriate OS and download. This is the binaries version and also a deb file so it would be very easy to install.
Note: Do not use Synaptic to install OSE package. It did not work for me. The x86 version is for intel, and amd64 is for AMD chips.
- Double click on the .deb package to install. There will be several announcement makes during installation, but don’t worry, we will take care of it.
- We need to add users into vboxusers in order to use VirtualBox. Follow the instructions below. We can do it graphically.
Assigning Users to Group – Graphic
- System -> Administration -> Users and Groups
- Select Unlock.
- Enter your Password and click Authenticate.
- Select Manage Groups.
- Double click on vboxusers group or select it and click Properties to edit group.
- Check the members you would like to add to the group, make sure you are one of them.
- OK and close. You have added users into group.
You are now able to use VirtualBox. Below is a good youtube tutorial, check it out if you like.