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VirtualBox is Oracle's virtualization software. It allows running of Linux and Windows on a Mac under OS X.

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Custom screen resolution for a VirtualBox Mac guest?

TL;DR - How do I set a custom screen resolution for a VirtualBox Mac guest? I'm in a situation where I need to keep Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.8) alive in a VirtualBox setup to run some legacy ...
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Does Fusion (VMware) support 2D graphics hardware acceleration for Yosemite guest OS?

I am disappointed to learn that the Parallels 10 (and earlier) does not support hardware accelerated 2D (nor 3D) graphics when Mac OS X is the guest OS. This means Yosemite inside Parallels runs ...
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El Capitan GM and USB passthrough

After updgrading to El Capitan GM, I noticed that usb passthrough no longer works in VirtualBox, and this seems to be occuring for everyone. I have found several threads on VirtualBox forums ...
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How can I encrypt my VirtualBox VM?

Is there a way for me to use a virtual machine (VirtualBox) on my MacBook Air with encryption protection? I want to install a VM of Ubuntu, and if my employer calls back the hardware I don't want them ...
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How to stop OS X from system sleep when the Display sleeps?

On OS X Yosemite I found that all operations interupt once I switch of the monitor for a while. Most notabaly copy processes of large files, simply pause. Every time OS X puts the Display to sleep (or ...
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What are the default permissions on the Applications folder in OS X supposed to be?

I was trying to run VirtualBox on OS X when I got the error: Failed to open a session for the virtual machine tinyXP. Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_WORLD_WRITABLE). Unknown error creating VM (...
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Genymotion overheating MacBook Pro with Yosemite

Every time I start a Genymotion (v2.5.2) device my CPU starts heating real fast and the fan speed goes from good to crazy really quick too. Here's an output from iStats: If I use GPS simulation ...
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What does “Effective UID is not root” mean for VirtualBox?

I'm looking to test VirtualBox 5.0 release or 5.0.x latest development stable build and get this error: The Please try reinstalling VirtualBox. advice doesn't help. I am guessing this is what ...
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Official way to obtain an OS X ISO file

I'm trying to install OS X Mavericks in VirtualBox on Windows 8.1. I have VirtualBox installed and the VM set up, but I need an ISO file to install the operating system. I've searched around and ...
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Installing windows 8 using bootcamp or virtual box

I've been looking around and haven't found an idiot proof guide to partitioning my mac to run windows 8. Unfortunately, that's what I need as I have not knowledge of any of the required software/...
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VirtualBox No Internet Win7 Host, OS X Guest [closed]

I have set up Mac OS X 10.9 in a Virtual Machine and I'm struggling to get any internet connection. In my network settings (Mac), it says I'm connected but nothing works. Safari doesn't load any page, ...
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To share dynamically network between OSX and Virtual OS

My colleges say that OS cannot dynamically share network between two OS, in contrast to Windows. One college solved the problem by ethernet connection and external network card, discussed here. ...
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Good Linux distribution for Macbook Air and VirtualBox

I have seen many Linux distributions tried to be used in Macbook Air, for instance. One custom made of Redhat Linux is one successful port in VirtualBox but it is not public. However, I would like ...
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How to input accented characters to an OS running in a VM?

I have a MacBook Pro with English (US) keyboard layout. I usually hold the right-alt (option) key, and press E to activate the accented vowel insertion (it shows a placeholder where the accented ...
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Parallels or VirtualBox to run Clampfit on a MacBook Pro running Yosemite 10.10.3?

I'm completely new to Macs and always used PCs so far. Said so, I'll try to be as much specific as I can. I just bought a MacBook Pro running Yosemite 10.10.3 and am considering installing Parallels ...
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Windows key when running windows through virtual box on a mac

I am running Windows 7 on a virtual image using virtualbox on my max osx. I need to know what the windows key is on the mac keyboard. Any tips?
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How to automatically start a VirtualBox VM in OS X Lion?

I have a VirtualBox VM set up on OS X Lion. How do I have it automatically start when I log into my account?
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Can I build a VM and use the image on a MacBook?

We are going to have over a hundred MacBooks in our school. We would like to create a master image with all our base settings and applications so that it can be installed on every new MacBook that ...
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Same dedicated Windows drive for Boot Camp and VirtualBox?

I am going to be setting up a new (to me) Mac Pro 4,1 with multiple internal hard drives. I want to run Yosemite most of the time with Windows 7 virtualized in a window for a few programs I need to ...
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CPU Usage shoots all of a sudden while using Ubuntu in Virtual box in MBP

I an using 2015 model of MacBook Pro running Mac OS X Yosemite. I have installed Oracle VirtualBox 4.3.26 which runs Ubuntu 14.04 operating system. I have also installed the guest edition to improve ...
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OSX 10.9 Mavericks VirtualBox unable to use Bridged Networking

Since upgrading to OSX 10.9 Mavericks VirtualBox machines that have a Bridged Network have been unable to start. Installing VirtualBox again solves the problem temporarily, but this does not survive ...
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Opening Windows 8 through VirtualBox on a Macbook Air

How do I open Windows through a virtual box on a Macbook Air? I tried to select a virtual CD/DVD drive, but was not sure which file to select.
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VirtualBox 4.3.26 on OSX 10.10.2 Fails to install

I am trying to install VirtualBox on my iMac and it keeps failing right at the end of the installation process. The end of the log file shows Mar 23 07:59:22 AlexsMac installd[61695]: PackageKit: ...
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How do I install Mavericks onto external HD but from inside VirtualBox

I don't want to lock down my machine for the install. Can I hand it off to a virtual box process? Open virtual box Create virtual Mac Attach Mavericks install pen drive to virtual Mac Attach real ...
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Can VirtualBox prevent Mac OS X Yosemite to boot properly?

After a few days of good experience with Yosemite, my Macbook pro cannot boot anymore. After 30 or 40% of boot, it just restarts. Here are what I did to fix it: Booting to single-user, runnign fsck -...
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OS X installer guidelines

At first, please forgive discussed rather question type. I need to build opensource software installer for OS X but I am not familiar with OS X conventions. Mentioned opensource software is complex ...
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Space Occupied By Other Files And Folders On Hard Drive

I have been using VirtualBox to create a virtual machine to run Windows 8 on and after deleting the virtual drives and virtualbox due to having issues with Windows 8, I am missing a lot of memory from ...
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Is Mac OS X in a VirtualBox VM suitable for iOS development?

I have finally successfully managed to install Mac OS X in a virtual machine on my Windows 7 laptop using VirtualBox and a tutorial from Lifehacker. Performance is very slow, with Mountain Lion ...
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Using Time Machine with Virtualization (Parallels, VirtualBox, VMWare, etc…)

Since a single small change to a VM file should (I think) cause the entire multi-gigabyte file to be backed up again, are there any ideas I can use to more effectively backup my machine? Assume that ...
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How to install Mac OSX Mountain Lion as virtual OS in Mac OSX Yosemite?

I have Macbook Pro ( late 2011) which I recently upgraded to Yosemite and works fine. It has only one hard drive which is 256GB SSD (Samsung). After purchasing I received Mountain Lion as an app in ...
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Can I move the OS X that was preinstalled on my MacBook pro to a VM running on the MacBook Pro?

I would like to run linux as the primary operating system on my MacBook Pro to replace the OS X that was pre-installed with the MacBook. I would then like to run OS X inside a virtualbox guest ...
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How to increase graphics memory in OS X running as a client in VirtualBox? [closed]

How to increase graphics memory in OS X running as a client in VirtualBox? I installed OS X in VirtualBox and I have 4 GB graphics but it is showing the graphics display as 3 MB. How can I increase ...
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Xcode 5.1.1 update error persists

I'm running OS X Lion in VirtualBox on Windows 8 (I know, that's cheating, sorry :) to be able to use Xcode. Everything worked fine, until Apple decided that they don't accept apps to the App Store ...
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Copy and pasting between host and VM

I have a host machine running OS X 10.9.3 and VirtualBox 4.3.12 VM running Windows 7. I want to copy and paste between the host machine and the VM. By default copy-pastes don't seem to be transferable ...
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In Fullscreen, disable auto-hiding Mac menu bar

(on latest Mavericks) While in VirtualBox (Ubuntu) fullscreen, on a Mac host, each time the mouse goes near the top, the Mac auto-hide menu bar appears - and I want to prevent that, or at least, ...
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How do I change the virtualbox “Host Key”?

I'm not using an apple keyboard and don't have a Left ⌘. Can I change the "Host Key" to be the Right ⌘? How?
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Mac Minis: 2012 Quad Core vs 2014 Dual Core for a virtualization host?

My office is looking to get a Mac Mini for testing our website in Safari. Because Apple now allows you to run previous versions of OS X in a VM, we will be looking to run at least Mavericks and ...
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Sending Keystrokes to a Window when it Loses Focus

I am running virtual machines for testing on a second Space using Virtualbox, and the problem is that when I'm on the primary space, the virtual machine continues to use a lot of CPU time and kills ...
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Where May I (legally) get a Mac OS X .iso File to Virtualize OS X? [duplicate]

I want to virtualize a Mac (the latest, 10.9) on my Mac (MacBook Air). I prefer to use VirtualBox. After setting up the OS X guest, I need to provide a .iso file from which VirtualBox will install OS ...
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Apt-get install tomcat7

I am currently running Mavericks. I have a Drupal7 Virtual Machine running (on VirtualBox). I am trying to install a tomcat7 server onto the VM. I have used the Terminal to SSH and login to my Drupal7 ...
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Can't run an ova file

I download virtual box from http://www.modern.ie/en-US/virtualization-tools#downloads and extracted it. When I tried to run ova file, I couldn't. $ sudo ./"IE11 - Win8.1.ova" ./IE11 - Win8.1.ova: ./...
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Can I improve network speed with VirtualBox between host and guest?

I use a VirtualBox machine with Arch Linux as development web server. I want to improve rsync transfer speed via smb://. What kind of configuration is best to improve file transfer/synchronization? ...
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Mac as virtual machine guest: How to use multiple displays?

I'm working on a test environment for testing Mac software. The plan is to use virtual machines (for example VMWare or Parallels) and install older versions as guest operating system, allowing me to ...
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Can't see install disc for Linux Mint in VirtualBox

Trying to install Mint 17 Cinnamon via VirtualBox on my MBP OSX10.9.4, with 3 different discs (various makes) made on several machines (Win and Linux). I was able to deploy vm with CentOS 6.4 with a ...
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Cannot upgrade VirtualBox installation of Mac OS 10.6.8 to Mavericks - supposedly a processor issue

I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.8 within VirtualBox 4.3.2 on a Windows machine with an i7 processor. I would like to upgrade my OS to Mavericks through the App Store. When I try to do so, I get the ...
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'localhost' stoped working as an alias for '127.0.0.1' for SSHing into my VirtualBox VM. Why, and how to fix?

The question explains the problem. For months I've never had any problems along these lines. Then, yesterday morning, I couldn't get into my VM! Took a long time to troubleshoot but here was the ...
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How to install OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) on VirtualBox 4.3?

I've seen a lot of variants of this question, but most are pretty old, and don't quite match my use case. How the heck do you get 10.8 (Mountain Lion) running on the latest version of VirtualBox, e.g....
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Error installing windows 7 on virtual box

I'm using Mavericks OS X (10.9.3), I installed virtual box v 4.3.12 and downloaded the windows7 enterprise edition image file for 64 bit (licensed version) it has the file name as ...
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Virtualbox complete fullscreen

I am running Windows via Virtualbox on my Macbook. It works fine. When I switch to fullscreen to screen the screen is actually full, but the windows windows does not spread out to the full extent. How ...
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How to switch applications using Cmd+Tab when inside VirtualBox without using Host key?

When inside VirtualBox in order to switch to an OSX app, I first press Host key which is Right Option, then I press Cmd+Tab. I wonder if there is some trick to eliminate pressing Host key before Cmd+...