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Old 09-15-2008, 04:31 PM
Steven Davies-Morris
 
Default Virtualbox performance issues

NoOp wrote:
> On 09/14/2008 05:02 PM, Steven Davies-Morris wrote:
>> NoOp wrote:
>
>>> You might want to give the PEUL version a try:
>>> http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
>>>
>>> Older versions are here:
>>> http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds
>>>
>>> Note: before you do, be sure to backup your ~/.VirtualBox folder
>>> just in case you need to restore.
>>>
>>> There were considerable improvements since 1.5.6. I've found 2.0.2
>>> to work quite well. Others (Steven Davies-Morris) had problems with
>>> the 2.x versions and had to stick with 1.6.6 on his system; so I'd
>>> start with 1.6.6, see how well that works for you first.
>> Concur with that last observation. The OP might want to upgrade in two
>> stages: go to 1.6.6 and make sure that everything is functioning
>> properly there. If that's the case then move on to 2.0.2 with fingers
>> crossed.
>>
>> Bizarre happenings here...
>>
>> I did a complete deinstall of VBox, including physically deleting the
>> guest addons ISO, followed by a redownload of the 2.0.2 release, a
>> fresh install, then finishing with a physical reboot of the computer
>> seems to have fixed everything. I am now on 2.0.2 on my AMD64 box.
>> It's definitely faster than the 1.6.6 release. So I can give it 2
>> thumbs up and will report that fact on the thread I started at the
>> Virtualbox and Newsbin forums.
>
> Well... I'm going back to 1.6.6 today. I keep having issues with shut
> down using 2.0.2. On one machine the guest black screens when shutting
> down the guest & maxes out the cpu then never shuts down. On the other
> machine it gives green vertical bars instead of a black screen, cpu's
> and doesn't shut down. I end up having to kill the vbox process.
>
> Sigh... looks like I'm going to be spending a few hours on the Vbox list
> & bug system today.

Sorry to hear this! :-(

I'll run 2.0.2 for a few days, now that I have it working. So far so
good.
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:23 PM
Steven Davies-Morris
 
Default Virtualbox performance issues

Steven Davies-Morris wrote:
> NoOp wrote:
>> On 09/14/2008 05:02 PM, Steven Davies-Morris wrote:
>>> NoOp wrote:
>>
>>>> You might want to give the PEUL version a try:
>>>> http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
>>>>
>>>> Older versions are here:
>>>> http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds
>>>>
>>>> Note: before you do, be sure to backup your ~/.VirtualBox
>>>> folder just in case you need to restore.
>>>>
>>>> There were considerable improvements since 1.5.6. I've found
>>>> 2.0.2 to work quite well. Others (Steven Davies-Morris) had
>>>> problems with the 2.x versions and had to stick with 1.6.6 on
>>>> his system; so I'd start with 1.6.6, see how well that works
>>>> for you first.
>>> Concur with that last observation. The OP might want to upgrade
>>> in two stages: go to 1.6.6 and make sure that everything is
>>> functioning properly there. If that's the case then move on to
>>> 2.0.2 with fingers crossed.
>>>
>>> Bizarre happenings here...
>>>
>>> I did a complete deinstall of VBox, including physically
>>> deleting the guest addons ISO, followed by a redownload of the
>>> 2.0.2 release, a fresh install, then finishing with a physical
>>> reboot of the computer seems to have fixed everything. I am now
>>> on 2.0.2 on my AMD64 box. It's definitely faster than the
>>> 1.6.6 release. So I can give it 2 thumbs up and will report
>>> that fact on the thread I started at the Virtualbox and Newsbin
>>> forums.
>>
>> Well... I'm going back to 1.6.6 today. I keep having issues with
>> shut down using 2.0.2. On one machine the guest black screens
>> when shutting down the guest & maxes out the cpu then never shuts
>> down. On the other machine it gives green vertical bars instead
>> of a black screen, cpu's and doesn't shut down. I end up having
>> to kill the vbox process.
>>
>> Sigh... looks like I'm going to be spending a few hours on the
>> Vbox list & bug system today.
>
> Sorry to hear this! :-(
>
> I'll run 2.0.2 for a few days, now that I have it working. So far
> so good.

Following up. I experienced the failure to shut down the VM today
after lunch. The vBox screen went black and off to noddy land. When I
force killed it and restarted (to bring it up then down cleanly) the
video was all shot, giving me 4 colour mode on a very small screen. A
restart of my linux box fixed that, and several start and shutdowns
haven't changed anything. I imagine another 2.0.x patch release will
be along real soon. If not, then it's back to the stability of 1.6.6.
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