Friday Jan 15, 2010

Audio in 64-bit Windows guests

In case you haven't noticed, a lot of Fat Bloke's Blogs are reminders to self ;-) Here's another one... 

If you have created a 64-bit Windows 7 virtual machine, you may think it is awfully quiet. This is because the 64-bit version of Windows 7 does not ship with drivers for the audio device (AC 97) which VirtualBox presents to the guest OS.

If you want audio you have to go get the drivers and install them yourself. I got mine from Realtek site. 

Once you have installed them, and rebooted, you should get audio just fine.

- FB 

Wednesday Jan 21, 2009

Windows 7 on VirtualBox - The Movie

FatBloke goes all Hollywood with the new FatBloke TV Show

One of the first episodes covers running Windows 7 as a guest and is embedded below.

(BTW you can view the movie full screen to see the intricacies)

Enjoy!

-FB

Monday Jan 12, 2009

Windows 7 on VirtualBox

Microsoft made Windows 7 beta available last Friday (Jan 9th, 2009) so decided to quickly take a look using VirtualBox on my Mac. This blog is about how I made it work.

If you know VirtualBox then the only non-standard step concerns the Guest Additions (Step 4 below)

(Editors Note: Since the release of version 2.1.2 Windows 7 works out of the box. )

1. Download the dvd iso from the Microsoft Windows 7 site

N.B. The Microsoft Download Manager uses ActiveX and so only worked in Internet Explorer. So I downloaded it from an XP instance running in VirtualBox to a Shared Folder on my Mac.

2. Create a New Virtual Machine in VirtualBox.

Although Microsoft recommend 1G for RAM, I used 512MB and it works great. Here are the rest of my settings:

Sun xVM VirtualBox

3. Install Windows 7

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

Choose Custom Installation as we're doing a clean install into a virgin vm.

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

Voila!

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

4. Install Guest Additions

To install the Guest Additions we need to select "Devices...Install Guest Additions" to mount the additions iso. There is a check in the setup program, for version 2.1.0 and earlier, that prevents installation on Windows 7, so we need to run the installer in Vista compatibility mode. Do this by opening an explorer window showing the guest additions CD...

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

...and right click the 32 or 64-bit installer and select Properties. Now set the Compatibility Mode to Vista, and run it to install as usual.

Windows 7 [Running] - Sun xVM VirtualBox

5. Reboot

Now finally you need to reboot and you're done.

Fullscreen

Windows 7 on your Mac (or Windows/Linux/Solaris PC too), pretty cool huh?

-FB

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