OpenSolaris B131 and VirtualBox 3.1.4 beta 1 Truly Magic

Hi All,

 So I'm typing this in on Firefox, running on Windows 7 Ultimate, as a client on B131, VB 3.1.4 beta 1.

Man VB 3.1.4 beta 1 is fast, or maybe it's getting off Nevada and onto OpenSolaris.

 I've toasted my Evolution install, but I'll get it right in the end.

Mplayer is doing m4vs without any issues at all, full screen, GL output, great sound.



I want to try the other way around Windows 7 Host, B131 Guest. Do you happen to know if the Guest Additions for Solaris work well wit B131?

Posted by Joe Mocker on January 29, 2010 at 06:00 AM PST #

Hi Joe,

I don't have a setup to test that configuration.


Posted by David Clack on January 29, 2010 at 06:45 AM PST #

Joe, the guest additions do work. The package will fail to install because certain directories do not exist. Create the directories, pkgrm and then pkgadd again and it works just fine.

I'm not too sure where this beta of VB came from. Possibly it's an internal build because I can't find it on

Posted by Lewis Thompson on January 30, 2010 at 07:56 PM PST #

Here you go :-)

Please do not use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines.
A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release
meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

You can download the binaries here:

Please do NOT open bug reports at
but use our 'VirtualBox Beta Feedback' forum at

to report any problems with the Beta.

Version 3.1.4 will be maintenance release. The following items were fixed
and/or added:

\* VMM: SMP stability fixes
\* VMM: fixed guru meditation in certain rare cases (bug #5968)
\* VMM: activate NXE for PAE enabled guests (VT-x and AMD-V on 32 bits
hosts only; bug #3578)
\* VMM: added workaround for broken BIOSes that make VirtualBox think
AMD-V is in use (for details see bug #5639)
\* VMM: fixed rare host reboot when restoring a saved state
\* VMM: turn on nested paging by default for new VMs (if available;
VT-x and AMD-V only)
\* VMM: turn on VPID by default for new VMs (if available; VT-x only)
\* VMM: perform strict CPUID compatibility checks when teleporting; to
get the old behavior set "VBoxInternal/CPUM/StrictCpuIdChecks" to 0
\* VBoxManage: add restorecurrent operation to snapshots command
\* VBoxManage: fixed broken snapshot lookup by name (bug #6070
\* GUI: fixed the broken "Reload" button that reloads the machine XML
when a machine is inaccessible
\* 3D Support: fixed SELinux warning saying requires text
relocation (bug #5690)
\* 3D Support: fixed Corrupted surface rendering (bug #5695)
\* 3D Support: free textures on guest application termination (bug #5206)
\* Seamless: disable seamless mode when guest changes screen resolution
(bug #5655)
\* NAT: fixed high CPU load under certain circumstances (Windows hosts only;
bug #5787)
\* NAT: fixed handling of the broadcast flag in DHCP requests
\* Virtio-net: don't crash when ports accessed beyond the valid range
(bug #5923)
\* LsiLogic: fix for Windows 7 guests
\* ATA: fix for guru meditation when installing Solaris 8 guests (bug #5972)
\* VHD: fixed an incompatibility with Virtual PC (bug #5990)
\* VHD: update the footer backup after setting a new UUID (bug #5004)
\* Host DVD: really fixed loading "passthrough" setting from config file
(bug #5681)
\* Shared folders: fixed resolving of symlink target on Linux (3.1.2
\* VRDP: fixed VERR_NET_ADDRESS_IN_USE error when restarting a VM
(3.1 regression; bug #5902)
\* PulseAudio: fixed recording (bug #4302)
\* USB: fixed a shutdown blue screen (Windows hosts only; bug #5885)
\* BIOS: fixed attribute during text scroll (bug #3407)
\* OVF: fix strange error messages on disk import errors
\* OVF: do not require write access the the .ovf file during import
(3.1 regression; bug #5762)
\* iSCSI: fix taking snapshots of a running VM (#5849)
\* Solaris hosts: several USB fixes (including support for Apple iPod;
bug #5873)
\* Solaris installer: fixed USB module removal and Solaris 10 "id"
binary incompatibility
\* Guest Additions: fixed wrong guest time adjustment if the guest clock
is ahead (3.1 regression; non-Windows guests only)
\* Linux Additions: fixed shared folders for Linux 2.6.32 guests (bug #5891)
\* Linux Additions: make the mouse driver work on Debian 5.0.3 guests again
(3.1.2 regression, bug #5832)
\* Windows Additions: fixed malfunctioning VBoxService that broke time-sync
(bug #5872)
\* Windows Additions: fixed uninstallation issues on 64-bit guests
\* Windows Additions: fixed some sysprep execution issues
\* X.Org Additions: never reject the saved video mode as invalid (bug #5731)
\* XFree86 Additions: accept video mode hints for the initial mode again

Thanks for your help!

Posted by David Clack on January 30, 2010 at 11:52 PM PST #

@Lewis. Are you talking about the Guest Additions for 3.1.2? They definitely do not work with B131, at least the vboxmouse and vboxvideo drivers for Xorg, since there was an incompatible change to Xorg modules in B130 (or so Allen Coopersmith says).

Hence my reason for trying VBox 3.1.4 (Beta). I did give it a try on Friday, it has problems too, but something new as far as I could tell. I may try to investigate this more tomorrow.

Posted by Joe Mocker on February 01, 2010 at 05:38 AM PST #

@Joe aha, I see what you mean. I've just had a quick poke and somehow I have a SPARC Xorg binary. I think I screwed this one up but will create a new VM and do it properly tomorrow... :)

Posted by Lewis Thompson on February 01, 2010 at 09:05 AM PST #

b131 definitely works with 3.1.4 guest additions. personally I still hit CR# 6917582 (Xorg X86 130/131 segfault) which should be fixed by the b132 Xorg packages

Posted by Lewis Thompson on February 01, 2010 at 10:32 PM PST #

Hi All,

I'm running separate nvidia Xorg screens, I don't see any Xorg issues.

With Compiz running eight desktops, the system is way faster than Nevada B130.

9000+ fps no Compiz, 5000+ fps with Compiz from glxgears.

My testing of VB is does it load from save fast, without hanging the system.


Posted by David Clack on February 01, 2010 at 11:17 PM PST #


Finally got it working. I hit a couple of bugs, I think mainly cause I created a new B131 guest from scratch by doing

pkg set-publisher -O
pkg image-update
<install Guest Additions>

First I hit CR#6913908 with workaround

ln -s /usr/sfw/lib/amd64 /usr/sfw/lib/64

And then defect #13976 with workaround

pfexec usermod -d /var/lib/gdm gdm

After those were executed, vboxvideo and vboxmouse appear to work fine.

Posted by Joseph Mocker on February 02, 2010 at 05:22 AM PST #

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