xVM VirtualBox 1.6.2 Available

Cranking right along, the team today released version 1.6.2 of xVM VirtualBox.  This is a release with a number of really good bug fixes in it.  If you're using 1.6.0 then this may be worth an upgrade for you.  If you're not using VirtualBox yet, then this is a great place to start.  Here's a list of some of the fixes.

  • GUI: fixed a bug which prevented to add more than one SATA drive from the GUI
  • GUI: fixed a regression introduced in 1.6.0: the fullscreen mode was left on every guest video mode switch
  • GUI: fixed several minor issues
  • Networking: fixed a host interface networking regression introduced in 1.6.0
  • VMM: fixed starting of VMs with AMD-V enabled
  • VMM: massive performance enhancements for AMD-V
  • VMM: stability improvements for AMD-V on Windows hosts
  • VMM: correctly detect AMD CPUs with erratum 170 (AMD-V)
  • VMM: detect inconsistent timestamp counters on certain AMD Phenom CPUs (Windows host only)
  • VMM: fixed KVM check (Linux hosts only) XPCOM: fixed several races
  • VMM: fixed a regression introduced in 1.6.0: Windows stuck during installation
  • SATA: improved performance with Vista guests
  • SATA: fixed statistics counter
  • Shared Folders: several fixes (iTunes download, speed up browsing)
  • ATA/IDE: fixed boot from CDROM if a medium was added while the boot menu was active
  • Networking: provide an Intel PRO/1000 T Server (82543GC) network device emulation which is recognized by Windows XP guests
  • Networking: fixes for the E1000 emulation (don't crash if not attached, fixed a bug in the statistics counter implementation)
  • NAT: don't crash if the guest sent a DHCPRELEASE message with an invalid IP address
  • NAT: fixed ARP reply for the NAT gateway and for the NAT name server if the guest IP range was changed
  • Internal Networking: fixed shutdown if more than two VMs are connected to the same network
  • BIOS: allow to change the DMI informatiton (see chapter 9.13, Con'guring the BIOS DMI information, page 125)
  • RTC: fixed UIP emulation to prevent jumping of time in Solaris guests
  • Windows host: VirtualBox installation directory corrected for 64 bits Windows
  • Windows host: fixed VBoxVRDP.exe symlink
  • Windows host: solved locking problems in raw partition VMDK support
  • Windows host: fixed stability during high system load (page fault in KeQueryActiveProcessors)
  • MacOS X host: fixed crashes under certain conditions
  • Shared Folders: limited users without admin rights now also can use Shared Folders on Windows guests
  • Linux hosts: fixed default runlevel for the kernel module helper script
  • Solaris hosts: enabled support for VT-x and AMD-V
  • Solaris hosts: dynamic loading of libdlpi fixes a problem where Solaris 10 was not able to start a VM
  • Linux additions: fixed runlevels for kernel module helper scripts
  • Linux additions: compatibility fixes with Linux 2.6.26
  • Linux additions: fixed occasional guest kernel crash during unload of the vboxadd guest kernel module

Comments:

What do you mean by:
Windows host: VirtualBox installation directory corrected for 64 bits Windows

vbox doesn't support 64 bit Windows....

Posted by Che Kristo on June 06, 2008 at 11:57 AM PDT #

che, that's why it says "host" and not "guest"

vbox works on 64 bit hosts

Posted by Phobos on June 10, 2008 at 03:20 PM PDT #

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