Virtualbox to 4.2.12 problems with Ubuntu

After updating Virtualbox to 4.2.12 and updating the guest additions on my Ubuntu 12.10 the guest suddenly started having problems with the graphics driver ( wouldn’t start correctly, only starts in “rescue” mode). I did a bit of googling, and it seems other users are also affected (mainly 12.04 and 12.10 Ubuntu), and it seems to affect people who upgraded from virtualbox guest addditions 4.2.10 -> 4.2.12

Here the quick and dirty workaround to the problem: download the 4.2.10 guest additions and use them.

Will need to reboot or make sure the new modules are loaded and restart X afterwards.

New Virtualbox version, script for easy update of extension pack

VirtualBox 4.1.10 was released yesterday with a few nice things in the changelog. Updating virtualbox itself is easy, just download the package and update it. Since I seem to stumble over the update of the extension pack every time (on my headless system) I thought I’d write a small script this time so I don’t have to rethink it next time (automatically downloads and installs the current extpack):


Virtualbox update

Anyone running Ubuntu as a Virtualbox guest is advised to update to Virtualbox 4.0.6 (+ the extensions) that was released today. ┬áDon’t forget to recompile the guest additions after upgrading to 4.0.6. Besides the usual stuff in the changelog, the update fixes a problem with screen resolution in Ubuntu 11.04. Since the Ubuntu update is just around the corner updating Virtualbox beforehand will prevent a bit of hassle.