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VirtualBox 3.1: Beginner's Guide by Alfonso V Romero

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Time for action—using VBoxSDL to start a virtual machine

In this exercise, I'll show you how to run a virtual machine through the VBoxSDL interface on a Windows XP host. If you want to use a Linux host like Ubuntu, remember to omit the C:\Program Files\Sun\VirtualBox part.

  1. Make sure VirtualBox is closed, and open a Command Prompt window.
  2. Type"C:\Program Files\Sun\VirtualBox\VBoxSDL" --startvm "UbuntuVB" and hit Enter. VBoxSDL will show the following output:
    Time for action—using VBoxSDL to start a virtual machine
  3. At the same time, the UbuntuVB virtual machine window will open up. Wait until the login screen appears, and log into your Ubuntu virtual machine. If the window is too big, you can resize it, and ...

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