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VirtualBox 4.3.6 Released

Posted by essjae on December 26, 2013

https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

VirtualBox 4.3.6 (released 2013-12-18)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation VINF_EM_TRIPLE_FAULT caused by VMCB caching with nested paging on certain AMD CPUs (bug #12451)
  • VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation VERR_VMX_UNEXPECTED_INTERRUPTION_EXIT_TYPE while intercepting debug exceptions (VT-x only; bug #12410)
  • VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation VERR_SVM_UNEXPECTED_EXIT while intercepting debug register accesses (AMD-V only; bug #12481)
  • VMM: fixed a VERR_SSM_STRUCTURE_MAGIC error when trying to load a saved state made with VBox 4.3.4 when VT-x/AMD-V is disabled. Unfortunately, VBox 4.3.4 produced broken saved states for this configuration so you have to discard these states (bug #12414)
  • VMM: added a few more MSRs to the whitelist required by certain guests (bug #12245)
  • GUI: fixed deleting of inaccessible VMs (4.3 regression, bug #12205)
  • GUI: fixed warnings in VM settings / number of guest processors (bug #12480)
  • Main: don’t automatically enable 64-bit guests on 64-bit hosts if VT-x/AMD-V is not available (bug #12424)
  • Main: always expose the DMI memory information to Windows 2012 guests (bug #12017)
  • Main: fixed occasional crashes on guest display resolution change (bug #7063)
  • Main: fixed reporting back temporary name when calling IGuestSession::DirectoryCreateTemp() (bug #12498)
  • API: fix for a hang when launching a GUI VM through the API, which crashes due to GUI unavailability
  • Storage: fix for BLKCACHE_IOERR runtime errors under rare circumstances (bug #11030)
  • Network: allow to start more than 5 PCNet instances (bug #12426)
  • E1000: if the cable was disconnected before the guest initialized the device, the link status was not properly set to ‘down’ after the initialization completed despite the fact that there was no connection
  • 3D support: fixed offset of guest 3D image elements (Mac OS X Retina hosts only; bug #11021)
  • Solaris hosts: fixed accessing the host driver from non-global zones (4.3 regression, bug #12271)
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VirtualBox 4.3.4 Released Nov 29

Posted by essjae on December 5, 2013

A little late on this one.

VirtualBox 4.3.4 (released 2013-11-29)
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog
This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • VMM: fix for a bug in the Local APIC emulation causing a BSOD when booting certain guests (4.3.0 regression; bug #12240)
  • VMM: fixed loading of saved states if VT-x/AMD-V was disabled (4.3.2 regression; bug #12291)
  • VMM: fixed single-stepping inside the guest for certain instructions (VT-x only; bug #10947)
  • VMM: fixed a performance issue involving APIC accesses after rebooting a VM (4.3.0 regression; VT-x only; bug #12296)
  • VMM: fixed TPR patching to be enabled for 32-bit guests even when the chosen guest type is 64-bit (4.3.0 regression; AMD-V only)
  • VMM: fixed occasional VINF_EM_TRIPLE_FAULT errors on hosts without the unrestricted guest execution feature (bug #12198)
  • GUI: don’t bother the user with the BPP warning if no Guest Additions are installed
  • GUI: fixed machine-window paint artifacts on VM reboot / guest-screen resize
  • GUI: make sure the assigned license and description are attached to the exported appliance
  • GUI: fixed bugs in close VM action restrictions handling (bug #12333)
  • GUI: fixed incorrect wizards text colors for some unusual look and feel styles (bug #11743)
  • GUI: should restore seamless mode as soon as possible after VM reboot or shutdown
  • GUI: fixes for medium enumeration
  • GUI: the OS X hot corners were not accessible while a VirtualBox VM is running (Mac OS X hosts only; bug #4139)
  • GUI: fixed an old bug which bared the host from cleanly shutdown / reboot if the VM selector window is open (Mac OS X hosts only; bug #8254)
  • Host-only Networking: fixed creating of host-only network interfaces (4.3.0 regression; bug #12182)
  • NAT: don’t run into an infinite loop in case the host cannot access any DNS server (4.3.0 regression; bug #12300)
  • NAT: don’t re-connect the cable if the DNS information changes and the cable was disconnected before (4.3.0 regression; bug #12225)
  • NAT: fixed several issues with automatically starting / terminating of NAT networks on VM start / stop and configuration changes
  • VBoxNetDHCP: don’t block prevent VBoxSVC from terminating (bug #12264)
  • 2D Video acceleration: fix crashes on presentation mode switches (bug #9194)
  • BusLogic: allow to run VMs with more than one BusLogic SCSI controller enabled
  • Keyboard: fixed a VM crash if a VM was resumed from a saved state where at least one key was pressed (bug #11289)
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a heap corruption under certain conditions (4.3.0 regression)
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a race leading to a hang during initialization (bug #12349)
  • OVF: fixed import logic for OVF appliances containing multiple VMs
  • OVF: improved logic for finding an appropriate image format during OVF import
  • API: block the removal of the current snapshot if it has child snapshots (only relevant for VMs without snapshottable hard disks, their presence always prevented removal), which resulted in VM configuration corruption
  • API: mark VM configurations with snapshots but without current snapshot as inaccessible, as this combination is nonsense
  • API: fixed information for some automatically generated events (only with XPCOM, Windows host was not affected), which caused errors when getting some of the attributes over the webservice (bug #12379)
  • SDK: extended the functionality coverage for the C bindings
  • Guest Control: various bug fixes and improved VBoxManage help (bugs #8072#11044#12336#12338#12346#12371)
  • Windows hosts: another attempt to fix the massive DPC latency (bug #6242)
  • Windows host installer: make registering file extensions optional, contributed by Tal Aloni (bug #8009)
  • Mac OS X hosts: properly sign the kernel extensions for Mavericks hosts (bug #12256)
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed a bug where the VirtualBox dock icon was not properly removed from the dock after a VM terminated preventing Mavericks hosts from shutting down (bug #12241)
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed minor installer issue (bug #12275)
  • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.13 compile fixes (bug #12358)
  • Linux guests: build the vboxvideo kernel module correctly on OL/RHEL 6.1 guests (bug #11996)
  • Linux guests: make 3D work on Slackware 14.1 (bug #12320 comments 3 and 4)
  • Guest Additions/3D: fixed an occasional dead-lock (bug #12319)
  • Windows Additions/3D: fixed possible memory leaking (bug #12228)
  • Windows Additions/XPDM: use separate tables containing valid video modes for each virtual monitor
  • Windows Additions: fixed automatic logins for Vista and newer Windows guests (bug #12332)

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“Not enough memory” error message and Windows Phone 8 Emulator does not start in Windows 8.1

Posted by essjae on December 5, 2013

There is a recent KB that addresses some issues that have appeared every so often on the TechNet forums.  Since the WP8 emulator uses Hyper-V any related memory issues with running Hyper-V VMs on 8.1 should also be covered by this.

“Not enough memory” error message and Windows Phone 8 Emulator does not start in Windows 8.1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2911380

The Windows Phone 8 Emulator does not start on a computer that is running Windows 8.1 and that has fewer than 8 gigabytes (GB) of RAM if many programs are running at the same time. Additionally, you receive the following error message:
“The Windows Phone Emulator wasn’t able to ensure the virtual machine was running:

Something happened while starting a virtual machine: ‘Emulator Name’ could not initialize. (Virtual machine ID GUID)
Not enough memory in the system to start the virtual machine Emulator Name with ram size 1024 megabytes. (Virtual machine ID GUID)”

Additional troubleshooting can be found here:  https://smudj.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/troubleshooting-windows-8-and-hyper-vwindows-phone-8-emulator/

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