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VirtualBox 4.3.10
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VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6),
What's New
Version 4.3.10:
  • VMM: more work on improving the emulation of certain MSR registers on certain host CPUs (e.g. bugs #12734, #12736, #12744, #12748, #12686, #12770)
  • VMM: fixed single-stepping for real-mode guests (VT-x without unrestricted guest execution) and some I/O instructions (bug #12636)
  • VMM: fixed a potential problem with COW pages if nested paging is not available
  • GUI: Mac OS X: experimental native full screen support for Mountain Lion and Mavericks (bug #12292)
  • GUI: Mac OS X: removed the mini-toolbar minimize button which doesn't work under Mac OS X full screen mode anyway
  • GUI: experimental HID LEDs synchronization for Windows and Mac OS X hosts: fixed keyboard re-synchronization if the feature is disabled (as done by default; bug #12758)
  • GUI: fixed a potential crash when opening the preferences menu (bug #12862)
  • OVF: fixed a crash of the VirtualBox Manager when re-starting guest export (bug #12586)
  • 3D support: several fixes
  • HGCM: fixed a problem with saved states which could cause several guest misbehavior after a VM was started from a saved state
  • Storage: fixed a bug preventing to compact differential snapshots under certain conditions
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a segmentation fault on Linux hosts if a very long path exists under /dev (bug #12760)
  • API: fixed guest misbehavior under certain conditions if a storage medium was attached or removed at VM runtime
  • Windows installer: make the --silent parameter work again (bug #12764)
  • Mac OS X Networking: prevent local traffic (VM-to/from-host) from leaking to wire (bug #12750)
  • Windows Additions: fixed the environment for guest processes (4.3.8 regression; bug #12782)
  • Windows Additions/WDDM: fixed divide by zero exception with multiple guest screens under certain conditions
  • Linux Additions: install correctly on Ubuntu guest systems with a /usr/lib64 directory (bug #12513)
  • X11 Additions: fix for the VBoxClient process not exiting correctly (bug #12348) and consuming too much processor time
Version 4.3.10:
  • VMM: more work on improving the emulation of certain MSR registers on certain host CPUs (e.g. bugs #12734, #12736, #12744, #12748, #12686, #12770)
  • VMM: fixed single-stepping for real-mode guests (VT-x without unrestricted guest execution) and some I/O instructions (bug #12636)
  • VMM: fixed a potential problem with COW pages if nested paging is not more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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Solosaint commented on 26 Mar 2014
Download link wont work due to "last minute changes" new download link is http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.3.10/VirtualBox-4.3.10-93012-OSX.dmg
[Version 4.3.10]

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MacUpdate-Nick replied on 26 Mar 2014
Thanks for letting us know. We've updated the download URL.
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Bowlerboy_jmb commented on 26 Feb 2014
I am glad (and amused) to hear that VirtualBox will work on Mavericks. What I'd like to know, if people's memories are deep enough, is when would you use it? For what purposes?

In other words, what programs would you run on that you can't do without using it? Other than taking a stroll down memory lane, where's the benefit?

I've still got a couple of Wang PC's in my attic. (I donated one of that set of three to a museum in Texas). So, I have all of the MS-DOS software (and the originally soft floppy discs!) that do with them. But, even though I'm a pack rat, I still don't bother to get them out just to look at green text on a screen anymore.
[Version 4.3.8]

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Mcr replied on 26 Feb 2014
For DOS programs, rather than using VirtualBox, you may want to look at DOS box emulators, such as DosBox, which supports Macs and Windows. The system resource requirements are significantly less, and the DOS compatibility IMO is much better than in VB, Parallels or VMWare.

I use DOSBox to run old PC games from my youth. IT has great support for emulating floppy disk drives, DOS drive letters, everything to make these programs believe they are running on real DOS. You can even adjust relative CPU speed and timing, keyboard rates, etc, since most old programs are oblivious and can't handle modern CPU and system speeds..they actually need to be slowed down to be usable. There are numerous front ends for DosBox that provide a GUI interface for editing settings, etc. I use Boxer.

http://www.dosbox.com/
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Mcr replied on 26 Feb 2014
@Bowlerboy_jmb
I reread your message again, and I got the feeling perhaps you thought VirtualBox was only supporting old software. You are aware that VirtualBox allows you to run virtualized copies of MODERN, PRESENT-DAY operating systems as well? YOu can use it to run virtualized copies of OS X, Windows, Unix and so on. I personally use Parallels, not VirtualBox, but same idea. With Parallels, I run images of Mountain Lion, MAvericks, Windows XP, Windows 7 and 8.1 and Ubuntu.
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Bowlerboy_jmb replied on 26 Feb 2014
@Mcr ... Thanks for the clarification. You are right about my mis-understanding of the range and scope of VirtualBox

I did not mean to be critical or sarcastic (why would someone even rate a query like that with a frown?). I suppose I did get the impression from you that VirtualBox was sort of retrograde, so, never having used it, I couldn't see much use for it.

Although I have licenses for both Parallels and VMware Fusion, I never really installed those virtual machines either. I have enough to do wandering through the world of Mac software, let alone mess my head up more than necessary by peering through Windows once again or exposing my Mac to viruses and other attacks to which I would rather not subject myself. The attraction to run Windows on my Mac is very low on my radar screen.

At the same time, however, I'm glad such VM software provides Mac users with that option. It's a really clever trick to make one machine believe that it something else that it is. Very heady stuff.
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Mcr replied on 27 Feb 2014
@Bowlerboy_jmb
If you already have licenses for Parallels and Fusion, I highly recommend you try out using virtual images of OS X, even if you don't care about Windows. It's a great way to try out software without worrying about harming your every day working system. Also useful if you are browsing suspect sites or downloading files you aren't sure of. click of a button , revert back to a saved image, and no harm done. I lock down my every day system as tight as I can (no Flash, HOST file that blocks advertising sites, VPN, browse only known/safe sites, etc).

I do all my experimenting and casual browsing/downloading in a virtual machine.
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Bowlerboy_jmb replied on 27 Feb 2014
@Mcr

Wow! If I get you right, then you are talking about running a virtual Mac OS X inside of a real Mac OS X machine.

What a cool idea! I don't think that I have ever read of anyone even suggesting something like that. If such a thing works, then one could actually "install" dangerous stuff like Flash inside that virtual Mac OS X machine and have a grand old time while it lasted, testing out iffy software, visiting sites will some real flashing goes on...

I see that you did mention running images of Mountain Lion and Mavericks in a vM window, but that totally went over my head, because I had been indoctrinated with the concept that using Parallels and Fusion and Boxer, I guess, was so that people could run (ugh) Windows on their Macs. To be able to run other versions of Mac OS X as a virtual machine on a real Mac computer opens up possibilities I had not considered. Thanks for the push. I'm putting it on the list of stuff to do, once I finish my eBook and website project, which must be my highest priorities right now.
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cmotdibbler replied on 26 Mar 2014
I run virtual installations of XP for the same reason I have an occasional slice of thin, round pizza (I prefer deep dish). Seriously though, there are some older scientific programs that only run in XP and occasionally I need to access those.
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Feh.-App-Store replied on 26 Mar 2014
I run Win7, Visual Studio 2012 and a photon server on virtual box for work. No other viable way to do it and nice to be able to do it, in an extremely stable app for free.
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JCH2 reviewed on 26 Feb 2014
Still THE best choice (well, only choice) in free virtual machine software. Been using it ever since I got stuck on a Mac... and use it on Linux machines... for the freedom to run anything I want in software.
[Version 4.3.8]

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JCH2 replied on 26 Feb 2014
I can also confirm that does work on Mavericks with the new version. That nonsense was Apple's fault, not Vbox.
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Jazzyguy reviewed on 26 Feb 2014
It works well for me in Mavericks.
[Version 4.3.8]


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Larry Klein commented on 29 Oct 2013
I cannot get anything but crashes/ error messages since I installed maverick. I did reinstall the same-newest version and it worked once and not since.
[Version 4.3.0]

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Larry Klein replied on 02 Nov 2013
This update seems to have fixed it for Maverick.
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Larry Klein commented on 25 Oct 2013
I had to reinstall ( the same version) to get it to work with Maverick.
[Version 4.3.0]


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Moog Modular reviewed on 20 Sep 2013
Small question, observation.
Lately my VB isn't loading.
Says there's not enough memory, but the only thing I've done is ADD more ram to the machine. Regardless, when I hit "Update" it points me to 4.2.18, but I'm running OS10.5.8 and VB 4.2.18 indicates OS10.6 minimum. So I don't know if I should update or if they just haven't a very good update routine. 2 cents here anyway. Love the program (when it's working.)
[Version 4.2.18]

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Moog Modular replied on 25 Sep 2013
Just a follow up. I was able to download and install VB 4.2.26 and it fixed the problem.
So I still don't know quite when it became 10.6 only (or if it did at all), but this helped fix my particular problem.
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WisdomL0RD reviewed on 08 Sep 2013
Great free VM ! Installing is a struggle though.
[Version 4.2.18]


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Abramurkwian commented on 21 Jun 2013
Unfortunately, it still crashes when launched from a disk other than "applications"...
[Version 4.2.14]

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Cattus-Thraex replied on 05 Jul 2013
Some apps mandatorily require to be there, this is not an argument to criticize the app, move it there. Among others, iWork also require its presence there and some others, e.g. iDocument.
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Abramurkwian replied on 05 Jul 2013
Cattus-Thraex, it is not a criticism, it is a fact - call it as you wish... But for me personally, it is unacceptable and I treat it as a serious bug. I cannot move this app to the "applications" - the purpose of my very fast SSD disk is to keep the system as fast as possible, and not to waste its valuable space for other data. Moreover, it is not good when an app tries to be "wiser" than the user.
iWork? It is a bad example; a symbolic link in an "applications" folder is enough to keep iWork running fine. Unfortunately, this is not the case with VB.
Please don't understand me wrong - VB is a great app, but this feature makes it unusable for me. Too bad!
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Virtualruffy replied on 08 Jul 2013
You make references to your unique configuration as if it is standard. There is no 'disk called applications' as part of a Mac setup. The hard drive is called Macintosh Drive or something similar not "Applications'. There is a folder called "Applications". You mix the terms and situation within your context badly and it is not evident until your second post that you are using a second drive called "Applications". Try calling the drive something else. There may be an issue in using a drive with that name and a folder with that name on a drive named the same thing.
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Abramurkwian replied on 08 Jul 2013
Sorry, my fault... In my previous posts, all occurrences of the name "applications" refer to the folder "Applications" on the system disk. Thank you for pointing out this discrepancy.
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Ed_B replied on 15 Oct 2013
Abramurkwian "it is not good when an app tries to be "wiser" than the user." You really are a moron. Code your own apps then. You KNOW Apple has requested sandboxing their apps to "play nice" with the OSX, right? Moreover for security reasons. You don't like it...tough! use a different OS. . . can't sand morons!
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Abramurkwian replied on 16 Oct 2013
Ed-b, you wrote: "You KNOW Apple has requested sandboxing their apps to 'play nice' with the OSX, right?"
Right, but the sandboxed applications do not need to reside in the "Applications" folder. In our world, almost everything can be easily explained with "security reasons", but it not a real, serious argument.
I have used Mac OSes well over 20 years and, as for today, I do not see a reason to swith to another OS. Regardless of this, I respect your opinion, but please let me to have my own.
At the end, my little suggestion: if you like to use insulting words, please find another forum. I do not think the MU is a proper place for this.
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Mikebenda replied on 03 Nov 2013
How dare they demand that applications be in the "Applications" folder! That's as crazy as requiring application support files be in the "Application Support" folder or the operating system be in the "System" folder. The user should be able to completely rearrange and even re-name every folder and file on the system to suit their home-brewed scheme. Personally, I'd demand a full refund plus damages.
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Highway Of Life reviewed on 15 Apr 2013
VirtualBox is really a fantastic (and, bonus! Free!) way to run multiple VM's. This is especially useful for much of what we're doing at Disney. I can provision an entire stack on developers machines with a combination of Vagrant and VirtualBox. It's relatively easy to use, and while it may not have all the bells and whistles that some of it's competitors have, it's a fantastic software that has active development.
[Version 4.2.12]


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Larry Klein had trouble on 25 Oct 2013
I had to reinstall ( the same version) to get it to work with Maverick.
[Version 4.3.0]


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Egami had trouble on 15 Oct 2013
I tried to give this app a shot but found it practically impossible to get it up and running. Is there a good guide to follow along somehwere?
[Version 4.3.0]


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Uniquepito had trouble on 13 Jan 2012
I can't mount my external drive - WD 750GB.
It's still grayed out - no matter what. And yeah, I have installed extensions pack! Also enabled in VM settings USB ports...
I spent hours on google, found some console hardtyped solution for this, but I don't have time and I'm not in mood to kill my time with such half-baked opensource solution. I'm not blaming developers - they did pretty good job, and this product may be enough for somebody, but not for me. Anyway - buying Parallels!
[Version 4.1.8]


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Moofthestoof had trouble on 17 May 2011
Overall it's great, but 4.0.8 was supposed to address the problems with the new processors but still crashes on my 2011 MacBook Pro Core i7. In fact, the only crashes I've ever had with this machine are while running VirtualBox. I've had to resort to running VirtualBox on a Mac Mini on my LAN and Screensharing to do my work.
[Version 4.0.8]


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xati-ba had trouble on 21 Feb 2011
Can this allow me to run Windows games on my mac like boot camp?
[Version 4.0.4]


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Gitteboy had trouble on 23 Apr 2010
Does not seem to support i5 quadcore. Only uses one core.
Is this a known issue or a know feature?
[Version 3.1.6]

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truthhurts replied on 04 May 2010
Not sure, although just to be pedantic the Core i5 is dual core with hyperthreading, not quad core. Details like that matter to virtualization software, even if we don't have to think of them day to day.
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Nitro_m replied on 20 May 2010
Don't pay to much attention to E_COMMERCE, it seems as if he don't know what he's talking about, there are most certainly quadcore i5's, i5-750 and i5-750S, read more at intels site http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=42915.

Why you can't get more than one core active could be your virtual machine settings, have you given the virtual 2 or more cores to use?
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truthhurts replied on 02 Jun 2010
I stand corrected; I was thinking of the mobile processors rather than desktop. Indeed, the first Core-i5 system Apple shipped was available in a quad-core version.

So no, I did not know what I was talking about. :-)
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Mac Adam had trouble on 25 Mar 2010
when will VirtualBox support bootcamp drives ?
[Version 3.1.6]

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Umijin replied on 25 Mar 2010
When will you be willing to pay for features like that? :-P
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truthhurts replied on 04 May 2010
I don't know, I think that was a fair response. Supporting a Bootcamp partition within a virtualization program (and doing it properly) is non-trivial. It's also of limited use for VirtualBox, since it is designed to run on many different platforms and this would be of use only on the Mac.

Really, if you need that functionality, there is perfectly good software that will do it for you - it's just not free. For pretty much any other use, VirtualBox has matured nicely.
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Pissnaround had trouble on 30 May 2009
3d acceleration seems to be problematic for all guests.
[Version 2.2.4]


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Igaucho had trouble on 25 Oct 2008
Still can't get this thing to run 64-bit OSes on a Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro. I tried to install FreeBSD 64-bit with no success.
[Version 2.0.4]

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PaulNoJustPaul replied on 25 Oct 2008
I'm hanging out for this too, unfortunately it doesn't look like it's there yet. From the FAQ:

Although the manual claims 64-bit support for VirtualBox 2.0.0 this feature is not yet available for Mac OS X hosts.

Nothing I could see in the change log suggests that's changed in later versions either.

Still, for 32 bit guests it easily does everything I need.
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Scottishwildcat replied on 22 Jan 2009
According to the manual:

"Starting with Version 2.1, you can even run 64-bit guests on a 32-bit host operating system, so long as you have sufficient hardware. "
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Algos had trouble on 08 Aug 2008
Why does this version save its log files in the application folder? I just noticed a ton of log files just sitting there... I have never seen this in previous releases.
[Version 1.6.4]



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Ededed rated on 21 Apr 2014

[Version 4.3.10]



Undeadpony rated on 14 Apr 2014

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ErvinsS rated on 26 Mar 2014

[Version 4.3.10]



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Quiiick rated on 24 Jan 2014

[Version 4.3.6]



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Lostczech rated on 19 Dec 2013

[Version 4.3.6]



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Quiiick rated on 03 Dec 2013

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LeonBe;mont2070 rated on 30 Nov 2013

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Quiiick rated on 04 Nov 2013

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veljkoskocilicgmailcom4247 rated on 02 Nov 2013

[Version 4.3.0]



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Quiiick rated on 18 Oct 2013

[Version 4.3.0]


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VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.


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