VirtualBox 4.2.22 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu Linux

January 12, 2014 — Leave a comment

virtualbox 4.2.22

The virtualbox 4.2 series just got a new maintenance release, which brings various bug fixes. This tutorial will show you how to install it in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint.

Virtualbox 4.2.22 is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • GUI: Mac OS X host: introduced extradata option “GUI/HidLedsSync” aimed to enable HID LEDs synchronization (feature disabled by default)
  • GUI: Mac OS X host: fixed issue on MacBook Air/Pro hosts when GUI might freeze in attempt to synchronize HID LEDs
  • Main: always expose the DMI memory information to Windows 2012 guests (bug #12017)
  • HGCM: fixed crashes under certain conditions
  • Storage: fix for BLKCACHE_IOERR runtime errors under rare circumstances (bug #11030)
  • AHCI: fixed a bug which resulted in Windows XP guest hangs if a SATA CDROM is attached (bug #12417)
  • AHCI: fixed a Guru Meditation under certain conditions
  • 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)
  • 3D support: many fixes
  • Linux Additions: support Enterprise Linux 6.5 kernels (bug #12505)
  • Windows Additions: fixed guest crashes in in Shared Folders service under certain conditions

Install Virtualbox 4.2.x:

Method 1: Download and install the .deb package from this page.

Method 2: If you’re familiar with Linux commands, run below commands one by one in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) will add virtualbox for Linux repository and install the deb packages:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.2

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