Fix: Connecting USB Devices To VirtualBox On Fedora 11

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Update: This problem has been resolved in VirtualBox Version 3.0.8. Remove the following fix before upgrading to 3.0.8 to take advantage of the update.  For help on installing VirtualBox on Fedora 11, checkout our guide.

I have come across one problem with VirtualBox on Fedora 11 – USB devices are listed in the device manager but are grayed out and cannot be enabled.  To see if this problems exists on your system you can navigate to Devices > USB Devices in a running virtual machine console window.  The devices physically connected to the host are shown, but are grayed out and are not clickable, preventing them from being connected to the virtual machine.

To correct the problem, edit /etc/fstab and add the following line:

none /sys/bus/usb/drivers usbfs devgid=501,devmode=664 0 0

Substitute “devgid=501” with the id of the vboxusers group which all VirtualBox users should be part of.  The id of the vboxusers group can be found by navigating to System > Administration > Users and Groups.

Once you are finished, power off all virtual machines.  Run the following command in Fedora to enable USB support:

mount -a

When you power on your Virtual Machine next time, the USB devices under Devices should no longer be grayed out and are now clickable, allowing you to connect them to your virtual machines.


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8 responses to “Fix: Connecting USB Devices To VirtualBox On Fedora 11”

  1. ram Avatar
    ram

    It doesn't working,I am seeing the same as what I saw before

    1. Dustin Patterson Avatar

      This problem has been resolved in VirtualBox Version 3.0.8. For help on installing VirtualBox on Fedora 11, checkout our guide at <a href="http://techerator.com/2009/08/how-to-install-…” target=”_blank”>http://techerator.com/2009/08/how-to-install-

  2. ram Avatar
    ram

    It doesn't working,I am seeing the same as what I saw before

    1. dustinpatterson Avatar

      This problem has been resolved in VirtualBox Version 3.0.8. For help on installing VirtualBox on Fedora 11, checkout our guide at Reply

  3. Christian Avatar
    Christian

    I think this issue is resolved in the latetest virtualbox release. I removed the fstab entry and it still works so 🙂

    1. Dustin Patterson Avatar

      Yes, you are correct. Version 3.0.8 of VirtualBox has resolved this problem and an update has been posted at the top of the article.

      Dustin

  4. Christian Avatar
    Christian

    I think this issue is resolved in the latetest virtualbox release. I removed the fstab entry and it still works so 🙂

    1. dustinpatterson Avatar

      Yes, you are correct. Version 3.0.8 of VirtualBox has resolved this problem and an update has been posted at the top of the article.

      Dustin

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