This sections describes known problems with VirtualBox 4.0.0. Unless marked otherwise, these issues are planned to be fixed in later releases.
The following Guest SMP (multiprocessor) limitations exist:
Poor performance with 32-bit guests on AMD CPUs. This affects mainly Windows and Solaris guests, but possibly also some Linux kernel revisions. Partially solved in 3.0.6 for 32 bits Windows NT, 2000, XP and 2003 guests. Requires 3.0.6 or higher Guest Additions to be installed.
Poor performance with 32-bit guests on certain Intel CPU models that do not include virtual APIC hardware optimization support. This affects mainly Windows and Solaris guests, but possibly also some Linux kernel revisions. Partially solved in 3.0.12 for 32 bits Windows NT, 2000, XP and 2003 guests. Requires 3.0.12 or higher Guest Additions to be installed.
64-bit guests on some 32-bit host systems with VT-x can cause instabilities to your system. If you experience this, do not attempt to execute 64-bit guests. Refer to the VirtualBox user forum for additional information.
For Direct3D support in Windows guests to work, the Guest Additions must be installed in Windows "safe mode". Press F8 when the Windows guest is booting and select "Safe mode", then install the Guest Additions. Otherwise Windows' file protection mechanism will interfere with the replacement DLLs installed by VirtualBox and keep restoring the original Windows system DLLs.
Guest control. On Windows guests, a process lauched via the guest control execute support will not be able to display a graphical user interface unless the user account under which it is running is currently logged in and has a desktop session.
Also, to use accounts without or with an empty password, the
guest's group policy must be changed. To do so, open the group policy
editor on the command line by typing
gpedit.msc, open the key
Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security
Settings\Local Policies\Security Options and change the value
of Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to
console logon only to Disabled.
Compacting virtual disk images is limited to
VDI files. The
VBoxManage modifyhd --compact
command is currently only implemented for VDI files. At the moment the
only way to optimize the size of a virtual disk images in other formats
(VMDK, VHD) is to clone the image and then use the cloned image in the
OVF localization (multiple languages in one OVF file) is not yet supported.
Some OVF sections like StartupSection, DeploymentOptionSection and InstallSection are ignored.
OVF environment documents, including their property sections and appliance configuration with ISO images, are not yet supported.
Remote files via HTTP or other mechanisms are not yet supported.
Neither scale mode nor seamless mode work correctly with guests using OpenGL 3D features (such as with compiz-enabled window managers).
On Mac OS X hosts, the following features are not yet implemented:
CPU frequency metric
Mac OS X Server guests:
Mac OS X Server guests can only run on a certain host hardware. For details about license and host hardware limitations, please see the section called “Mac OS X Server guests”.
VirtualBox does not provide Guest Additions for Mac OS X Server at this time.
The graphics resolution currently defaults to 1024x768 as Mac OS X Server falls back to the built-in EFI display support. See the section called “Video modes in EFI” for more information on how to change EFI video modes.
Even when idle, Mac OS X Server guests currently burn 100% CPU. This is a power management issue that will be addressed in a future release.
Mac OS X Server guests only work with one CPU assigned to the VM. Support for SMP will be provided in a future release.
Depending on your system and version of Mac OS X Server, you might experience guest hangs after some time. This can be fixed by turning off energy saving (set timeout to "Never") in the system preferences.
By default, the VirtualBox EFI enables debug output of the Mac OS X Server kernel to help you diagnose boot problems. Note that there is a lot of output and not all errors are fatal (they would also show on your physical Mac). You can turn off these messages by issuing this command:
VBoxManage setextradata "VM name" "VBoxInternal2/EfiBootArgs" " "
To revert to the previous behavior, use:
VBoxManage setextradata "VM name" "VBoxInternal2/EfiBootArgs" ""
There is no support for USB devices connected to Solaris 10 hosts.
USB support on Solaris hosts requires kernel version snv_124 or higher. Webcams and other isochronous devices are known to have poor performance.
No ACPI information (battery status, power source) is reported to the guest.
No support for using wireless adapters with bridged networking.
Guest Additions for OS/2. Shared folders are not yet supported with OS/2 guests. In addition, seamless windows and automatic guest resizing will probably never be implemented due to inherent limitations of the OS/2 graphics system.