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VirtualBox: No USB?

On 01/23/2011 01:09 AM, Bill Bogstad wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 12:41 AM, David Kramer <david-8uUts6sDVDvs2Lz0fTdYFQ at> w=
>> ...
>> I see all sorts of tutorials online that refer to there being a
>> button/icon that lists USB devices that I can choose to take control o=
>> but I don't see one.
>> This is what I have installed:
>> $ dpkg-query -l '*virtualbox*' | grep ii
>> ii  virtualbox-guest-additions
>>   3.2.8-1~lucid1
>>   guest additions iso image for VirtualBox
>> ii  virtualbox-ose
>>   3.2.8-dfsg-2ubuntu1~lucid1
>>   x86 virtualization solution - base binaries
>> ii  virtualbox-ose-dkms
>>   3.2.8-dfsg-2ubuntu1~lucid1 x86
>>   virtualization solution - kernel module
>> ii  virtualbox-ose-qt
>>   3.2.8-dfsg-2ubuntu1~lucid1
>>   x86 virtualization solution - Qt based user
> You have the fully open source version installed (OSE).   The USB
> functionality is not included in that version.  This web page gives
> info on the different editions:
> The OSE version are fully GPL'ed and included in the standard Ubuntu
> repositories.  The PUEL version are not and have to be obtained
> directly from
> I don't know if you can use a VM created with the OSE version with the
> PUEL executable, but you could give it a try.  I would start with the
> equivalent PUEL version which can be found on this page:
Just to add to this, I have not really every been able to use the USB
for syncing via VBOX when I had the blackberry although I had no problem
using it for thumb drives. But, KVM does have the functionality when
started from the keyboard.

Jerry Feldman <gaf-mNDKBlG2WHs at>
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