View Full Version : Free virtualization software?

12-14-2009, 05:28 PM
So...I just set up VirtualBox to run Ubuntu on my MacBook. However, I found out the hard way that VirtualBox isn't compatible with audio CDs.

Is there a >>FREE<< virtualization app that CAN handle audio CDs??

12-14-2009, 06:17 PM
Have you installed the Virtual Box Guest Additions? LINK (http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/virtualbox-guest-addons.html)

As far as usable free virtualization software is concerned, Virtual Box is it.


12-14-2009, 07:05 PM
What do you mean it can't "handle" audio CDs? Could you please be a little more specific.

12-14-2009, 08:31 PM
What do you mean it can't "handle" audio CDs? Could you please be a little more specific.

I would like to know as well. I've had good luck with VB, but have never tried playing an audio CD on a guest OS. VB has worked just fine with software CD's and DVD's however. If there is an issue, I'd like to know so I can prepare myself a work around if needed. Thanks!

12-14-2009, 10:16 PM
Why use an audio CD in a guest OS if you can just use it in the host OS?

Besides I think you should mount the host drive in the VM. Enable it in the settings if it isn't working. (Devices > Mount CD/DVD ROM > you should be able to find the right option, I don't have VB open right now)

12-15-2009, 10:34 AM
Here's the thing...VirtualBox can read data CDs (sort of), but it won't touch audio CDs. It even says that in the manual. I learned that after I popped an audio CD in, and suddenly neither the host nor the guest OS would read it. It even caused the SuperDrive to be 100&#37; disabled until I exited out of VirtualBox.

leopard-user1 - the reason I want to use an audio CD in Ubuntu is that I can get Exact Audio Copy running on the Linux side via wine; can't do that with Darwine or the OSX version of wine. I need Exact Audio Copy so I can rip my CDs for my iPod with a reliable rip -- the error correction in iTunes is spotty at best; Max is good, but not quite as stringent as Exact Audio Copy.

I was able to RUN Exact Audio Copy on the virtualized Ubuntu, but when I popped a CD in is when the mess started. During the initial setup and calibration, it asks for an audio CD. When I put in an audio CD, it says the CD is not an audio CD. That's when I checked the manual, and the manual indeed confirms that VirtualBox will not work with audio CDs [yet].

chscag -- Hmm, didn't even know about the guest additions! I'll give that a shot. If it doesn't work, then I guess I could just revert to a dual-boot like I did before...I'm hoping that I can do this without having to boot directly into Ubuntu...eh, what the hey, maybe I will try one of the commercial packages...

12-15-2009, 03:46 PM
My guess is that if the manual says it won't work, it just won't work. You're going to have to find an alternative solution.