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VirtualBox networking (and other) problems
Long-time reader Elaine Marmel encountered a frustrating problem with her VirtualBox setups.
- “I use VirtualBox — or at least I try to use it — so that I can have a separate ‘test PC.’
“My host is a standard PC: a Win7 x64 desktop machine with 8GB of RAM and a wired network adapter connected to a router and cable modem. My guest virtual machine (VM) is a Win7 x32 machine using bridged networking.
“I have no problems with my host machine making network connections. My laptop connects just fine, too. So I don’t think I have any physical equipment problems.
“Recently, the guest VM takes forever to connect to the host. The swirly round thing just keeps on trying, like the Energizer Bunny. I’ve actually seen it take 20 minutes (yes, minutes) to connect. I haven’t made any hardware or software changes to my configuration; this problem just seemed to start over the summer.
“I have hunted in the Internet and VirtualBox forums, and I’ve found a few references to a similar problem. But most of the solutions are over my head — they talk about adding code. I wouldn’t know where to begin with something like that.