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VirtualBox and USB (OpenSuse)

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:38:44 -0300

To get USB devices working with VirtualBox, when the host is running Opensuse
12.1 you need:

 - VirtualBox installed (duh ;o)
 - The extension pack from Oracle (I think this means that the VB must
   be from Oracle too, it can't be the "open source" version).  To 
   install this, download and then in the VB GUI, select File/Settings,
   then Extensions, and add there (I needed to change the extension name
   of the downloaded file).
 - Configure the USB setup for the client machine (I enabled USB 2
   but I imagine that's optional)
 - Edit /etc/udev/rules.d/60-vboxdrv.rules to uncomment the security
   risk lines, and reboot.

The udev part I did not find described online, but stumbled across it by
accident while trying to understand what on earth could be happening.  Without
that, the USB devices appear greyed-out (marked as Unavailable).  Very, very
frustrating!

Andrew

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