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VMWare & Ubuntu - USB problems

Posted on 2009-02-12
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Last Modified: 2013-11-15
VMWare 1.0.6 (build-91891) with Ubuntu 8.04 (64bit) host doesn't recognize USB memory stick or SDCard.  I have two different versions of 32bit XP as the client hosts in VMWare.  Both have the appropriate settings for USB connection (USB controller: present: "The USB Controller is enabled".  But when I power on either version of XP, & go to VM -> Removable Devices -> USB devices, it only says "empty".  No USB devices recognized.  It does this whether the USB device is mounted in the host Ubuntu OS or not.

Sound & Video actually work ok, this is the last step before I conclude that Ubuntu+VMWare can run any software and do anything a pure windows setup can do plus some.  :)
Question by:sweetde23
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by:Fabio Marzocca
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I suppose you are talking about VMWare Server.
To get usb correctly detected, install the new VMWare Server 2. It is available as Open Source to download from VmWare sit here: http://www.vmware.com/freedownload/login.php?product=server20

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Thanks for the comment fmarzocca, but...

I used this guide to install both my host and clients:

And here's an excerpt: "Warning : I find VMWare Server 2.0 RC1 to be buggy, more then I would expect for a RC."

Since I've tried unsuccessfully to use vmware with previous (& later) versions of Ubuntu, and since I've had problems installing new versions of software, then going back & trying to use old ones, I'm a little hesitant to try this 2.0.  

Can you point me to a guide of someone who's used 8.04 and VMW 2.0?

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ht-docs earned 1800 total points
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Here is the description and workaround

I can offer another way, if you use USB only for storage devices:
since usb storage devices mount successfully in ubuntu host, in guest OS you can use shared folders or map a network drive to a USB device mountpoint and get access to your storage via vmware network
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by:Fabio Marzocca
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sweetde23: I am using succesfully VMWare Server 2 with Hardy since several months with no problems at all. You don't need a guide to install it, it is very straightforward. It has a nice installer which provides compilation of needed modules, then just open the browser and point to


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Thanks for the comments guys.  I will try these out as soon as I get back home.

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Thanks for the help!  The link ht-docs provided had a link to https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/qemu/+bug/156085, which entirely solved the problem.  I will eventually upgrade to 2.0, so thanks also to fmarzocca.  :)

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