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Installing Windows 7 in Virtualbox on Ubuntu

Posted on 2012-08-16
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Last Modified: 2012-09-10
I'm trying to install Windows 7 as a Virtualbox VDI in Ububtu?  My first attempt was using a Windowss 7 CD and Virtualbox kept complaining about an IDE driver not being present and yet that same scenario works fine under OS X. I then tried creating an ISO of the Windows 7 disk in Ubuntu and i get errors about the media not being bootable?? I know that's not correct because I then used the same disk on another test PC and it booted fine. So I have two questions: Why am I getting the IDE error in Virtualbox and why can't a I create an ISO of the Windows 7 disk?

Question by:MiningMacsLinux
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what are you using to create a Windows 7 iso?
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When do you get that ide error, when trying to boot the DVD, or when you want to select the virtual hd to install to?
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Author Comment

ID: 38301647
1) I tried Brasero to create the ISO, but I get "no boot media" or something close to that as a error.

2) I get the IDE error when I try to launch Windows 7 from Virtualbox to perform the actual install.

3) I can get this scenario to work fine if Windows of OS X is the host O/S.  It's only failing under Linux.
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Did you install VBox properly? Personally I prefer VMware Player anyway. I have the feeling performance is better than under VBox, and it tends to support the Aero Features of Windows 7 and also the composite features of Linux VMs better.

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MiningMacsLinux earned 0 total points
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I figured it out. I simply created a CDR file from the Windows 7 disk and converted it to ISO using hdiutil. I then moved it to the Ubuntu machine, mounted it and all is good.

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Came up with the answer myself.

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