VM VirtualBox: Guest additions won't install

I'm trying to test weather Visual Studio Code - Code Editing. Redefined with the Excel Viewer - Visual Studio Marketplace plugin will work under fedora 12  stand alone (No Internet)

I have a fedora 17 running in a VM VirtualBox at home, I know it's the wrong version, but I figured it would be close enough for this test
having tried to install visualstudio code on the stand alone I know it has dependencies  See Here

unfortunately the Firefox  version wont load the above links, Nor experts-exchange.com, I keep getting connection reset errors other pages load like google and stackoverflow

The Guest additions won't install either so I can't access drives on the host machine, a USB drive nor shared clipboard etc
I get error
Guest additions: Kernel headers not found for target kernel 

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Tried to run
yum update kernel

Error: Cannot retrieve metalink for repository fedora. 

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Any Suggestions?
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Martyn SpencerSoftware Developer / Linux System Administrator / Managing DirectorCommented:
You actually need to install the kernel-headers package. This should be enough.

please check the following link:


I remain attentive to your comments.
nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
The guest additions actually compile some kernel drivers.
To be able to do that it needs the kernel-headers installed. (and compiler etc. those probably are already installed, if not you will get a warning about it).

yum update
yum install kernel-headers

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should do that.
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trevor1940Author Commented:
I tried both your suggestions
I'm still getting this error both times

Error: Cannot retrieve metalink for repository fedora. 

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@RAFA step of your link  "yum -y install epel-release"
@noci  "yum update"
trevor1940Author Commented:
Tried to follow the suggestions here still got same error

Not totally sure if I'm editing the correct file or line

Wondering if it'll be simpler to DL a working VM, ?

16 on
this page is the only 1 with  Guest Additions Installed but when I tried to run it crashed with memory issues
trevor1940Author Commented:
I wasn't able to get anything but a fedora 19 to work in a VM
so I booted and old pc in Fedora 12 of a live CD
I mentioned  visualstudio code  has dependencies it turns out the dependencies  have dependencies  some of which are not available for   Fedora 12

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