Install Guest-Additions on Ubuntu 10.10 Beta : Workaround

By | 2010/09/08

I took some time today to check out Ubuntu 10.10 Beta. So far I’m impressed with some of the improvements, and I’ll blog about those later, but in the meantime I thought I’d share a workaround I came across in getting Guest Additions working when running Ubuntu 10.10 inside VirtualBox.

My first attempt at getting Guest Additions installed was by mounting the CD and running the command:

sudo ./

While this attempted to compile the drivers necessary for Guest Additions, it never seemed to work. After repeated reboots and rebuilds, I could never get a better resolution. After a little searching I came across a solution that seems to take care of the problem.

To install Guest Additions in Ubuntu 10.10 Beta, you’ll need to install a pre-packaged version available through the repositories. You can run the command below, or click on the URL:

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose-guest-x11

After a quick reboot you should be set.

I hope you enjoy Ubuntu 10.10 Beta (and forward). It’s the little things like this that make testing it in a virtual machine worthwhile.

9 thoughts on “Install Guest-Additions on Ubuntu 10.10 Beta : Workaround

  1. steve p.

    Thanks so much for this. As you say, it makes testing the beta so much more enjoyable.

  2. Benoit S.

    Thanks a lot for this quick tutorial, I was desperate to have a better resolution on my Ubuntu guest.
    You saved my day 😀

  3. Methuselah

    Thanks! It took me two resizings of the window to get the full 1920×1080, but now I’m a happy camper.

  4. Colek

    as you say, installing vboxlinuxaddition not giving a significant effect. then i follow your instruction here, and it work. many thanks.

  5. Heath Jordan

    Thanks for these instructions. You definitely saved me and probably many others some time.

  6. maks

    Thanks for your instructions!
    But I still have the problem with resolution. There are only 2 variants in Monitor Preferences: 640×480 and 800×600. How do you think, what is the reason for this problem?

  7. Max

    Thanks alot! Much easier than other procedures (that didn’t work).

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