[CentOS] CentOS 6.5 VirtualBox

Fri Dec 6 00:19:32 UTC 2013
Fred Smith <fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us>

On Thu, Dec 05, 2013 at 05:59:36PM -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM, Fred Smith
> <fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us> wrote:
> > >
> > Not arguing with you, but... I recall hearing probably only a couple
> > years ago that not all the contemporary Intel processors exposed that
> > option, so you couldn't use it on some processors. The writer of that
> > blurb reported no obvious rhyme or reason why one would have it but
> > another wouldn't.
> Some laptop and desktop bios's disable it even if the CPU would
> otherwise support it.  Some have an option setting, some don't.
> > And on the topic of VirtualBox, I can't get 4.3 to work right on my
> > system (AMD Phenom II X2) which DOES have the virtual extensions enabled
> > in the BIOS. It kept complaining that it wasn't enabled (or maybe did
> > not exist, I can't recall exactly). Apparently some motherboards and/or
> > chipsets work differently in re how they expose the feature, and
> > the newest VB couldn't see it.
> Does 'cat /pro/cpuinfo' show vtx (or svm on AMD)?


	flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr
	pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx
	mmxext fxsr_opt pdpe1gb rdtscp lm 3dnowext 3dnow constant_tsc
	rep_good nonstop_tsc extd_apicid pni monitor cx16 popcnt
	lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm extapic cr8_legacy abm sse4a misalignsse
	3dnowprefetch osvw ibs skinit wdt npt lbrv svm_lock nrip_save

I'm running a Gigabyte MA770-UD3 motherboard, rev 1.0. Old enuff that
even if it is one of the boards VB doesn't like, I can't imagine Oracle
spending a nickle to fix the problem.

One of these days I'll get real ambitious and set up kvm on this box.

> > So I stayed with the 4.2 series which
> > more or less does work. (tho it still refuses to let me run a 64-bit
> > Linux on VB even though I'm running Centos 64-bit and a 64-bit VB.)
> > Go figure.
> That means it is not using hardware virtualization - you can do 32-bit
> in software.


Digging thru the VB forums, I see a lot of complaints from a few years
ago when an earlier version came out (3.2??? not sure) that it had
trouble recognizing the VT extensions on some systems, but it was
allegedly fixed.

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