Category Archives: Virtualization


I’m an Amateur Radio operator. There are certain pieces of software that I need to use. Most of them are not available for the *nix platform. So I use tools to help me run them. Virtual software like Xen, Wine, and Sun’s VirtualBox have helped me but I still can’t get everything working properly. Either the OS or the software doesn’t work right or I get everything working except the virtualized OS doesn’t see the USB device or the serial port which throws me back to square one.

So I reluctantly decided to dual boot my laptop. Run F9 and Windows XP together. It would be annoying to have to do this and I really hate the idea of having a Windows install.

Oh and that won’t work, either. I boot from my XP install disk and the screen goes blank. I simply cannot win.

So I’m just plain frustrated. It is two days before Hurricane Season officially begins (and two months since I really started the project) and I need to have this software up and running properly. Does anyone know of a virtualization program that would allow me to run XP and allow the OS to actually utilize the serial port or the USB ports?

Serial problems with Sun xVM Virtual Box

A few days ago I posted that I was having problems with getting some Windoze programs to work under Wine. Joel suggested I try Sun xVM Virtual Box to run Windoze on which would fix many of my problems. I had tried other virtualization programs but Sun xVM seemed to work the best I have seen.

I’m having one problem, however. I am not able to map /dev/ttyS0 to Serial 1 on Windoze. I do get an error after a while in the VM but I can’t quite figure out what I’m doing wrong.

I guess I’ll be working on this tomorrow. If I can’t get that to work then I’m going to have to find something else. 🙁

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