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VirtualBox updated to 4.2.18

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Date: Monday, September 9th, 2013, 08:53
Category: News, Software


There’s nothing wrong with a regular update to a useful program.

VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.2.18. The new version, a 110 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
– VMM: properly handle NMIs on Linux hosts with X2APIC enabled.

– VMM: fixed potential crashes with 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts (bug #11979).

– GUI / seamless: properly handle mouse wheel scroll events.

– GUI, VBoxManage: when unregistering a VM, also unregister the hard disk images which are used exclusively (bug #10311).

– GUI: prevent crashes under certain conditions on X11 hosts.

– 3D: multiscreen fixes (incorrect mouse position, flickers).

– 3D Support: several fixes for the Windows WDDM video driver (multiscreen, seamless).

– Snapshots: made live snapshots work again (bug #9255).

– Teleportation: made it work again (bug #9455).

– VBoxManage: on snapshot take, –pause is default and –live is for doing live snapshots.

– VBoxSVC: don’t crash on systems with many VLAN interfaces (Solaris hosts only).

– Network: after the host resumes from suspend, disconnect and reconnect the virtual network cables to force renewing the DHCP leases for the guests. So far only Mac OS X hosts and Windows hosts (bug #10063).

– NAT: on name server changes force a reconnect of the virtual network cable to notify the guest (Mac OS X hosts only).

– Mac OS X installer: keep previously installed Extension Packs on VirtualBox upgrade.

– Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.11 fixes (bug #12001).

– Solaris hosts: fixed a potential kernel panic caused due to unexpected preemption due to logging.

– Windows hosts: fixed an issue with USB2 devices being inaccessible when plugged into USB3 ports.

– Linux Additions: added PCI device identifier to vboxvideo.ko fixing DRI initialization under certain conditions (bug #11957).

– Linux Additions: fixed udev detection in the init script with Linux 3.x kernels.

VirtualBox 4.2.18 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please let us know.

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