virtualbox hard resets computer

Bug #1083520 reported by Albert Vilella on 2012-11-27
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
virtualbox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

It has already happened a couple of times that when I have a virtualbox machine running, I get a hard reset from my system, which then boots up again. It only happens using virtualbox, the system has always been stable otherwise.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: virtualbox 4.1.12-dfsg-2ubuntu0.2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-33.52-generic-pae 3.2.31
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-33-generic-pae i686
ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu15
Architecture: i386
Date: Tue Nov 27 10:55:51 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Release i386 (20120423)
MarkForUpload: True
SourcePackage: virtualbox
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Albert Vilella (avilella) wrote :

I've the same problem...

DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
kernel : 3.2.0-33-generic
Package: virtualbox 4.2.4 r81684

I've tried different Nvidia Drive, now 310.14 is used.

pranith (bobby-prani) wrote :

please run "apport-collect 1083520"

Package virtualbox not installed and no hook available, ignoring

...why? Virtualbox is running...

Howard Thomson (howard-thomson) wrote :

Ditto, same problem, on Intel but not AMD

Distro LinuxMint Release 14 (nadia)
Kernel Linux 3.5.0-17-generic
Package VirtualBox 4.2.6 r82870 [download from]
Package VirtualBox 4.1.18-dfsg-1ubuntu1.1 [default Mint install]
Processor Intel Core i7-3720QM 2.60GHz
2x VGA compatible controllers:

Howard Thomson (howard-thomson) wrote :

Sorry about accidental incomplete post ...

2x VGA controllers:
Intel Cort 3rd Gen Core Processor Graphics Controller (rev 09) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
AMD nee ATI WIMBLEDON XT [Radeon HD 7970M] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])

I had problems with this machine [new laptop, Oct 2012] with kernel crashes in Linux Mint 13. Solved initially with custom kernel. This caused problems with VirtualBox kernel driver rebuilding (!), so installed Mint 14. VBox now installs OK, and runs, but crashes the whole machine [hard reset] shortly after booting the guest WinXP.

No problems on my fallback desktop LinuxMint 13 AMD machine. [same machine image]

I suspect, although have no evidence for, problems with the Intel display and Vbox ... All previous crashes on this machine were due to kernel bugs, since fixed, with the Intel display driver.


Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in virtualbox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

One of my VMs got into a state that makes my Ubuntu guest crash every
single time. Is it of any use to upload the VM somewhere? It's rather

On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM, Launchpad Bug Tracker
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> Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.
> ** Changed in: virtualbox (Ubuntu)
> Status: New => Confirmed
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Albert Vilella (avilella) wrote :

Adding to the previous comment, I re-installed Oracle's 4.2 version of virtualbox, and the same VMs that crach with Ubuntu's 4.1 version, work fine with 4.2.

I have since discovered that Windows 7 does not exhibit the same [crash the entire machine / hard reset] problem that Windows XP causes, so I at least have an avenue to move forward on ...

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