VirtualBox 3.1 – Install Windows XP Guest on Ubuntu 9.04 Host

VirtualBox 3.1 significantly changed the way that harddisks, dvd/cd drives and floppies are mounted. The following steps are to install Windows XP as a guest on an Ubuntu 9.04 host with a IntelAhci SATA controller.

Make sure you download the Windows XP Intel SATA Drivers and unzip to extract “F32.IMA”.
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VirtualBox BSOD p3.sys

After converting a physical machine to .vmdk via VMWare Converter, I got a BSOD indicating that there was a problem with p3.sys when trying to boot. The Windows XP system was running on a PII 600mHz Dell Optiplex from the year 2000.

To fix, boot in Safe Mode and run the following at a command prompt:

sc config p3 start= disabled

Install Windows XP Guest on Ubuntu 9.04 Host

Create a Windows XP VirtualBox guest from scratch using a SATA harddrive.

  • Download the Windows XP Intel SATA Drivers and unzip to extract F32.IMA
  • Hit F6 during setup to select the Intel(R) 82801HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile ICH8M-E/M)
sudo -i
VBoxManage createhd --filename /srv/virtualbox/harddisks/CHANGEME.vdi --size 20480 \
    --variant Standard
VBoxManage createvm --name CHANGEME --ostype "WindowsXP" --register \
    --basefolder /srv/virtualbox/machines
VBoxManage modifyvm CHANGEME --memory 1024 \
    --boot1 dvd --boot2 disk --boot3 none --boot4 none \
    --sata on --sataportcount 1 \
    --sataport1 /srv/virtualbox/harddisks/CHANGEME.vdi \
    --dvd /srv/virtualbox/iso/WindowsXP_sp3.iso \
    --floppy /srv/virtualbox/floppy/F32.IMA \
    --nic1 bridged --bridgeadapter1 eth0

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