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Getting LuBuntu Linux 32-bit Setup in Oracle Virtual Box - Install Notes
I ran into a few troublesome issues recently when building a new rom kitchen environment based on Oracle Virtual Box and LuBuntu. I want to help other folks avoid the same headaches I have dealt with. So here we go...
First, you need to download the following:
- 1. LuBuntu 32-Bit ISO - BE SURE TO GET THE 32-bit Version! (this was the first problem I ran into as I installed the 64-bit version the first time around and none of my tools worked)
- 2. Oracle VirtualBox for Windows Hosts - Can be had from here:
Once that is done...
- Install Oracle VirtualBox and setup a new Virtual Machine with preferably at least 2 GB of RAM, 128 MB of video memory, and a folder shared with your desktop - Attach the Lubuntu ISO - So Briefly
- Start Oracle VirtualBox
- Click "New"
- Name it
- Under "type" select Linux
- Under version, select "ubuntu"
- Drag Slider for RAM to 2048 MB
- Select "Create Virtual Hard Drive now" and click "create"
- Select VDI as the hard drive file type and click next
- Select "Fixed Size" and make sure your host system has a large enough hard drive to accommodate a 120 GB file right now (you could get away with as little as 20 GB but it will be a headache for long-term work).
- Drag the slider to 120 GB, click "create"
- Wait (it will take a while) - once your drive is done being created, select your new VM from the main Oracle screen - right-click and hit "settings"
- Under system --> processor --> I recommend giving it at least 2-cores to work with if you have cores to spare (it will say non-optimal settings but will fix it for you when you hit "ok")
- On the left, click "display" and give the VM as much video memory as possible as long as you have it to spare, I recommend at least 32 MB and usually set mine to 128 MB.
- One the left, click "storage" and under the top controller highlight "empty" then further right click the little CD icon with the down arrow on it select "choose a virtual cd/dvd disk file" and then attach your LuBuntu ISO
- On the left, click "shared folders" --> on the far right click the little folder icon with the green plus sign on it --> Under folder path click the drop down and select a folder on your window system you want shared in your LUbuntu VM. Once you have selected the folder, make sure you leave "read-only" unticked and that you put a tick mark in "auto-mount" and then hit "ok"
- Hit "OK on the settings page and you will be back to the main Oracle VM dialog box. Select your VM and hit "start"
- You system will start to boot from the LuBuntu ISO file, when that comes up, you will have an option to "try" Lubuntu or to install it - You want to install it so select that and hit enter. This is where I ran into my first problem...
- There is a bug in the LUbuntu installer that might cause your screen to go all "wonky" - You need to refresh the X windows system and doing this is quite easy. Use the following key combination:
The command line terminal should pop up, once you see it then hit the key combo of:
And you will now be restored to the installer - Proceed through the install screens and get all setup...
When Lubuntu boots for the first time your resolution will be stuck at 640x480 after you sign-in. To fix this, do the following.
- If you are running in a window instead of full screen, select "view" from the window and then "switch to full screen"
- Your resolution will still be stuck. Now we need to install oracle virtual box guest integration tools. You need to do this from the apt repository. So open up a terminal window (from the "start" menu in the lower left-hand corner) and use the following command:
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-dkms
- Reboot your virtual-box VM and if you were set to full-screen mode it should autmatically adjust the VM resolution to the max your display can support.
You are now much closer to being all setup to start rom-modding in Linux!