Getting LuBuntu Linux 32-bit Setup in Oracle Virtual Box - Install Notes

Description and Instructions on Use: 

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. 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. 2. Oracle VirtualBox for Windows Hosts - Can be had from here:

Once that is done...

  1. 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
    1. Start Oracle VirtualBox
    2. Click "New"
    3. Name it
    4. Under "type" select Linux
    5. Under version, select "ubuntu"
    6. Drag Slider for RAM to 2048 MB
    7. Select "Create Virtual Hard Drive now" and click "create"
    8. Select VDI as the hard drive file type and click next
    9. 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).
    10. Drag the slider to 120 GB, click "create"
    11. 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"
    12. 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")
    13. 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.
    14. 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
    15. 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"
    16. Hit "OK on the settings page and you will be back to the main Oracle VM dialog box. Select your VM and hit "start"
  2. 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...
  3. 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.

  1. If you are running in a window instead of full screen, select "view" from the window and then "switch to full screen"
  2. 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
  3. 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!