Posts by Richie

1) Message boards : The Lounge : VirtualBox .. .. 6.1.18 .. .. (released January 19 2021) (Message 102624)
Posted 20 Jan 2021 by Profile Richie
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VirtualBox 6.1.18 (released January 19 2021)
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog-6.1#v18

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

Nested VM: Fixed hangs when executing SMP nested-guests under certain conditions on Intel hosts (bug #19315, #19561)
OCI integration: Cloud Instance parameters parsing is improved on import (bug #19156)
Network: UDP checksum offloading in e1000 no longer produces zero checksums (bug #19930)
Network: Fixed Host-Only Ethernet Adapter DHCP, guest os can not get IP on host resume (bug #19620)
NAT: Fixed mss parameter handing (bug #15256)
macOS host: Multiple optimizations for BigSur
Audio: Fixed issues with audio playback after host goes to sleep (bug #18594)
Documentation: Some content touch-up and table formatting fixes
Linux host and guest: Support kernel version 5.10 (bug #20055)
Solaris host: Fix regression breaking VGA text mode since version 6.1.0
Guest Additions: Fixed a build failure affecting CentOS 8.2-2004 and later (bug #20091)
Guest Additions: Fixed a build failure affecting Linux kernels 3.2.0 through 3.2.50 (bug #20006)
Guest Additions: Fixed a VM segfault on copy with shared clipboard with X11 (bug #19226)
Shared Folder: Fixed error with remounting on Linux guests
2) Message boards : Questions and problems : BOINC misreporting integer and fp speeds of processor (Message 100673)
Posted 9 Sep 2020 by Profile Richie
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Would having number of cores available when measurement taken affect this?


Yes.
3) Message boards : The Lounge : VirtualBox 5.2.40 & 6.0.20 & 6.1.6 released (Message 97686)
Posted 15 Apr 2020 by Profile Richie
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VirtualBox 5.2.40 (released April 14 2020)
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog-5.2#v40

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

VBoxManage: Multiple fixes for guestcontrol command
USB: Multiple enhancements improving prformance and stability
Graphics: Enhancements in 2D and 3D acceleration and rendering
API: Fix exception handling bug in Python bindings
Linux: Support Linux kernel 5.6 (bug #19312)


VirtualBox 6.0.20 (released April 14 2020)
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog-6.0#v20

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

USB: Multiple enhancements improving prformance and stability
VBoxManage: Multiple fixes for guestcontrol command
Graphics: Enhancements in 2D and 3D acceleration and rendering
API: Fix for exception handling bug in Python bindings
Linux host and guest: Support Linux kernel 5.6 (bug #19312)


VirtualBox 6.1.6 (released April 14 2020)
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog-6.1#v6

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

GUI: Multiple enhancements including visual elements updates
Graphics: Fixed monitor resizing and multi-monitor handling bugs on X11 guests with VMSVGA graphics adapter
Graphics: Enhancements in 2D and 3D acceleration and rendering
USB: Multiple enhancements improving prformance and stability
Serial port: Improve error handling and fix hang when host port disappears
VBoxManage: Multiple fixes for guestcontrol operations
API: Fix for exception handling bug in Python bindings
Shared clipboard: Multiple fixes including possible crash and HTML data support
Linux host and guest: Support Linux kernel 5.6 (bug #19312)
4) Message boards : GPUs : "Application has been blocked from accessing graphics hardware" in Windows 10 notifications. (Message 96083)
Posted 25 Feb 2020 by Profile Richie
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That seems strange that older ones won't update. Why on earth would Microsoft do that?!?


I've understood that the update infrastructure which Microsoft is running these days and the internal architecture of Win 10 have changed so much in 4-5 years that those oldest versions would require a massive amount of patching and stiching before those systems would even understand what they are connected to. The update process has been redesigned completely. Then... updating those old junkyards (1511 at least) would basically be the same as a complete wipe and installation of the OS. I think it's wise for Microsoft if they don't support online upgrading straight from those old versions anymore. That saves their resources.

I'm not sure if those systems can be upgraded by using the MS 'Media Creation Tool'. I'm pretty sure that "upgrade" would then again be a complete wipe and installation of the OS. Not different than a fresh installation to a new drive. I would't trust for a second that my own files would be found anywhere on the connected drives after that process, even if the process gave an option to keep my files.
5) Message boards : GPUs : "Application has been blocked from accessing graphics hardware" in Windows 10 notifications. (Message 96075)
Posted 25 Feb 2020 by Profile Richie
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Version 1909, Build 18363.657


Yes that looks good! Update did work for sure. There are still Win 10 dvd's circling around with old version 1511 or 1703 in them. A new installation from that kind of media wouldn't get update for the updater itself nor major upgrades to never versions. They might get some old updates but never be "up-to-date" anymore.
6) Message boards : GPUs : "Application has been blocked from accessing graphics hardware" in Windows 10 notifications. (Message 96073)
Posted 25 Feb 2020 by Profile Richie
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I'm using rubbish power supplies at the moment

That can cause wild stability problems with 3 GPUs in the system of course. That new PSU can help a lot.

What is the exact Windows version and build over there? Press WIN key and type cmd, then hit ENTER and type winver and hit ENTER.
If the version on the DVD is very old it has lost its ability to update itself by now. It would remain outdated even if you kept clicking the 'update'.
7) Message boards : The Lounge : VirtualBox 6.1.0 released (Message 95977)
Posted 20 Feb 2020 by Profile Richie
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https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog-6.1#v4

VirtualBox 6.1.4 (released February 19 2020)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

Virtualization core: Fixed a rare issue with ICEBP instruction causing guru meditations on Intel hosts (6.1.0 regression; bug #19171)
Virtualization core: Fixed macOS Catalina guests failing to boot after upgrading to 10.15.2 onwards (bug #19188)
GUI: recent NLS integration and bug fixes for GUI and Qt translation tags
USB: Fix isochronous transfers to the VM for xHCI
Serial: Fix buffer handling, avoiding receiving stale data when the receive queue is flushed (bug #18671)
Serial: Improve host serial port passthrough handling on Windows host
VBoxManage: Restore old --clipboard option for modifyvm command
macOS host: Use hardened runtime and request the needed entitlements, meeting latest notarization rules which also required moving VirtualBoxVM executable
macOS host: Update osxfuse to v3.10.4
Windows host: Update Italian translation of installer
Windows host: Improve shared folder compatibility with POSIX append semantic (bug #19003)
Windows host: Restore the ability to run VMs through Hyper-V, at the expense of performance
Linux guest: Support Linux 5.5 (bug #19145)
Linux guest: Shared folder fix for loopback mounting of images
BIOS: Always report non-ATA disks as ready
BIOS: Report EFI support through DMI table (bug 19144)
VGA BIOS: Reduce stack space usage for INT 10h handlers
8) Message boards : Projects : Asteroids@home multiple compute errors (Message 95838)
Posted 14 Feb 2020 by Profile Richie
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On the 2060 Asteroids could handle a 65Mhz GPU and 1400Mhz VRAM overclock just fine.

If possible would you be able to provide a link to some of those tasks showing that your computer run them succesfully with RTX 2060 ? It would be interesting to see. My current understanding was that all RTX cards have been incompatible with Asteroids GPU application.
9) Message boards : BOINC Manager : How to let BOINC download or Upload more than 2 files at the same time? (Message 95644)
Posted 3 Feb 2020 by Profile Richie
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Hi!

Open cc_config.xml in your Boinc data folder. Look for <max_file_xfers> and <max_file_xfers_per_project>

Change those values to your liking. Save. On the Boinc Manager... click Options - Read config files
10) Message boards : The Lounge : Help Desk Expert? (Message 95500)
Posted 23 Jan 2020 by Profile Richie
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I added code "Volunteer help desk amateur" into my profile to allow me to make mistakes on my answers. It works well. In fact I see now that my previous expert title has vanished.
11) Message boards : Questions and problems : Unable to revert to "legacy" driver (Message 94488)
Posted 24 Dec 2019 by Profile Richie
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I think that 441.71 Vulkan driver is also working properly with Einstein. I've used it now for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 and haven't encountered any problems. There's also DCH version of that available for 10.

https://developer.nvidia.com/vulkan-driver
12) Message boards : The Lounge : VirtualBox 6.1.0 released (Message 94203)
Posted 11 Dec 2019 by Profile Richie
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https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog-6.1#v0

VirtualBox 6.1.0 (released December 10 2019)

This is a major update. The following major new features were added:

Implemented support for importing a virtual machine from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
Extended support for exporting a virtual machine to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, allowing the creation of multiple virtual machines without re-uploading. Also added option to export a VM to the cloud using the more efficient variant "paravirtialized", and to specify free-form tags for cloud images
Virtualization core: Support for nested hardware-virtualization on Intel CPUs (starting with 5th generation Core i, codename Broadwell), so far tested only with guest running VirtualBox
Graphics: New style 3D support (with VBoxSVGA and VMSVGA) remains, old style 3D support (with VBoxVGA) has been completely removed
Shared Clipboard: Implemented experimental support for file transfers (Windows hosts/guests only at the moment). Needs to be enabled via VBoxManage (disabled by default). In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:
Virtualization core: Drop recompiler, i.e. running VMs now needs a CPU supporting hardware virtualization
Runtime: Works now on hosts with many CPUs (limit now 1024)
Appliance and Cloud Import: Add field for defining firmware type (not part of OVF spec and thus manual in the Appliance case, for OCI it is automatically taken from the instance information)
GUI: Improved the VISO creation and file manager dialogs
GUI: Virtual machine list of VirtualBox Manager was improved. Machine groups are now more obvious visually and VM search functionality has been improved. Global Tools element can now be pinned in place, to avoid scrolling it with rest of machine list
GUI: Virtual machine details pane is now extended with embedded editors for selected VM attributes, allowing user to edit them on-the-fly byi clicking corresponding hyper-links without opening VM settings dialog
GUI: Details pane provides more complete information
GUI: Internal medium enumeration routines were optimized to reduce the load and optimize the performance in cases when user have lots of media registered. Also, we again allowed to add existing media (and create new) via Virtual Media Manager
GUI: More consistent medium selection (both showing known images and allowing to select using the file picker)
GUI: VM storage settings page was adjusted a bit in usability regard. User is now allowed to change controller bus type and can move attachments between the controllers by using drag and drop
GUI: Storage and Network settings pages bug-fixes and usability optimization
GUI: Added a new soft (virtual) keyboard enabling arbitrary keyboard input to guests, including multimedia keys
GUI: Fixed crash in cloud related wizards when accessibility functionality was enabled
GUI: Show VM CPU load as part of status bar CPU indicator
GUI: Improved and extended the Session Information dialog
GUI: Fixed/improved mouse pointer scaling
GUI: Some issues related to mouse integration cursor scaling were addressed (bug #14366), more to go
GUI: Fix and unify geometry save/restore in various dialogs
GUI: Added the missing restriction options for disabling new functionality such as the VISO creator
GUI: Popup messages mouse click fix
Graphics: Remove 3D support for VBoxVGA (old one deprecated with 6.0)
Graphics: Additional texture format support on Windows host
Graphics: Improved fix for flickering on Windows host
Input: Added support for horizontal scrolling in the PS/2 mouse device using the IntelliMouse Explorer protocol. Note that this support is automatically used by Linux guests but not by Windows guests
vboximg-mount: Experimental support for direct read-only access to NTFS, FAT and ext2/3/4 filesystems inside a disk image without the need for support on the host
vboximg-mount: Now also available on Linux host
Storage: Experimental support for virtio-scsi, for both hard disks and optical drives (including boot support in BIOS)
Storage: For optical drive emulation fix empty host drive crash
USB: Improvements for EHCI controller implementation
USB: Filter can now specify port path, uniquely identifying a port in a system
NAT: Fix TFTP OACK response, send only if request has options
NAT Network: Use non-blocking sockets on Linux for accepted incoming connections (port forwarding)
PCnet-ISA: Added new network adapter type, currently CLI only
Audio: Allow changing the host audio backend while the VM is in saved state
ACPI: Report NVMe controller
VGA: Improve hardware and BIOS compatibility
VBoxSVGA/VMSVGA: Support YUV2 and related texture formats with hosts using OpenGL (macOS and Linux), which accelerates video playback when 3D is enabled by delegating the color space conversion to the host GPU
VBoxSVGA/VMSVGA: Several drawing fixes for the 3D case
VMSVGA 3D: Fixed OpenGL compressed textures
VBoxManage: More cloud functionality coverage, e.g. starting a cloud instance
VBoxManage: As part of the guest control feature support moving multiple source files/directories to a target directory
Guest Control/VBoxManage: Added support for specifying multiple sources when renaming guest files
VBoxManage: Show "unrestricted guest" and "nested HW virtualization" CPU features when listing the host information
API: Reduce the amount of leftovers from Move VM function
Shared Clipboard: Implemented experimental support for file transfers for Linux hosts on Windows guests (disabled by default)
SMBIOS: Store system UUID in little endian format which is the default for new VMs, while existing VMs stick to the old VirtualBox behavior of storing them in big endian format for backwards compatibility to avoid breaking the activation status of Windows VMs
VBoxSDL frontend: Fixed running on Windows hosts
macOS host: Fix VM crashes (most visible on macOS Catalina)
Linux host: Improve vboxweb systemd service dependency information
Linux host: Drop PCI passthrough, the current code is too incomplete (cannot handle PCIe devices at all), i.e. not useful enough
Linux host and guest: Support Linux 5.4 (bug #18945)
Linux host and guest: Force disabling of kernel module signing during build (user can do it afterwards)
Windows host: When possible, distinguish USB devices by port number; helps with accurate capturing of devices when multiple otherwise identical devices are connected
Windows Guest Additions: Many fixes for drawing problems in the driver for VBoxSVGA
Windows Guest Additions: Fixes for legacy VBoxVGA adapter, restore previously working cases
Windows Guest Additions: Restore VHWA functionality for VBoxSVGA
Windows guest: DXVA implementation for WDDM driver
Documentation: Updated supported host operating systems, added few new manual pages (more to come later)
EFI: Switch to newer firmware code base and add NVRAM support, should improve compatibility with OSes significantly
EFI: Added support for booting from APFS
EFI: Added support for non-standard SATA and NVMe boot device paths created by OS X
EFI: Modified updated EFI code base to support older OS X guests again
13) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Update for BOINC Linux? (Message 94081)
Posted 8 Dec 2019 by Profile Richie
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costamagnagianfranco/boinc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install boinc

Then it will list the packages that it would like to install (or upgrade) and perhaps some suggested packages. Them are all just the basic stuff, nothing suspicious.
14) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Update for BOINC Linux? (Message 94078)
Posted 8 Dec 2019 by Profile Richie
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You could get a newer version here: https://launchpad.net/~costamagnagianfranco/+archive/ubuntu/boinc
15) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 90498)
Posted 4 Mar 2019 by Profile Richie
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Asteroids is down...
16) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 90220)
Posted 22 Feb 2019 by Profile Richie
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Yep. Server status says scheduler daemon is the only one currently running. "The database server is not accessible".
17) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 90206)
Posted 22 Feb 2019 by Profile Richie
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My host managed to get 2 new tasks even though uploads are stuck on every machine. Something is working back there.
18) Message boards : Questions and problems : VirtualBox 6.0.0 released (Message 89282)
Posted 18 Dec 2018 by Profile Richie
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Changelog for VirtualBox 6.0
19) Message boards : Questions and problems : VirtualBox 6 now in beta (Message 89158)
Posted 10 Dec 2018 by Profile Richie
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Release Candidate 1
20) Message boards : Questions and problems : VirtualBox 6 now in beta (Message 89085)
Posted 30 Nov 2018 by Profile Richie
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Beta 3


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