Virtualbox XP guest crashing on Arch

My XP virtual worked fine under Debian for various R/C simulators.

I really hadn’t been playing with it since going to Arch but the virtuals were crashing (“Aborted”) whenever video drawing got complex. Hmmm.

I jacked with every setting that looked promising in VB, BIOS, etc.  Then I checked my video driver.  Ahhh….
Arch was using the Nouveau driver, the open source default driver for nVidia cards.  Arch was running everything so snappy I didn’t think about loading the nVidia drivers. I stuffed the legacy drivers for the GeForce 210 in there and virtualbox seems to be much happier.

sudo pacman -S nvidia-340xx

virtuals and containers

I have been using qemu and, increasingly, virtualbox to run various OS experiments.  I also run the OEM XP that came on my workstation in a virtualbox instance on that same workstation;  a demotion of sorts I suppose.  I run R/C aircraft training simulators on XP as it is much cheaper to hit RESTART than to rebuild aircraft.

In the last couple of years I’ve been hearing more about containers as a potentially lighter-weight solution to problems that might have been solved using virtualization before.

Still getting my head wrapped around the container model, but I started a couple of small test containers for running some CLI utilities (screen and mosh, as it happens).  I was reassured to see that adding a 2nd and 3rd Debian-based container required only a few bits of data pulled down to support the new utilities.  I think this is supposed to be a major feature but it’s always good to see something for oneself.


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