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Hey folks, this is Zack with your hot-off-the-press instructable.  I'm doing this so that I can use my awesome laptop for sending commands to BeagleBoard.  At the end are some cool links.

This instructable will guide you in the installation of a virtual machine and the installation of a second operating system, in this case--Ubuntu (Linux).

This is a very basic tutorial and is made for folks who aren't comfortable yet with VM's.  There's a lot of hand-holding...which is what I needed the first time I did this.

First, a very very brief description of a virtual machine.  A virtual machine is a program which simulates a completely independent computer with its own inputs, networking, memory, hard and optical drives, and so forth.  It uses the hardware and parts of the system resources of your current machine.  This is handy if you want to have a single computer for doing all the wonderful things windows is good for AND for doing hardware development or other advanced things that Windows is not good for.

The steps:
1) Install a virtual machine
2) Install an operating system on the virtual machine
3) Execute commands on the operating system on the virtual machine

What you will need:
1) A computer
2) An internet connection
3) A little patience
4) Windows 7 (though this process can be done on most OS's, this tutorial is for W7.  XP, 8 and mac may follow)

This process is totally free.  No bucks required.

Step 1: Installing Virtual Box in Windows 7

Steps to install Virtual Box in Windows 7:

1) Go https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
2) Download Virtual Box (latest version) for Windows hosts x86/amd64
3) "Save As"
4) When done downloading, run the .exe
5) "Run" if Windows pops up a security warning
6) Continue with the installation of VirtualBox with the defaults

This will open VirtualBox at the end of the installation.  Please proceed to step 2.
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<p>Hi Guys, I have already installed linux on my virtual box box, it seems as if it is installed correctly, however if Am trying to switch on the machine, it requires me to enter/type in my password, I did type the correct password that I created but if I click on login then it takes me back to the login page again prompting me to type the password again. I have trying this for several times, I have removed the machine and installed it again still am encountering the same error. would you please asssit?</p>
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<p>OK. I completed all the steps successfully. Now what. How do I access the Ubuntu Linux system I have installed? I want to go on to the next steps for the LAMP install but I do not know what to do next.?</p>
<p>I am trying to install Ubuntu on Windows 7 ( both 32 bit), but I am getting an error while starting the Guest OS.</p><p>Last line of the log said</p><p>'C:\Windows\system32\PSAPI.DLL'</p><p>13ec.d74: supR3HardNtChildWaitFor[2]: Quitting: ExitCode=0x1 (rcNtWait=0x0, rcNt1=0x0, rcNt2=0x103, rcNt3=0x103, 11044 ms, the end);</p><p>15a4.8c4: supR3HardNtChildWaitFor[1]: Quitting: ExitCode=0x1 (rcNtWait=0x0, rcNt1=0x0, rcNt2=0x103, rcNt3=0x103, 11729 ms, the end);</p><p>Please help</p>
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<p>THANK YOU SO MUCH!! This worked perfectly the first time on my Win7 32-bit PC! Steps are very clear and screenshots are perfect. This is exactly what I needed and a huge help!</p>
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<p>hey.. i installed vb from above link. then i installed ubuntu (32 bit) for windows 7. when i changed the settings and attached the file ubuntu iso to it.. and started the vb ,instead of coming ubuntu as shown in the above images, i encountered the problem as this:</p><p>please resolve my problem asap.. i urgently need ubuntu.</p><p>thank you</p>
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<p>I'm facing a problem while attaching the image file :( it shows this msg :- Failed to open the optical disk file <strong>C:\Users\l\Downloads\ubuntu-14.04.1-desktop-i386.iso</strong>.</p><p> <br></p><p>Could not get the storage format of the medium <strong>'C:\Users\l\Downloads\ubuntu-14.04.1-desktop-i386.iso'</strong> (VERR_NOT_SUPPORTED).</p>Result Code: <tt>VBOX_E_IPRT_ERROR (0x80BB0005)</tt>Component: MediumInterface: IMedium {05f2bbb6-a3a6-4fb9-9b49-6d0dda7142ac}Callee: IVirtualBox {fafa4e17-1ee2-4905-a10e-fe7c18bf5554}Callee RC: <tt>VBOX_E_OBJECT_NOT_FOUND (0x80BB0001)</tt><p>kindly help me in this regard !!!</p>
<p>I'm having this same problem. Let me know if you are able to solve it, and I will let the same with you. Thanks.</p>
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<p>hey.. i installed vb from above link. then i installed ubuntu (32 bit) for windows 7. when i changed the settings and attached the file ubuntu iso to it.. and started the vb ,instead of coming ubuntu as shown in the above images, i encountered the problem as this:</p><p>please resolve my problem asap.. i urgently need ubuntu.</p><p>thank you</p>

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