How To Install Virtualbox Guest Additions On A Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Virtual Machine

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx just came out, and quite a few of you will undoubtedly be testing it in a Virtualbox virtual machine. Needless to say, the experience will go much more smoothly if you install the Virtualbox Guest Additions on your Lucid Lynx virtual machine. Here’s how to do it.

First, go to the Devices menu for your virtual machine, and select Install Guest Additions. This will mount a CD image in your Ubuntu virtual machine with the Guest Additions installer; you should see the icon appear on your virtual machine’s Desktop. Double-click on the icon to mount it.

Next, open a Terminal window.You’ll need to navigate to the /media directory, and then change to the directory representing the CD image. The name is usually something like VBOXADDITIONS_version_release, for example:


Change to the VBOXADDITIONS directory, and then launch the installer. You can do this with this command for a 32 bit virtual machine:

sudo ./

For a 64 bit machine:

sudo ./

Type your password to authenticate, and the Guest Additions Installer will launch. It usually takes a few minutes to complete, and once you’re finished, the installer will return you to the Terminal prompt.

Once the installer is done, reboot your Ubuntu virtual machine.

When your Ubuntu virtual machine reboots, it will now support mouse integration, and you’ll be able to increase the resolution beyond 800×600.


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