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

  1. HolmesIV says:

    Doesn’t seem to work for me; Ubuntu just hangs when it reboots. This was a problem with some of the alpha builds; it seems to be back.

    Your advice certainly should generally work, and may well work for many, It worked well with 9.10.

  2. Ed Iglehart says:

    Cannot get lucid guest to run. It seems to boot, but then goes to a familar blank screen with a non-blinking cursor. Lucid iso works fine, but can’t get it to work in Vbox (OSE)

  3. TheHighwayman says:

    Doesn’t work also for me.
    After login, nothing is showed, just the desktop background.

  4. Mike Hankey says:

    Thanks worked like a charm…I’ve installed several versions of Ubuntu on VBox and have had this problem every time.

  5. Jonathan Moeller says:

    Glad it helped!

  6. Willem says:

    This solution worked for me on Ubuntu 9.10 Lucid Lynx server 64bit after changing cdrom1 to cdrom:

    sudo -s
    aptitude install -y dkms build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) xserver-xorg-core
    mount /dev/cdrom /mnt
    bash /mnt/

  7. Willem says:

    Ooops, meant to say Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx :-)

  8. bart k says:

    thank you so’s working!

  9. Jonathan Moeller says:

    Glad it helped out!

  10. Viktor says:

    For my host Ubuntu 11.10 amd64 and guest Ubuntu 10.04 x86 the ISO image installer can’t build a kernel module after additional library installation.

    These Guest Additions installs only by commands:

    sudo aptitude install -y dkms build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) xserver-xorg-core
    sudo aptitude install virtualbox-guest-additions

    These commands found at the same link: