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Using Virtualbox on Mac Bk Pro: How Can I Get Windows to Read the CD/D, How Can I get Windows OS side to read CD/DVD Drive - setup solution?
post Sep 7 2010, 20:45
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I'm using Virtualbox to run Windows XP on my Mac Book Pro. However, for some reason, I can get the CD/DVD device drive to be recognized and I can get the individual audio files to be displayed, but when I go to open the files (directly or using my CD extraction software - Exact Audio Copy), the file is never opened and freezes up

1. Virtualbox (application) - Set up
2. Settings: Storage (tab)
3. IDE Controller (under storage tree)
4. I selected: Host Drive 'Matshita DVD...'
5. Attributes...
*Slot: I selected "IDE Primary Slave" (note: the other options I didn't choose are: "IDE Secondary Master" & "IDE Secondary Slave"
*CD/DVD Device: Host Drive "Matshita DVD R UJ-898" (note: the other options I didn't choose are: "Empty" & "VBoxGuestAdditions.iso"
*Pass Through: [CHECKED]
6.Clicked 'OK' then 'Start'

Once In Windows XP [using SunVirtualBox]...

On the upper tabs of the Windows XP screen, you see: Machine, Devices, & Help
1. Machine: CD/DVD Devices ...
2. "Matshita DVD R UJ-898" selected (note: the other practical options I didn't choose are: "VBoxGuestAdditions.iso" & "Other CD/DVD..." which I have none).
3. If, for instance, I open up the Exact Audio Copy software that I use for bit-perfect audio extraction, It will show the individual tracks on the cd that's in the drive, their time values, and the file sizes for each track: it all looks fine. Btw, EAC shows that the drive that is hosting the cd is "VBOX CD Rom 1.0 Adapter 0 ID 1".

Whenever I click on a file or all files to execute the file extraction process, etc., the computer's hard drive spins quickly and it seems like something's going to happen, but never does. If I just go under 'My Computer', under 'Devices with removable storage', my DVD drive (Drive D) is shown as an audio drive: when I go to click on the DVD drive (doesn't say the actual Matshita brand), Windows Media Player attempts to manage the CD's data and just freezes immediately.

When, under Windows, I set up my Network drives, I made my MAC documents etc. mapped to be read when under Windows as a Network Drive listed in 'My Computer'. I don't know how I could map it to also include the Mac's DVD drive under this approach, as this seems to not be possible.

So, please let me know. I've spent hours, over the last three days, looking up posts, youtube videos, and following solutions such as the command prompt one which didn't work-out.


Perhaps, I need to download the drivers for my CD/DVD drive? Maybe the only drivers it has is the ones native to Mac; but if this was the case, when I did a scan for missing drivers, when running under Windows, it should come up as not up-to-date, which was not what was shown.

I went to Start: Run: cmd: regidit - and tried the sometimes suggested solution of looking for one or two files to be deleted: these files (forgot the names) are not there, so I have 'another problem'.
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post Sep 8 2010, 16:49
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Thanks for the reply. So, you mean that you tried to run it with Winebottler and found, as I did, that EAC didn't work? This is funny, cause at this point, I spent a massive amount of time trying to get a few CDs bit-perfect using 1. VirtualBox (CD drive issue) and 2. Winebottler (doesn't work I suppose with EAC) - and in both cases, it turned out that I could spend 100-times the amount of effort and time and, because the issue is not with my lack of knowledge - in this case, but with the products.

Could you try it with Wineskin and let me know if it works? EAC is the best audio extraction program and I recommend anyone having it.

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