Virtualbox in Win7 bridged network no adapter

I won’t get into why, after 10+ years I’ve switched my work desktop from Linux to Windows 7, but suffice to say its been painful. I still need access to a local linux install for various reasons so where I used to run Windows in a VM under linux, I now need to run linux in a VM under Windows. I ran into a problem which Googling didn’t immediately solve and since there were other folks with a similar problem out there I thought I’d write it up.

  • I have a Windows 7 64bit host, with Virtualbox 5.1.28 r117968 (Qt5.6.2) installed.
  • I have a Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx network card on the host.
  • I couldn’t get the guest (an Ubuntu 16.04 VM) set up with a bridged network adapter.
  • It would work with NAT, but I needed the guest to be on the same network as the host.
    I’m used to doing this the other way around (Linux host / Windows guest) and haven’t had any problems.
  • In the Virtualbox Settings for the VM, under Network, for Adapter 1 in Attached to: I selected “Bridged Adapter”
  • The dropdown below that (Name:) was empty (it didn’t see my host’s Broadcom adapter)
  • This is because there was no service “VirtualBox NDIS6 Bridged Networking Driver” listed on the “VirtualBox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter”
  • I chose Install, Service, Add – and Windows knew that that service needed a driver, but the path under which it was searching for it was borked.
  • I took note that it was trying to find vboxnetlwf.inf but the path was pointing to a Windows Temp folder which no longer existed after the install of Virtualbox.
  • I navigated to that folder under:
    C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\
    instead, and it installed fine and bridging worked!

One year with my ASUS C201 Chromebook

I’ve been using an ASUS C201 Chromebook for a full year (see original post) now as my daily driver personal machine. I got mine used off Amazon, there was a sale going on and I think I paid around $120 for it. This tiny laptop is powered by a quad-core ARM 1.8GHz Rockchip RK3288 processor which is plenty quick for daily email, web browsing, reading and writing or watching videos. The C201 is very light – 2.22 pounds according to the kitchen scale and I can just slap it closed when I run off to do something and its instantly on again when I come back to it.

In this post I’ll go over what I like about this tiny laptop, why its become my daily driver for most tasks, and how I use it with crouton.

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Hold music from an old android

It being so close to St Patrick’s Day, I decided to finally deal with the non-working music on hold at work since it gave me a good excuse to put Irish music on. Many years ago I had set up an ancient PC running Damn Small Linux (DSL) with mp3blaster running in shuffle / repeat mode connected to the PBX (private branch exchange) phone system. I had created a bunch of short audio tracks with little advertisements that would play while callers were on hold and it worked pretty well. The PBX has a wire with a standard 1/8″ male jack that can be plugged into a music player, and so I had just plugged it into the speaker port of the PC. That machine (a Dell Dimension L400c) definitely had a good run. After it died I realized that it had been built in 1999.

To get some music playing again I looked around the office to see what I had available and my eyes fell on an old Acer A500 tablet (running Android 4.0.3 which I think is the most recent version of android Acer had pushed out to it). I didn’t want to set up a gmail account on the tablet, so I used the android browser to navigate to:
https://f-droid.org/
and downloaded and installed the .apk for F-droid (you have to change your security settings to allow from unkown sources to install). F-droid is an alternative “app store” for free and open source android applications which I’ve used in projects like this in the past.

Once I had f-droid installed I was able to install two key applications: OpenExplorer Beta which is a file manager that can operate on files located on an external USB drive (the A500 has a USB port which I intended to use to load music files). After copying over a bunch of albums to the Music folder, I installed Vanilla Music Player which I’ve read is very stable. I loaded it up and it found all the music files and seemed to parse them correctly into albums or artists. I created a new playlist for St Pattys Day and added each album to the playlist. I was able to set the playlist to shuffle and repeat and set it to play and its been running good all day!

By the way, the song playing in the picture is Hungry Man #1 by Millish

Why I do not use Bing or Yahoo for search

The top sponsored ad on the Microsoft search engine for the biggest company in the nation (Walmart) should not be sending people to a phishing server.


The user got an annoying pop up which locked up the browser (had to be killed with task manager). I notice that Bing is set as the default search engine in the user’s browser (Firefox). The user had been searching for “Walmart” and clicked on the first result (a sponsored Microsoft ad) which sent the user to the non-secure (http) walmart.com. Apparently that machine or the DNS pointing to that machine is redirecting folks to pcxxrry0555.xyz (a domain registered with GoDaddy and seemingly sitting on a Highwinds server in Arizona somewhere).

Thanks Microsoft!

Windows 10 Express Spying Settings

The default privacy settings for Windows 10 anger me. Hiding the fact that you will be collecting everything a user types, says, or searches for on the Internet behind a big, obvious “Express Settings” button (which most users are likely to click during the setup process) and providing only a tiny text link to “Customize” these very important choices is just sneaky and wrong. Providing a way to turn all this tracking off is great, but such overt trickery makes me wonder if switching these settings to off really does anything at all. Some users might be happy to hear that Windows 10 offers bitlocker disk encryption, but at least in the Home version your private key gets uploaded to a Microsoft server which pretty much makes using it a non-starter for me.

windows10_setup

If you’re one of the folks who need to use this operating system, you can find out what privacy settings Microsoft makes available to you by reviewing the stories linked below but understand that with every update these options may (and likely will) change. There is no guarantee that any of these settings will actually do what you might expect them to do because with any closed source, proprietary software there is no way for a third party to audit the code directly. All that a concerned person can do is poke around with network tools and infer.