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#1 joetab24

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 06:01 AM

Should I be able to connect a device with a 32 bit driver via usb to a virtual pc running XP on a laptop running Windows 7 Pro 64 bit? thanks!

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 01:10 PM

Microsoft Virtual PC does not allow you to connect USB devices to the virtual machine. That feature does not exist in Virtual PC. However, I suspect you are actually using XP Mode (which is different from Microsoft Virtual PC).

VirtualBox allows you to connect USB devices to your virtual machines, but I've had mixed success. Sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn't.

But VirtualBox has a lot more features than Virtual PC, which is why I switched. :huh: The USB support is just extra goodiness (when it works).

The short answer is no. But with other virtualization software, it is possible.
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 04:37 PM

so i figured i'd give virtual box a try. i am setup with xp as my browser. it is detecting my pda as an unknown device, which is what windows 7 does. i feel like i am probably missing a step. do i have to disable windows 7 from recognizing the device. just an (uninformed) guess...thanks again for any help you can provide!!

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 04:51 PM

I'm not sure what you're saying here: "i am setup with xp as my browser. it is detecting my pda as an unknown device, which is what windows 7 does."

XP is an operating system, not a browser.

If I understand correctly, your host operating system is Windows 7, and your guest operating system is Windows XP?
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 05:38 PM

yes. you've got it right.

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 07:03 PM

Okay.

What is the brand and model of your PDA?

Are you trying to get it to work with the virtual machine (vm) because it doesn't work with Windows 7? Or is there some specific reason you need to access it via the vm?

We might be able to find drivers for it.
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 11:31 PM

the pda is a handspring visor. it will not work with windows 7 64 bit.

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 10:14 AM

to update, i've got the device syncing in virtual box w/ xp set up. i guess i will soon discover the inconsistency you mentioned above.

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 02:51 PM

Like I said, it's a little finicky sometimes. But if it's working for you, then that's great! :huh:
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Posted 26 October 2010 - 08:15 AM

"Microsoft Virtual PC does not allow you to connect USB devices to the virtual machine. That feature does not exist in Virtual PC. However, I suspect you are actually using XP Mode (which is different from Microsoft Virtual PC)."


I just learned I can't use my copy of XP for more than 30 days on my virtual box. The cd was a system resore from my gateway.

Is there definitly no way to get windows virtual pc to conncect a usb device?

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 11:08 PM

From Virtual PC's help:

"You can access removable drives on the host operating system, such as USB–connected hard drives and Zip drives, by using shared folders. For more information about setting up shared folders for use between a host operating system and a virtual machine, see Managing shared folders for virtual machines."

So, the answer is yes, it's just a PITA.

A PDA might be a different story, though. It won't act like a removable drive in Virtual PC. You'll only get the shared version of the folders on it (assuming it has folders that can be shared).
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