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I see the the "Devices" tab has "USB Devices" and there it lists my USB drive, but it is gray and can not be selected. Perms on the device in /media are 0700 and it is owned by myuserid:myuserid

VirtualBox obviously is communicating with the device because it lists it as a "Sandisk MobileMate Reader". I have the latest Vbox (3.2.8) and have the 3.2.8 additions loaded as well. For what it's worth, CD/DVD and network devices work as expected with the XP virtual machine. The USB device is readable from Ubuntu (10.4 LTS) with no problems and is readable on non-virtual XP box. What am I missing here?

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Do you have the OSE or the PUEL edition ? –  Sathya Sep 9 '10 at 4:21
    
I downloaded virtualbox-3.2_3.2.8-64453~Ubuntu~lucid_amd64.deb from www.virtualbox.org and installed it with pkg mgr gui. I assume that makes it the PUEL edition? –  hotei Sep 9 '10 at 13:48

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Got it working. A closer inspection of the documentation explained why I had problems:

  1. needed to add myuserid to the vboxusers group.
  2. needed to make sure the device was NOT visible to the host (i.e. "eject" it but don't actually remove the USB plug).

Overall I'm very impressed with VirtualBox. In this case a friendly warning or two might have been helpful (like they do if you move a virtual_CD.iso out from under a VM) but the solution was in the documentation so I can't complain more than a little bit.

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