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I'm trying to install Virtual Box under Ubuntu 10.10, but I had the following problem:

When trying to install Windows XP from CD, I went into the settings of my VM, but I can't see the CD/DVD-ROM tab. I see System, Screen, Storage.... But I can't see the CD/DVD-ROM.

Any thoughts what it can be happening, or what can I do?

If more info is needed, let me know and I will update the post.


Here is the "problem". I can't see the CD/DVD-ROM on the left column: If I can't see that on the left side, I am not able to Mount the CD with the Operating System I'm trying to install...


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It can be found under VM Settings > Storage. enter image description here

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I've done that, and now I have under IDE Controller my CD/DVD, but it still does not appear in the settings on the left of your picture. – Nobita May 4 '11 at 18:15
@Nobita, is it possible for you to grab a screenshot of the settings and upload it to and insert it into your original question? – tombull89 May 4 '11 at 18:28
Yes, that's better. I did that. – Nobita May 4 '11 at 18:37
@Nobita, untick the "passthrough" checkbox. I'm fairly sure the "TSSTCorp..." is your host machine CD/DVD drive. – tombull89 May 4 '11 at 18:49
Solved. I miunderstood all the working of the CD/DVD-ROM. Thank you. – Nobita May 4 '11 at 19:09

Under Storage:

Select the IDE controller and click on the icon that looks like a CD with a + sign on it.

Select the new Empty CD device and configure as necessary.

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