I similarly upgraded from 1.0.7 to V2, also running CentOS, but 32-bit version 4, with a Win 2k guest OS.
My Win-mobile PDA (Dell X51v) would connect in its USB cradel to ActiveSync 4.5 just fine with 1.0.7. I found forum suggestions to code as you have in the fstab, even chmod -R 777 /proc/bus/usb/* all to no avail. I tried changing the USB device driver in Windows, but then it would state that a reboot was required, which then took me back to square one again.
I gave up with V2, and installed 1.0.8 which I am pleased to report works just fine with my Win-mobile PDA and ActiveSync.
Failing grade to VMWare for whatever they did to the USB interface. I'll try again in 6 months ... maybe.
Not entirely sure if my experience is relevant but I've just setup a CentOS 5.2 x86_64 box with the free VMware Server 2.0 hosting Windows Server 2003. Doing this over the weekend as part of a test to determine if we could use it for production purposes and ran into similar USB problems.
An USB storage device works fine on the CentOS host, but there was no option to connect/add it to the guest via the WebUI. Using the button in the console to add the USB device resulted in the same "remote USB error". There was a BSOD on my first attempt but that was because the USB storage was mounted on the host.
Searching around, I stumble on this thread as well as others. Putting together the suggestions, I found this works for me:
- close the browser/webUI
- ensure USB device is not in use by host
- start the browser with sudo
- now the WebUI has the USB button at the top of the VM taskbar.
Using this to add the USB storage devices works as expected.
Hope this will be helpful to you.
I have installed VMware Tools but I have not upgraded the hardware from 4 to 7 because I am still testing and I want to be able to rollback. I don't think I'm getting the error because of not upgrading, because I can connect as root.
Actually I think it is at least part of the problem, just clone your VM and upgrade the clone to virtual Hardware version 7 if you want to be able to rollback at all times.
Alternatively you could use a snapshot, but the "copy your VM" method is more fail safe in my opinion as it doesn't touch your original VM.
If USB even works with version 4 hardware, then it will only be using USB 1.x and not be USB 2.x compatible.
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This works for me, quick and easy.
Though there has to be another way of getting USB devices to work inside Virtual Machines without running your browser as uid 0.
I cloned my VM and upgraded the clone to hardware version 7. I am still not able to use the USB port in the guest except when I start the browser/WebUI as root in the host.
Here is how you fix the remote usb error
from Terminal so in Fedora Applications\System Tools\Terminal
enter root password
chmod -R 777 /proc/bus/usb/*
Your USB will now work in VM Ware this should work for debian and RH
Now your new proble is that when you reboot linux forgets and locks down the usb again to fix this you want to modify the /etc/rc.local file its like the windows start up file do the following
the file will open up type "i" to be able to insert
chmod 777 -R /proc.bus/usb/*
if you want to make a note about what you did precede it wiht a # so i.e.
This changes the USB so they will prsent in VMWARE or Virutal Box (not tested on vbox but should work) without errors
to save your changes type
reboot and it will work let me know if you have problems
It didn't work. After I chmod under root it still gave me the error when trying to launch the guest as non-admin user.
Hey I just wanted to say thank you this information helped me out greatly.
Glad I could help.
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