Install Moblin 2.1 in Virtualbox

I faced a problem while trying to test the new release of Moblin (2.1) which is an OS primarily designed for netbooks. When trying to boot from the live image, I get an error message stating that the kernel is not supported and that I must have something called “pae” enabled, I googled around and found what “pae” is, it’s a feature in the processor and is an abbreviation for “Physical Address Extension” and here is a brief description (not quite good though) http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_pae, anyway here are the steps I used to get this .img file running in my virtualbox:

  1. Download the .img file from the website
  2. Rename it to .iso
  3. Assign it in the storage (as a virtual ISO CD)
  4. Open the options for the virtual machine you’ve just created
  5. Click system -> Processor -> Enable PAE.

Now you can run it and continue with the live image or installation.

Enjoy :)!

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About SoCRaT

Software Engineer, OSS & Linux Geek
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2 Responses to Install Moblin 2.1 in Virtualbox

  1. This is excellent. My error did not mention PAE. Something cryptic about the CPU and kernel. I am trying to install moblin 2.1 in a VirtualBox on OSX. Enabled PAE and I have got past that hurdle.

  2. Now I get the boot prompt. But when I ask it to boot, it just says moblin. Nothing happens. I waited 10 minutes to see if is still stuck and it is.

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