Quote: Originally Posted by NormanLaw
Thanks ccatlett1984 and Night Hawk. It's interesting stuff. I've just installed Sun Virtualbox and this seems to be able to recognise the USB ports where Virtual PC can't. It was useful that the .VHD and .VMC files were suitable for use with Sun. I thought I might need to redo the XP install but I just took a copy of the files and opened them in Sun Virtualbox.
When the Win 7 arrives will I need to do new XP install or does it come with a base setup?
Is there no way I can get a virtual machine to recognise host machine's Firewire?
I'm not sure as most VM's allow you to "Hot switch" USB devices etc but I don't see any firewire devices in the "Virtual hardware".
What you COULD try is to DISCONNECT the firewire device from the HOST, boot up your VM and the plug the firewire device in.
If the vm recognizes this ( "New hardware found indicator in XP for example") then install the driver from your device install disk or attempt to find an XP driver from the web.
I haven't tried this yet - but I have a Canon professional DSLR camera which has a firewire connection for use with "Shoting Tethered"
I will have a go with this later on an XP virtual machine to see if it works. I'm using vmware workstation however for testing.
BTW just another issue raised in this thread : No probs in running 32 bit guests on a 64 bit host but :
Even if you are running XP as a HOST OS you can still run a 64 Bit guest OS as a VM if the Intel virtualisation is set on in the BIOS. A lot of people think you have to be running a 64 bit HOST to run a 64 bit GUEST OS -- not true.
To answer the USB scanner question - I've got 3 of these types of devices which only work on XP - not even VISTA.
Works fine on an XP Virtual machine running under vmware (together with all the Canon scanning apps, paperport and the "convert to text" application).