No Internet access in VirtualBox — 8 Comments

  1. Have you installed the “Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack” into VirtualBox itself yet? It might help the problem. The extension pack is for VirtualBox version 4.1.18 so if you installed VirtualBox from the repos you’ll need to update it by downloading and installing the latest version from the VirtualBox website and then install the extension pack. VirtualBox should update in place without a problem.

  2. It’s the first thing I do after installation, and it’s (semi-)automatically done each time I upgrade. Apart from anything else it enables USB attachment and host file access!

  3. slightly OT

    For reasons which are not rational (so obviously not my choice) I [sadly] need IE7 to access a pair of sites for work now. I *could* install XP into the VM but I was hoping for a less overkill solution. Various wine ‘solutions’ only gets me as far as IE6 which apparently is not good enough.

  4. June: Good old Internet Explorer! My first suggestion would have been Wine, but if that doesn’t work then really your only recourse is to use VirtualBox. It may be a tad cumbersome, but it works.

  5. I was able to resolve the issue by upgrading to 4.2.4 (default in Linux Mint is 4.2.0).  I needed to add "deb precise contrib" as a software source and then do:

    wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.2=4.2.4-81684~Ubuntu~precise

    For some reason I needed to force installation of the new version, by default it still took the older version.  After this the network worked fine out-of-the-box.

  6. I was having this same issue with Windows 8.  I left my adapter as is, kept automatically obtained IPs, and set it to use Google's DNS servers ( and  It worked right away on the first try!  Thanks for the post!

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