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Why won't Boxes work?

asked 2018-12-06 07:13:15 -0500

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Hi there. This is my first question. I'm quite new to Fedora, but have been using Ubuntu for a long time. On Ubuntu, when I couldn't get Boxes to work, I needed to sudo adduser USERNAME kvm, while I assume that's the issue I'm facing now, I have no idea how to do it on Fedora.

This is what comes up in the troubleshooting information:

Broker URL: qemu+unix:///session
Domain: boxes-unknown
UUID: 519b9889-6ff2-4568-a782-1f50ed825bb7
Persistent: yes
Cpu time: 0
Memory: 8402189 KiB
Max memory: 16331744 KiB
CPUs: 8

Domain config:
<domain type="kvm">
    <boxes:gnome-boxes xmlns:boxes="">
  <memory unit="KiB">8402189</memory>
  <currentMemory unit="KiB">8402189</currentMemory>
  <vcpu placement="static">8</vcpu>
    <type arch="x86_64" machine="pc-i440fx-3.0">hvm</type>
    <boot dev="cdrom"/>
    <boot dev="hd"/>
  <cpu mode="custom" match="exact" check="partial">
    <model fallback="allow">Haswell-noTSX-IBRS</model>
    <topology sockets="1" cores="4" threads="2"/>
  <clock offset="utc">
    <timer name="rtc" tickpolicy="catchup"/>
    <timer name="pit" tickpolicy="delay"/>
    <timer name="hpet" present="no"/>
    <suspend-to-mem enabled="no"/>
    <suspend-to-disk enabled="no"/>
    <disk type="file" device="disk">
      <driver name="qemu" type="qcow2" cache="writeback"/>
      <source file="/home/username/.local/share/gnome-boxes/images/boxes-unknown"/>
      <target dev="hda" bus="ide"/>
      <address type="drive" controller="0" bus="0" target="0" unit="0"/>
    <disk type="file" device="cdrom">
      <driver name="qemu" type="raw"/>
      <source file="/nfs/linuxisos/Tails/tails-amd64-3.9.iso" startupPolicy="mandatory"/>
      <target dev="hdc" bus="ide"/>
      <address type="drive" controller="0" bus="1" target="0" unit="0"/>
    <controller type="usb" index="0" model="ich9-ehci1">
      <address type="pci" domain="0x0000" bus="0x00" slot="0x05" function="0x7"/>
    <controller type="usb" index="0" model="ich9-uhci1">
      <master startport="0"/>
      <address type="pci" domain="0x0000" bus="0x00" slot="0x05" function="0x0" multifunction="on"/>
    <controller type="usb" index="0" model="ich9-uhci2">
      <master startport="2"/>
      <address type="pci" domain="0x0000" bus="0x00" slot="0x05" function="0x1"/>
    <controller type="usb" index="0" model="ich9-uhci3">
      <master startport="4"/>
      <address type="pci" domain="0x0000" bus="0x00" slot="0x05" function="0x2"/>
    <controller type="pci" index="0" model="pci-root"/>
    <controller type="ide" index="0">
      <address type="pci" domain="0x0000" bus="0x00" slot="0x01" function="0x1"/>
    <controller type="virtio-serial" index="0">
      <address type="pci" domain="0x0000" bus="0x00" slot="0x06" function="0x0"/>
    <controller type="ccid" index="0">
      <address type="usb" bus="0" port="2"/>
    <interface ...
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answered 2019-01-08 09:35:50 -0500

sudo adduser -g [username] kvm is your fedora substitute for sudo adduser [username] kvm in Ubuntu.

I'm facing the same issue here, but using that command did not solve my problem. I'm trying to install a home baked iso (made with media creation tool) of a windows machine in a out of the box Fedora 29.

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answered 2018-12-06 11:31:07 -0500

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First of all, upgrade. You have the oldest kernel of F29. Then, your iso cannot be read. See the last three lines? "Permission denied" on tails.iso. Fix it then try again.

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I'm using the newest kernel that's listed on Grub. Could it be older because I have a Nvidia GPU?

pwd gravatar imagepwd ( 2018-12-07 06:59:21 -0500 )edit

I don't see any correlation with those two facts. And it has nothing to do with wrong permissions you didn't fix.

ed209 gravatar imageed209 ( 2018-12-14 18:54:01 -0500 )edit

While I appreciate the effort, you're sadly ineffective this time around. The problem seems to stem from the ISO being on a network drive as opposed to a local drive.

pwd gravatar imagepwd ( 2018-12-16 05:11:49 -0500 )edit

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