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Problem when installing SageMath on XP

asked 2018-01-30 16:45:36 +0200

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Hello everyone,

Using Virtual Box 5.2.6 I've tried to install SageMath using sage-6.10.ova file. However I faced the following problem :image description

If the image doesn't display here is the error I got: Failed to import virtual machine C:\Documents and Settings\Nicolas\My Documents\Downloads\sage-6.10.ova.

Could not create the imported medium 'C:\Documents and Settings\Nicolas\VirtualBox VMs\Sage-6.10\sage-6.10-disk1.vmdk'.

VMDK: cannot write allocated data block in 'C:\Documents and Settings\Nicolas\VirtualBox VMs\Sage-6.10\sage-6.10-disk1.vmdk' (VERR_DISK_FULL).

Error code : VBOX_E_FILE_ERROR (0x80BB0004) Component : ApplianceWrap Interface : IAppliance {8398f026-4add-4474-5bc3-2f9f2140b23e}

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Why install the two-year-old Sage 6.10, instead of the one-month-old SageMath 8.1?

slelievre gravatar imageslelievre ( 2018-01-30 18:07:44 +0200 )edit

Note that support by Microsoft of Windows XP stopped in April 2014.


You might want to use a more recent, and supported, operating system.

slelievre gravatar imageslelievre ( 2018-01-30 18:11:09 +0200 )edit

You might also try Sage Debian Live, the bootable usb drive running Debian and shipping Sage (with many optional packages), along with many other free software applications and programs.


slelievre gravatar imageslelievre ( 2018-01-30 18:12:55 +0200 )edit

Anyone still using XP probably has a very good reason to do so, so please stop being pedantic.

bolleke gravatar imagebolleke ( 2021-01-05 12:09:42 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-01-30 18:08:45 +0200

slelievre gravatar image

The error message includes VERR_DISK_FULL which might indicate that the disk is full.

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VERR_DISK_FULL gives the hint, the virtually allocated space is fully allocated. Topic is often encountered, e.g. VERR_DISK_FULL post on

Personal note:

The simplest solution is to use (on some cheap, then very soon on some expensive hard drive) a linux installation (ubuntu or manjaro - my preferences), then a true sagemath install.

dan_fulea gravatar imagedan_fulea ( 2018-01-30 18:27:00 +0200 )edit

Thank you for your answers !

Frigadomo gravatar imageFrigadomo ( 2018-01-31 12:07:52 +0200 )edit

If an answer solves your problem, you can click the check mark button to mark it as accepted.

This way, the question will appear as solved on the front page of ask sage or in results to a query.

slelievre gravatar imageslelievre ( 2018-01-31 21:03:45 +0200 )edit

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