Failed to open a session for the virtual machine...

Hi Support,

I am having trouble accessing my VM, could someone help please? Not quite sure how it happened:

Could not open the medium ‘/Users/liamcampbell/VirtualBox VMs/Whonix-Gateway-XFCE/Whonix-XFCE-’.

VD: error VERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND opening image file ‘/Users/liamcampbell/VirtualBox VMs/Whonix-Gateway-XFCE/Whonix-XFCE-’ (VERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND).

Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
Component: MediumWrap
Interface: IMedium {ad47ad09-787b-44ab-b343-a082a3f2dfb1}

00:00:03.762564 VirtualBox VM 6.1.6 r137129 darwin.amd64 (Apr 9 2020 19:56:33) release log
00:00:03.762568 Log opened 2020-09-11T16:53:11.918765000Z
00:00:03.762569 Build Type: release
00:00:03.762586 OS Product: Darwin
00:00:03.762595 OS Release: 17.7.0
00:00:03.762603 OS Version: Darwin Kernel Version 17.7.0: Wed Apr 24 21:17:24 PDT 2019; root:xnu-4570.71.45~1/RELEASE_X86_64
00:00:03.762747 DMI Product Name: MacBookPro9,2
00:00:03.762890 DMI Product Version: 1.0
00:00:03.762897 Firmware type: failed - VERR_NOT_SUPPORTED
00:00:03.762915 Host RAM: 16384MB (16.0GB) total, 4843MB (4.7GB) available
00:00:03.762918 Executable: /Applications/
00:00:03.762920 Process ID: 66523
00:00:03.762920 Package type: DARWIN_64BITS_GENERIC
00:00:03.766671 Installed Extension Packs:
00:00:03.766741 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack (Version: 6.1.6 r137129; VRDE Module: VBoxVRDP)
00:00:03.785701 Console: Machine state changed to ‘Starting’
00:00:03.787499 Qt version: 5.6.3
00:00:03.798252 Console: Machine state changed to ‘PoweredOff’
00:00:03.811235 Power up failed (vrc=VINF_SUCCESS, rc=NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0X80004005))
00:00:04.318420 GUI: UIMachineViewNormal::resendSizeHint: Restoring guest size-hint for screen 0 to 1024x734
00:00:04.318515 ERROR [COM]: aRC=E_ACCESSDENIED (0x80070005) aIID={4680b2de-8690-11e9-b83d-5719e53cf1de} aComponent={DisplayWrap} aText={The console is not powered up}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:00:04.318590 GUI: Aborting startup due to power up progress issue detected…
00:00:04.318961 GUI: UIMediumEnumerator: Medium-enumeration finished!

Many thanks

Whonix doesn’t produce the VirtualBox host software. Neither it does changes to your host.

Means just what it says. That file no longer exists. Possibilities include: you manually deleted these files, another computer user deleted these files, some program such as antivirus deleted that file (although we never had such reports), there are software issues of the host operating system, hardware issues with the physical storage drive or you installed to a device which is no longer connected.

Delete the VM(s) and re-import Whonix.

Hi Peter,

Thanks for your help,

I have tried to import it all again and now i’m getting the below error:

Failed to import appliance users\liamcampbell\Downloads\Whonix-XFCE-

Many thanks

You need to delete existing VM(s) from VirtualBox.

Error message too short. Please copy in full.

Also these are not Whonix specific issues. These are VirtualBox specific issues. Can be resolved as per Free Support for Whonix ™. I.e. use search engines - answers are probably already available on the internet.

Hi Patrick,

Full error is: Failed to import appliance /Users/liamcampbell/Downloads/Whonix-XFCE- .

Result Code: NS_ERROR_INVALID_ARG (0x80070057)

I will check online too,


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