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I installed docker using the docker toolbox v1.9.1 application download and executable onto a Windows laptop.

Available at https://github.com/docker/toolbox/releases

The docker toolbox installs a number of components including:

  • dockerdocker 1.9.1
  • docker-machine 0.5.6
  • docker-compose 1.5.2
  • Kitematic
  • Boot2Docker ISO 1.9.1
  • VirtualBox 5.0.12

The first installation I did resulted in an issue with the IP addressing on the virtual adapters.

Docker IP


I tried fixing this in docker and VirtualBox, but did not have much success, so decided to go back to basics and remove and reinstall.

I did the reinstall as for some reason VirtualBox hung on the suggestion of removing the default vm and recreating it . First command below:

$ docker-machine rm default
$ docker-machine create --driver virtualbox default

This fix has worked for others though. I went slightly drastic with the reinstall but could’nt find why VirtualBox was not behaving.

Useful links/discussion on Exit Status 255:

Having reinstalled the applications rebooted and started the docker VM I was faced with an error message that something went wrong – exit status 1.

docker 2

Thankfully these days putting error messages into Google finds help as well as RTM (Read The Manual).

Having read a number of posts on the subject and trying some of the recommendations, I ended up upgrading VirtualBox to the latest test build v5.0.13. This resolved the issue and docker started correctly.

Useful links/discussion on Exit Status 1:

Testbuilds of VirtualBox available at:

Now fixed I can use docker on this laptop.