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I'm trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 on a virtual machine. I tried VMware Workstation 7.0, VMWare Player 3.0, and Oracle VirtualBox. I have the same issue on 3 applications, Ubuntu boots very well and logs in to the "test" desktop and everything disappears and the machine reboots again.

Does anyone have a solution for this issue?

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What is the host system? – LassePoulsen Nov 1 '10 at 6:12
Try checking the md5 hash for the image/media? – Mussnoon Nov 1 '10 at 6:35
This looks like a crash of the virtual machine. For a better understanding of what happens here many more informations on hardware (CPU GPU RAM), host OS and version, settings of the VM are needed. – Takkat Nov 1 '10 at 10:38
The virtual machine settings – Emad Mokhtar Nov 2 '10 at 5:42

You may also try pre-installed vdi files.

Check this url:

At the time being 10.04 is the latest vdi

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I want to test Ubuntu 10.10, maybe I'll go to 10.04 till I find a solution for this issue – Emad Mokhtar Nov 3 '10 at 20:30
Not recommended. I tried one of those images, and although it worked, it was in Italian. I changed the language on it, but it was a hassle. Also, the VM tools needed an update to VirtualBox 4.0 drivers. – djangofan Dec 30 '10 at 20:59

From the VM settings you linked to I guess your host runs on Windows. You could try to disable virtual 3D settings.

Second thought: maybe your *.vmdk harddisk has some incompatibilities. Try to generate a new harddisk with a fresh install from an original Ubuntu installation CD image.

Third: Don't try to run a 64-bit (am64) Ubuntu when the host OS is 32-bit only.

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I'm running the VM on Windows 7 64-bit, but I'm trying to install 32-bit Ubuntu – Emad Mokhtar Nov 3 '10 at 20:29
That's perfectly o.k. this way :-) – Takkat Nov 3 '10 at 21:31

try to run it from terminal and give us what they say with copy paste here

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sounds like a bad sector on your systems RAM or video card. i would scan the ram on both and see what you see. if you have onboard video on your system then scanning just the regular system ram is fine i think.

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