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There is literally nothing on the screen except the colorful background and the mouse.

Issue with windows 8+ Intel HD+ Sun virtual Box+ 32 Mb of Video Memory After the login nothing comes up but able to go to CLI by ctrl+alt+F1. Also i started up ssh and able to work through the CLI but UI doesnt work at all.

Do i need any specific version of the drivers for Intel HD 4000?

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Check:… – Javier Rivera Feb 11 '13 at 8:00
Also:… – Javier Rivera Feb 11 '13 at 8:00
Finally your graphical card doesn't matter if you are running in Virtual Box, Ubuntu can't use it. The Guest Additions provide all the (virtual) drivers that you need. – Javier Rivera Feb 11 '13 at 8:01

The issue seems to be with Unity and forcing to 3D.

I solved this problem following the following document:

I did not do the last part of the document. All I did is as follows:

  1. After you login, you get an empty screen with the Ubuntu wallpaper, at this point do a Ctrl-Alt-t. This will launch the terminal window.

  2. Issue the following commands:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
    sudo apt-get -f update
    sudo apt-get -f install gdm gnome-shell gnome-tweak-tool gnome-session-fallback
  3. You will be asked what Window Manager to use, make sure you select GDM.

  4. Reboot, while still in the terminal window, issue the following command:

    sudo shutdown -r now

That should do it. If you still have issues, make sure your read the web link listed above.

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