I had Ubuntu 17.04 (no longer supported) in VirtualBox. After upgrading the VB guest additions to 5.2.6 from 5.2.4 it would only boot to a black screen.

I decided to reinstall Ubuntu from scratch. I installed 17.10. After installing the VB guest additions, the boot process hangs with the message

A start job is running for Hold until boot process finishes up (23s / no limit)

The system would only boot if I disable 3D acceleration for VirtualBox. But if I do that, the Ubuntu desktop is very slow.

Is there any way to get 17.10 running in VirtualBox 5.2.6 with good performance, like I could run 17.04?

The host is macOS 10.13.3, NVIDIA 750M graphics

  • Maybe I should just go back to 16.04 ...
    – Szabolcs
    Feb 3 '18 at 13:00
  • It might be a good idea. Or try to use Xorg instead of Wayland.
    – dadexix86
    Feb 3 '18 at 13:09
  • @dadexix86 I think I found the problem. The VB website says that the 5.2.6 guest additions are broken. Unfortunately, I found this only after deleting 17.10. But I'll probably be better off with 16.04 anyway.
    – Szabolcs
    Feb 3 '18 at 13:20
  • I didn't know it, sorry! :)
    – dadexix86
    Feb 3 '18 at 13:21

I believe this is because the 5.2.6 VirtualBox guest additions are broken, as mentioned on the VirtualBox website:

Important: The Guest Additions which come with VirtualBox 5.2.6 and 5.1.32 do not work properly on Linux guests with 3D enabled. Here are updated versions for 5.2.6 and 5.1.32.


I resolved by following steps in VirtualBox-5.2.18:

  1. Unchecked 3D acceleration option in Setting | Display of your machine.
  2. Start your machine
  3. Add "Guest Additions" in top menu "device" of the window.
  4. Shutdown
  5. Checked 3D acceleration option in Setting | Display of your machine.
  6. Start your machine again.

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