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I am having some difficulty installing Ubuntu using Virtualbox on a Windows 7 host that has an AMD A10 APU. The specific APU is the A10-7860K. The VM starts, gives me the Ubuntu loading screen with the version then goes to a black screen and nothing else happens. I cannot get past this screen. I've tried multiple different Virtualbox configurations with the Paravirtualization type, with and without PAE, ICH9 and PIIX3 chipsets, allocated a second CPU core, upped video memory to my max of 128MB, enabled/disabled 3D acceleration...

No matter what I do, it will not boot past the black screen so I can actually install and run the OS. I've researched and it seems to be an AMD GPU driver issue but have yet to find a resolution for being completely unable to install.

I was able to install CentOS7 as a test without an issue, and Fedora has worked well in the past. I really need to get Ubuntu 16.04.5 up and running. 18.04 will work in a pinch. Is there any hope for my APU?

  • Might be a dupe of askubuntu.com/questions/295222/…. – pbhj Nov 15 '18 at 20:12
  • After reading through that, it doesn't look related. My issue seems to be specific to my particular generation of AMD APUs. I went through getting to the root shell but I cannot as the OS cannot even install. I never get the option to do so. – Marisa Nov 15 '18 at 20:36
  • @Marisa - you are using Windows 7 with virtualbox ? - Maybe change to an Ubuntu - Installation - do we say 18.04.01 LTS and then run virtualbox on it ? You could run Windows7 in virtualbox and else Linux Distros in virtualbox. – dschinn1001 Nov 15 '18 at 20:50
  • That's not really an option. I have a need for a Windows host. The Ubuntu install is to replicate a customer environment for Magento 2. – Marisa Nov 15 '18 at 21:02
  • You probably had tried all that already but I'll mention it anyway: update the AMD host Windows graphics driver, update VirtualBox to the latest release version, enable AMD-V in the computer's BIOS. – Takkat Nov 16 '18 at 11:21

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