i was trying to uninstall wine, but the command i got from this site destroyed my ubuntu machine. the command was "sudo apt-get remove wine*" or --purge in place of remove would do same thing. it uninstalled everything. luckly i had everything on an external hdd.

so i reinstalled 12.04 64bit. started up virtual box, made a virtual machine for 12.04 32bit. (was going to test wine apps in it). the installation process was ok. but after reboot of the virtual machine, i get low graphics window at bootup. then i deleted and tried again. same thing.

i gave the virtual machine: 2 CPU cores 2GB ram 128MB video ram 3d & 2d acceleration. 16GB HDD.

my ubuntu 64bit machine has: AMD 4 core 16GB ram nvidia gtx 650 1TB+

It was working before the melt down. soo im not getting it... enter image description here

  • Is that error message from the virtual machine or from virtual box itself?
    – Colyn1337
    Aug 16, 2013 at 22:22
  • the wm. its ubuntu giving the message
    – Alex
    Aug 16, 2013 at 22:25
  • Did you get the right driver for your video card after reinstalling Ubuntu on your physical machine?
    – Colyn1337
    Aug 16, 2013 at 22:47
  • thanks for reminding me, but the 310 driver is the current one installed. ill try the older non-experimental one. ill update in a sec
    – Alex
    Aug 16, 2013 at 22:57

2 Answers 2


First go into the VM's settings and enable 3D acceleration from Display. Then boot the machine and install the virtualbox-guest-utils package. After rebooting, the graphics problem should be resolved.

  • 3d acceleration is enabled in the display settings for the vm. and the farthest point i get is a CLI login. basicly no gui.
    – Alex
    Aug 16, 2013 at 22:13
  • OK, then try logging in with your username and password, if you get a log in prompt, or you can get to one with <ctrl> - <alt> - <F1> (as long as <ctrl> is not the host key). Then you can install the package with sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-utils.
    – Richard
    Aug 16, 2013 at 22:18
  • i made the edit and thats what i had to do. just running the install without iso didnt work
    – Alex
    Aug 17, 2013 at 2:37
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    @Alex please, just write an answer using the box below, since what you propose is another solution, so you can get reputation for such.
    – Braiam
    Aug 17, 2013 at 3:08

What worked for me was to go to the device menu then select Install Guest Additions. What it does is downloading an ISO and auto mounting it in the current VM.

Then all I had to do what was running:

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-utils

Before installing the ISO this command didnt work. So install the ISO first.

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