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Installed latest Virtualbox 4.3.20 on my Windows 8.1 machine. Then downloaded and installed latest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS .iso file from ubuntu.com

After set up and all, the machine asked to restart. After the restart, and logging in, the display only shows the default purple-red wallpaper. No icons, no menu, no status bar, nothing. Only the cursor is visible. What do I do?

I am completely new to Ubuntu / Linux. Please Help.

Configs: core-i3 4030U 4 GB RAM 1TB HDD Windows 8.1

"Virtual Machine" configs: 1 CPU (out of total 4) 1802 MB RAM 64 GB disk space 32 MB display memory

  • Could you please post a screenshot? Depending on the DE you chose (most likely Unity), the desktop may be rather empty immediately after install. ctrl-alt-t will open a shell (verify this works). The fact that you could login from a graphical shell means the DM is installed properly. Otherwise open up ubuntu software center by typing software-center into the terminal you opened with ctrl-alt-t and start installing whatever you need. – crasic Jan 20 '15 at 9:16
  • Ubuntu/Unity will need >= 256 MB of video memory. You then also may want to install the guest additions. – Takkat Jan 20 '15 at 9:24
  • I do not know how to post screenshots here. However, I have one here: quora.com/… @crasic – Shubham Deshmukh Jan 20 '15 at 9:27
  • At the very least, you can try basically what is suggested on quora, open a terminal (ctrl-alt-t) and start nautilus by typing nautilus and see if you get a windows-explorer looking window to browse the hard-drive. You can also attempt to avoid loading the graphics-heavy components by selecting ubuntu-classic (or gnome-2d) when logging in (click on the little ubuntu sign next to your user name on the login screen and it will give you options) to check if it boots fine into that. – crasic Jan 20 '15 at 9:36
  • No, ctrl-alt-t is not working. @crasic – Shubham Deshmukh Jan 20 '15 at 9:49

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