I'm trying to install many different versions of Ubuntu (12.04/14.04, amd64/x86, server/desktop, etc.) on VirtualBox 14.3.26 on OSX 10.10 and I'm getting the following error:

[ 0.000000] Fast TSC calibration failed.]

It's the first and only thing to show on the screen before the VM turns off and the VM window disappears (so that the only VirtualBox Manager screen is showing). Strangely, I was able to successfully install once (14.04LTS desktop amd64) before getting all of these failed attempts only minutes later.

What's going on here?

  • Restart the VirtualBox kernel modules by issuing 'sudo service vboxdrv restart' in a terminal window and see if it works again. – NetAndif Apr 6 '15 at 22:04
  • That file doesn't exist, I'm using Mac OSX 10.10 – s g Apr 6 '15 at 22:09
  • Sorry, i didn't realize that you are using MacOSX. I guess you've already restarted your machine... ;-) – NetAndif Apr 6 '15 at 22:15

After trying many different ISO's, different VM emulated hardware combinations, digging through VirtualBox logs, and addressing the OSX Crash Reporter error logs... I simply installed an older VirtualBox (4.2.x) and restarted my Mac which solved the problem.


That is generally a non-fatal message (as was previously described here). If your virtual machine is not working, the cause is probably elsewhere.

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