I can only get Ubuntu 16.04 on my system (macos ~2010 running latest OS) if I first install 14.04 and then upgrade it.

I'm using the latest version of VirtualBox for Mac. It seems to be limited to ubuntu flavors. I've tried ubuntu, xubuntu and ubuntu-gnome. Latest Kali installs fine (which is debian based).

Here's what I get when I first boot up from ISO:

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  • Are you able to get to the option menu where you can choose to try or install Ubuntu? – TheWanderer Aug 24 '16 at 0:47
  • Nope. Not on 16.04 -- I can on 14.04. As soon as the live .iso boots up I get that messed up screen pictured in 16.04. I'm wondering if there's some display adapter setting in virtualbox I need to able. – chovy Aug 24 '16 at 0:49

Switching video consoles solves the problem. When you see the graphics screen that you illustrate, hit:

control-alt-f1 followed by control-alt-f7

I've also seen one person using:

rightctrl-f1 followed by rightctrl-f7

update: since the user has changed the default Virtualbox hot key from rightctrl to leftcommand, this particular user would have to type leftcommand-f1 followed by leftcommand-f7.

Let us know which one works for you. Cheers, Al

  • The correct combination for Virtualbox is the second, unless the user has changed the default right-ctrl function with another key. The ctrl-alt combination affects the host system if it's Linux. Judging from what I see on the image though, if we take a look at the lower right corner, the key is assigned to left-something. It's not right-ctrl either. – Stormlord Aug 24 '16 at 15:35
  • is there someway to just change this in virtualbox before I start the .iso? – chovy Aug 26 '16 at 1:02
  • don't know what i did wrong. on a mac, ctrl is not ctrl on windows. and i have a fn key. i tried but now i just have a black screen. – chovy Aug 26 '16 at 1:06
  • This worked: fn+alt+cmd+f1 -- I didn't need f7 – chovy Aug 26 '16 at 1:07

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