I am following the instructions on RunningKVM.

My host runs Ubuntu Server 14.04.1 (64 bit)

I downloaded the Ubuntu Server ISO file:

wget -c http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/releases/14.04.2/ubuntu-14.04.1-server-amd64.iso

And then I ran:

qemu-img create -f qcow2 vdisk.img 10G
qemu-system-x86_64 -hda vdisk.img -cdrom ubuntu-14.04.1-server-amd64.iso -boot d  -m 384


Could not initialize SDL(No available video device) - exiting

From what I understand, this is because I am not running it from X windows machine.

Then, after googling, I added -vga none and I ran:

qemu-system-x86_64 -vga none -hda vdisk.img -cdrom ubuntu-14.04.1-server-amd64.iso -boot d  -m 384

And again I got the same error.

Then I ran with -nographic:

qemu-system-x86_64 -nographic  -hda vdisk.img -cdrom ubuntu-14.04.1-server-amd64.iso -boot d  -m 384

And this was stuck without any error (I waited over 10 minutes). So I had to kill this process from a different machine.

What is the correct way to install when the host does not have x windows with this setup?

  • Have you tried qemu -curses? You may also want to try running gksudo qemu-system-x86_64 <switches> as well – ThatGuy Nov 28 '16 at 2:43
  • I had just tried qemu -curses... – Kevin Wilson Nov 28 '16 at 5:28
  • Poke: three weeks past by. Any ideas about the answer ? – Kevin Wilson Dec 13 '16 at 12:30
  • My previous comment from 28 of November was not sent fully, so I am repeating it in full: I had just tried qemu -curses, and I see one line on a black screen, saying: 1024x 768 Graphic mode (in blue). And I cannot do anything from this screen, – Kevin Wilson Dec 13 '16 at 16:05

Try with -vga qxl (you must modprobe the qxl module first), or -vga virtio.

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