I'm trying to boot Ubuntu in a Virtual Machine. It looked like everything was well and dandy, until this screen showed up after the boot-up:


I'm not sure what to fix. This is my first attempt at using a Linux system, so I'm not very familiar with the details of how things work. How do I fix this?

  • Is screen of the host system desktop, or a console/VNC screen connected to VM? What is the host system running? What method did you use to install the VM and ubuntu? – BenjaminBrink Jan 25 '17 at 23:51
  • I'm not sure I understand the first question, but this was a screenshot of the window opened by Virtual box when I booted the virtual machine running ubuntu from my desktop. I'm running OS X. I used virtual box's website to download, and Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS to download the Ubuntu. – 7l-l04 Jan 26 '17 at 2:02

I submitted this bug more than two years ago: https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/13615

Oracle thinks it belongs to Ubuntu.

On the Ubuntu side, there are no people (who are enough technically competent) interested in investigating and fixing it: https://bugs.launchpad.net/virtualbox/+bug/1443853

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As memory serves me, switching TTY's should fix the problem. In your case, your host key is set for left-command, so it would be Left-command + F1, followed by Left-command + F7. It's a bug.

update: on your Mac, you may have to Left-command + fn + F1 and then Left-command + fn + F7

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  • Please remember to vote/accept my answer if it was helpful. – heynnema Jan 26 '17 at 1:15
  • This trick got me to a black screen, but unfortunately I didn't find any of the options displayed in this guide I'm following. I can't work on this anymore tonight, but thank you for your troubleshooting advice.. – 7l-l04 Jan 26 '17 at 2:50
  • If my commands didn't work, on a Mac, try left-command+fn+f1 and left-command+fn+f7. Report back. – heynnema Jan 26 '17 at 15:54

Try and run the VM with 3D Acceleration disabled


Set it to 32mb Video Memory with 3D acceleration turned on.

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