[SOLVED] Updated to Ubuntu 11.10 on VirtualBox and now you get a blank screen when you reboot?

October 20th, 2011 1 minute reading time.

So you used the update manager to upgrade to the new Ubuntu 11.10 that came out a couple days ago and when you’re finished with the process, next time it boots you get a blank screen.

Do this:

1. Switch to a terminal.
Press “Ctrl+Alt+F1″ if you’re on Windows.
Press “Cmd + F1″ or “Ctrl + Alt_option + F1″ if you on MacOSX.

You will now be on a text based terminal (TTY1), and you will see that your VM has booted fine, you just didn’t have a graphical environment, therefore the blank screen.

2. Login in with your account on this text based terminal by entering your credentials.

3. Install virtualbox-ose-guest-utils.
(Yes, I also had my virtual guest additions installed before so that I could have full screen resolution, but the problem seems to be related to this and now ubuntu has a package on their repos that you need.)

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose-guest-utils [enter]

4. Reboot
sudo reboot

You’re done.

12 Responses to “[SOLVED] Updated to Ubuntu 11.10 on VirtualBox and now you get a blank screen when you reboot?”

  1. Pete Says:

    Hi, I came across your article via Google, and I thought I should post instructions for a related problem, but a slightly different solution. Running Virtualbox on a mac, after updating Ubuntu to 11.10, I was stuck on the purple loading screen with 5 red dots.

    1) Start up Ubuntu holding shift to access the Grub menu.
    2) Select recovery mode. Previously, I had tried failsafe-x mode, but this appears to have disappeared!
    3) Start fsck (to exit read-only mode).
    4) To connect to the network, type in “dhclient eth0″ [enter] (without the quote marks).
    5) Type in “sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose-guest-utils” [enter]
    6) Type in “sudo reboot” [enter], then select the first option.

  2. Gary Says:

    Excellent – thanks. Been trying to figure this out for the last week or so but couldn’t find anyone reporting the same problem.

    Worked like a charm.

  3. Justin R. Says:

    Worked for me after upgrading and being hung at the purple ubuntu startup screen. Thanks for the solution!

  4. Robbie Says:

    Legend, wow that fixed it. Thanks so much for publishing this fix!

    Good job.

  5. Wayne Says:

    Thanks Pete! I’ve searched for a solution since the Ubuntu 11.10 version was released and your way worked.

    Thanks again and all the best to you!

  6. RCD Says:

    Thank you very much. This did the job.

  7. Rox Says:

    Thanks a ton dude.. Worked instantly.. Flawless!!

  8. maggie Says:

    Thanks! After trying out different solutions on the internet for days, this is the only one which worked. :)

  9. Sam Says:

    Thanks so much. This totally solved the issue.

  10. Andreas Says:

    THANKS to OP and Pete, awesome tip! In my case I had to run “dhclient eth1″ and then re-install the guest addition but other than that it was spot on!

  11. Jef Says:

    Thank you very much for your tip ! It worked instantly. Thank you again !

  12. tejas tank Says:

    I have same problem with ubuntu 12 LTS.

    I had try ctr + alt +f1, but noting happens.

    just status is running………..

    How can I resolve this. ???

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