Ubuntu – Ubuntu 17.10: “a start job is running for Hold until boot process finishes up (time/no limit)


Installed 17.10 about a month ago, havn't had any issues until today after my windows machine decided to restart itself automatically. Upon logging back into Virtual box and Ubuntu I get this error. Has me puzzled. I'm a noob, so I thought it was operator error, but it may not be. Any resources or ideas are appreciated!

My host is windows, using virtual box for Ubuntu 17.10

Best Answer

  • This can be caused from a broken version of Guest Additions. From https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads :

    Important: The Guest Additions which come with VirtualBox 5.2.6 and 5.1.32 do not work properly on Linux guests with 3D enabled. Here are updated versions for 5.2.6 and 5.1.32.

    The easiest way to fix the issue seems to be:

    1. Power down the VM
    2. Disable 3D Acceleration in VirtualBox Disaply Settings
    3. Boot the system and install the updated Guest Additions
    4. Power down the VM
    5. Re-enable 3D Acceleration in VirtualBox Disaply Settings
    6. Power up the VM system, which now boots correctly
  • Related Question