Ubuntu – Ubuntu 17.10 black screen in VM


I am running Ubuntu 17.10 in virtualbox. It was working fine but now when I turn it on it says "recovering journal" and then comes up messages about removing orphaned inode. The screen then goes black and the window keeps re-sizing.

From Googling about it seem like it might be a driver issue with an update and the advice given is to boot into the command line and remove graphic drivers but how do I get to the command line? It just gives black screen.

I tried the boot cd and it works fine, I an still see all my files but how can I get to command line in the actual installed ubuntu to remove the drivers to see if that fixes issue?

edit: i discovered recovery console and tried fixing packages but still same issue. Is it possible to install ubuntu again but retain my files? I dont have any backups or snapshots

Best Answer

  • This is now working if you install the new version of the Guest Additions.
    For 5.2.6: https://www.virtualbox.org/download/testcase/VBoxGuestAdditions_5.2.7-120528.iso For 5.1.32: https://www.virtualbox.org/download/testcase/VBoxGuestAdditions_5.1.33-120529.iso Make sure you switch from Wayland to Xorg if you want 3D acceleration.