I am new to Linux, and recently installed Debian 8 to a guest virtual machine running under Virtual Box on a Windows 8 laptop (Asus x552cl).

When I try boot up the Debian system, the virtual machine completely freezes while loading the ramdisk -- I can't even call the console. I thought it was because of my Nvidia video card. I disabled it with Window's device manager, tried to reboot Linux, but it didn't help.

Also, when I was installing Debian it took nearly 30 hours to finish.

Before this I had tried to get Ubuntu as second (virtual machine) OS, but just like with Debian, I ran in the same black screen of death. What may might be wrong, and how should I fix it?

  • On the Asus x552cl, what is the host OS that Virtual Box is running under?
    – agc
    Apr 14 '16 at 0:30
  • Windows 8.1 is the one
    – Alex Buddy
    Apr 14 '16 at 9:17
  • Now, were you 1) trying to install Debian to a disk image file which would always run under virtual box, or 2) using VBox to run an installer to put Debian on a non-virtual partition of a physical hard drive, (i.e. a dual boot system).
    – agc
    Apr 14 '16 at 18:12
  • 1st case only virtual drive
    – Alex Buddy
    Apr 15 '16 at 20:25

My first thought is that it shouldnt take 30hrs to install and it might be a corrupt ISO. Have you tried downloading a new ISO and reinstall?

If not, here are 3 conversations on the black screen issue that may help-






Also, you may want to try vmware player. Its free.

  • Yes I tried few iso's from the official site, it was the same. I have used DVD, CD as well as netinstall disc. Thanks for the link I'm gonna check it out
    – Alex Buddy
    Apr 14 '16 at 9:18
  • @AlexBuddy Did you get the issue solved? If so how? I'm here from the first result of google
    – dustytrash
    Apr 5 '20 at 19:12

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