I am trying to install Fedora 23 on VirtualBox running on Windows 10 host. I am using Fedora-Live-Workstation-x86_64-23-10.iso to install.

Configuration Selected:

  • RAM allocated: 4096 MB
  • HDD allocated: 64 GB, Fixed
  • Processors allocated: 2, PAE/NX selected
  • Display memory allocated: 128 MB (full)
  • 3D Acceleration: Enabled
  • OS Selected: Fedora 23 64-bit
  • VirtualBox version: 4.3

Host machine Configuration

  • Intel i3-4150@3.5GHz, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Onboard Intel graphics

Problem: During installation it shows the screen where you have to select between Install to hard drive and start fedora. Right at that screen I get Oh no! Something has gone wrong message. Even if I exhibit lightning reflexes and select any of the options, this error is the end result.

I can press Ctrl+Alt+F2 to launch a terminal. But again I am clueless here.

P.S.: Sometimes, only some time, a smaller frame overlaps this message. This frame is like a peep hole to installation process. Lot of scrolling in all directions helps install Fedora, but this error appears on reboot.

What other information can I provide?


The same configuration works flawlessly on a colleague's computer. Only he has alloted 12 MB as video memory without acceleration of any kind. I made those same changes with no effect.

EDIT 2: My colleague is running his virtualbox on Windows 8.1 (Mine is Windows 10). I believe this may be a cause of the said error.

  • Try using the Basic Graphics installation option and see if the issue is still there.
    – schaiba
    May 4 '16 at 11:21
  • You can also hit Ctrl+L in the "Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager" to see the log files. Maybe there is something useful logged.
    – mnille
    May 4 '16 at 11:22
  • @schaiba I do not see such an option.
    – abyshukla
    May 4 '16 at 11:48
  • Also turn off PAE option
    – fpmurphy
    May 4 '16 at 11:56
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    My bet is that you need to enable virtualization technology on your BIOS as already said by @GAD3R
    – user34720
    May 4 '16 at 16:42

Well, some digging revealed that my version of Windows 10 was not compatible with virtualbox and fedora's GDM.

Steps taken:

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+F2
  2. Enter your username
  3. Enter the password

The below commands are to be run on the terminal

  1. Remove GDM (gnome desktop manager) entirely. Command sudo dnf remove gdm*
  2. Install XFCE or some such (anything except the friggin' Gnome. sudo dnf install xfce

Not marking as a solution, since it's only a workaround. Or maybe, to rack up some points, I might mark it as one later.

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