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I've been trying to get a vagrant box up and running off of my Windows 8 computer using VirtualBox. vagrant up fails when it gets to connecting via ssh however. When I attempt to boot into GUI mode, I am presented with a blank black screen so I assume it's not an SSH problem per-say but an issue with the fact that the box won't even boot all the way in VirtualBox. Sadly, the same box works fine on another Windows 8 machine.

I have tried the following versions of VirtualBox:

  • 4.2.10
  • 4.2.12
  • 4.2.14

I have tried the following base boxes ( = 'blah'):

  • base
  • precise32
  • precise64

Each one presents with the same issues. It'll get past the splash screen, sometimes show a recovery screen, and then go to a black screen with no HDD or Network activity shown in the status bar.

Any thoughts?

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Increase the logging and see what error messages you get. – spuder Aug 16 '13 at 19:20
@spuder Thanks for your thought! I've done that, sadly the only additional info I get is that it is repeatedly trying to SSH in to the box and failing with timeouts/connection refused depending on the length of the timeout I add to the config. – GotDibbs Aug 16 '13 at 19:23

I had the same problem, but on a Mac. I tried sudo vagrant up and it worked. I then moved to another directory where I had the rights without sudo and it worked as well. Again, on a Mac not on Windows but check your permissions.

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