After installing Kali Linux 2017 W7 successfully from a usb, I restart my computer and boot into the hard drive. All I see is a black screen with a cursor blinking in the top left. I've tried mounting the image to my usb using Rufus (both ISO and DD) and win32 disk imager. Why am I booting into a black screen with a cursor?

May be Relevant: I have windows installed on a different hard drive. I did not put GRUB on the master boot record, I chose to put it on the hard drive that I installed Kali linux on.


  • Motherboard: Asus sabertooth z77
  • Graphics card: 2x GTX 780
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  • try running it with the nomodeset parameter on grub. Also try switching VTs. – Aibobot Feb 14 '17 at 3:59
  • What is the nomodeset parameter, and what is a vt? I have very little experience with linux. I also have no grub screen, it jsut goes straight into the black screen and a cursor. – Ethan Shapiro Feb 14 '17 at 5:03
  • If you have little experience with linux you shouldn't be running kali. Its a specialised distro meant for a specific purpose. Here's a question on AU to what a virtual terminal is. You switch between them by using alternate and function keys, and often when X dosen't load, you can still use these to verify the OS works. nomodeset is a common workaround for the precise issue you're facing. – Aibobot Feb 14 '17 at 5:16
  • I actually have a course on how to start hacking with Kali, but the instructor is using fedora with a vm with Kali on it. That's my reasoning why I would like to install Kali. – Ethan Shapiro Feb 14 '17 at 14:13
  • The instructor clearly knows what he's doing. – Aibobot Feb 14 '17 at 14:19

I had this same problem when I installed kali on my virtual box. The exact same thing was happening. I switched my view to scaled view and then kali appeared. I think you're in the same situation. Boot your system. Then go to BIOS. Change the view to autoscale.

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