Does anyone know the solution to the dreaded black screen on Kali Linux when booting from VirtualBox? I imported the ova appliance straight from Kali's website (Kali-Linux-2016.2-vbox-i686.ova) and, set the video memory to 128MB, switched the USB 2.0 to USB 1.0 as instructed (to get it to boot at all). I've tried the "root"/"toor" combo as suggested by other posts, but nothing seems to work. It looks like it's running, however. Never had this problem with other versions of Linux to date. Any ideas?
I just had this issue. It turned out, after trying a bunch of other stuff, that it was caused by the OS being set to Ubuntu 32 bit instead of 64 bit.
I turned back on the stuff I had turned off, like PEA/NX, 3d acceleration, etc. from the default. Seems to work fine now that it has the correct OS.
Worked for me, hope it helps someone. BTW - host system is Windows 10 Pro 64 bit.
Kali Linux on Virtual Box - I think this is the same question. I just answered this guy too. I had the same problem. I had a black screen because kali was running, but I couldn't see it. So, click view at the top and select switch to scaled view. This should adjust the display so that kali recognizes it and shows you what you should be seeing.
I've been struggling with the black screen issue for a LONG time.
Here's how I was able to fix it the other day.
Launch virtualbox, go to help > about virtualbox
Take a look at your current version. If you're running a 5x version, then you have found your issue.
Remove virtualbox from your machine. If you're on linux, use the following commands(your vms shouldn't be deleted when doing this)
sudo apt-get remove virtualbox; sudo apt-get purge virtualbox*;
Once you've uninstalled virtualbox, go and download the latest version from the website : https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads Make sure that you get the one for your current version of linux. Find your current version with this command
After downloading the virtualbox deb package, install it with the following command(replace the file path with that of your specific deb package) :
dpkg -i ~/Downloads/virtualbox-.1_6.1.18-142142~Ubuntu~bionic_amd64.deb
Once done, you should be able to launch virtualbox and run kali without issues. I figured out that this was the issue for me after learning that kali is developed and tested using the most recent versions of virtualbox and vmware.
Hope this resolves the issue for someone else too!
The problem is that the laptop VirtualBox is installed does not have hardware virtualization as an option (a low end dual core intel B960 CPU) which explains a lot. The solution is to tell Kali to not look for Xen at boot.
These instructions will solve this little problem. Press "e" at the boot menu, scroll to the line that starts with "linux" and remove "quiet" and add "noreplace-paravirt" to the line, hit ctrl-x and let it finish booting (may take a couple of minutes), then login. Open a terminal and edit the /etc/default/grub w/editor of your choice and change GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet" to "GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="noreplace-paravirt" Run "update-grub" and reboot.