I followed a lot of different tutorials to install Android_x86 on VirtualBox (actually I want to install Android on a virtual machine, so if you have alternatives, I'm interested), I followed its step by step, but when the installation is completed : the GUI won't start... I just get this: boot

I find a solution here to edit the GRUB boot parameters. But the config I have doesn't match with theirs...

Here I have to change androidboot.hardware=android_x86 to androidboot.hardware=x86 but on my config I have androidboot.selinux=permissive

The ISO I downloaded is android-x86_64-8.1-r1.iso from here and the version of VirtualBox is 6.0.2 r128162 (Qt5.6.3)

If anybody can help me, thank in advance ! :D

  • I'm trying to run Android x86 in VMWare, with the same issue. Boots to console, no idea how to start the android UI! Commented Dec 22, 2020 at 15:52
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    See this post.
    – MarcAntony
    Commented Dec 23, 2020 at 16:57

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Settings -> Display -> graphic controller set to -> VBoxVGA. Turn off Enable 3D Acceleration. This worked for me in my VM.

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    didn't work for me with Android-x86 6.0 Marshmallow (R3)
    – Harley
    Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 5:14
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    This worked with Android 9 (k49) and VirtualBox 6.1.10 on Ubuntu 20.04. The 3D Acceleration checkbox is off by default. All I had to do is go into the machine settings under the display tab and set the graphics controller to "VBoxVGA".
    – joe
    Commented Aug 14, 2020 at 8:19
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    Worked for me with 1.41-r5. Commented Mar 30, 2021 at 5:08
  • Worked for me but after it launched seems crashed slow mouse movements Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 11:11
  • This worked for me too, but having an explanation of why it works would be great.
    – GPWR
    Commented Mar 31, 2022 at 21:23

I managed to solved my problem :

I just changed the display option Graphics Controller to VBoxVGA and enabled 3D Acceleration.

  • This does the job! But FYI, your second recommendation of 3d animation is the official recommendation anyway. I wish their manual will be updated with your first recommendation though!
    – LWC
    Commented Mar 23, 2019 at 21:46
  • Thanks for sharing the tweaks to do with VirtualBox. It works smoothly now.
    – tripulse
    Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 3:41
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    That, however, would seem to be a problem in the future, as VBoxVGA is deprecated. VBoxSVGA appears to work.
    – Auspex
    Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 11:54
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    Isn't "3D animation" supposed to be "3D Acceleration"? Commented Nov 21, 2019 at 18:57
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    Won't work, you can't use 3d acceleration with VBoxVGA
    – unixandria
    Commented Mar 23, 2020 at 14:01

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