Software & Hardware Setup

Host System : Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64 bit
Guest : Ubuntu 10.04 (ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso) 32 bit
VM : VirtualBox 3.1.8
Hardware : Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 4GB SDRAM

What Happened

I followed the tutorial called Installing Ubuntu inside Windows using VirtualBox located here:

At first I downloaded ubuntu-10.04-desktop-amd64.iso because I figured that it would be a perfect fit with my Vista 64 OS. I was wrong because it turns out the my Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 CPU does not have Intel® Virtualization Technology. So I had to go with the ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso which is 32 bit. This got me to the point where I could actually create the Ubuntu VM.

So I set up the VM in VirtualBox (according to the tutorial I was following) to prepare for the Ubuntu 10.04 virtualization. Please go to my Picassa web album to see the screen shots of my VM settings and Ubuntu boot process so you can see what I experienced (they appear in the order that I experienced them in).


The first 17 images show the VM settings. The last 8 show my attempt at virtualizing Ubuntu 10.04. You can see booting up but ultimately failing.

The Specifics

The one error message I got was:

(process:210): GLib-WARNING **: getpwuid_r(): failed due to unknown user id (0)

It appeared on a black screen that sort of looked like a Windows console screen but with out the c:\ or the ability to type. Then this error message got more complex when tons of text appeared in the screen. Pictures 23 - 25 in the album show this text.

I should also mention that I found this post in the Ubuntu forums by zonination who seemed to have similar problems to mine even though they had a different set up. The main issue I think zonination and me may be having is the fact that we can not change the color mode to 32 bit while it is booting. I think the 16 bit color mode maybe making Ubuntu fail. Not certain though.

Well I hope I explained my problem thoroughly and clearly. Thanks for the tutorial. It got me started but, now I hope to finish this process so I can start developing in Ubuntu.

OH by the way if you want to actually see what happened play by play (with some classical in the background) check out the video I made over here:





I assume that you are new to virtualization and Linux, and as such would suggest that you try a different operating system and see if that works rather than spend time and effort on a problem that you may or may not be able to solve easily.

I would try a smaller distribution such as Damn Small Linux, to make sure that the host and Virtualbox are working correctly without having a large download. Don't bother to try and install (unless you want to, of course...), just see if it boots properly.

For a "real" Linux I'd go for one of OpenSuse, Fedora or Debian, in that order, but there are a stupid number of others.

  • i have no idea how to install that Damn Small Linux. There is no single .iso . I'm lost. – classer May 20 '10 at 12:17
  • Download an iso, the basic one, dsl-4.4.10.iso should be fine. Add it to the Media Manager, as you did with the UBuntu CD. Create a new machine, accepting all the defaults, don't worry about it being a "windows machine" at the moment. On "storage", add the DSL CD and then start the machine. – Neal May 20 '10 at 16:18

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