virtualbox: Lucid alpha2 does not boot

Bug #508777 reported by Michael Schwartzkopff on 2010-01-17
This bug affects 17 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
virtualbox-ose (Ubuntu)
Nominated for Karmic by JanBrinkmann

Bug Description

My system:
AMD64, virtualbox 3.1.2. In this environment LL-A2 boots three lines:

fsck from util-linux-ng 2.16
/dev/sda1: clean, 48097/247008 files, 209377/987989 blocks
[ 7.688297] piix_smbus 0000:00:07.0: SMBus base address uninitialized - upgrade BIOS or use force_addr=0xaddr

Then the machine freezes.


Michael Schwartzkopff.

olituks (olituks) wrote :


I have also the same problem. I have tested with the last virtualbox .deb and with ose edition.

JanBrinkmann (jbrinkmann) wrote :

I can confirm this behaviour on Karmic i386. Here some additional details :

1) virtualbox ose package:

Package: virtualbox-ose
Priority: optional
Section: universe/misc
Installed-Size: 24292
Maintainer: Ubuntu MOTU Developers <email address hidden>
Original-Maintainer: Debian Virtualbox Team <email address hidden>
Architecture: i386
Version: 3.0.8-dfsg-1ubuntu1
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.7), libcurl3 (>= 7.16.2-1), libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1), libpython2.6 (>= 2.6), libsdl1.2debian (>= 1.2.10-1), libssl0.9.8 (>= 0.9.8f-5), libstdc++6 (>= 4.2.1), libx11-6, libxcursor1 (>> 1.1.2), libxext6, libxml2 (>= 2.7.4), libxmu6, libxslt1.1 (>= 1.1.18), libxt6, zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4), python (>= 2.4), python-central (>= 0.6.11), adduser
Recommends: virtualbox-ose-source (= 3.0.8-dfsg-1ubuntu1), virtualbox-ose-qt (= 3.0.8-dfsg-1ubuntu1), libgl1, libhal1
Suggests: virtualbox-guest-additions, libasound2, libpulse0
Conflicts: virtualbox, virtualbox-2.0, virtualbox-2.1, virtualbox-2.2, virtualbox-3.0
Filename: pool/universe/v/virtualbox-ose/virtualbox-ose_3.0.8-dfsg-1ubuntu1_i386.deb
Size: 6330620
MD5sum: 426eb2aba01e8a3a0579ff5207ac516f
SHA1: 820998e81bf569d08731765bd8cf24cce1a99266
SHA256: afdc95924ef8de840386360831694b7c925dfb5d957fce2abb5c8f571c36c683
Description: x86 virtualization solution - base binaries
 VirtualBox is a free x86 virtualization solution allowing a wide range
 of x86 operating systems such as Windows, DOS, BSD or Linux to run on a
 Linux system.
 This package provides the binaries for the Open Source Edition of
 VirtualBox. The virtualbox-ose-source package is also required in order to
 compile the kernel modules needed for virtualbox-ose. A graphical user
 interface for VirtualBox is provided by the package virtualbox-ose-qt.
Python-Version: >= 2.4
Origin: Ubuntu

2) lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 9.10
Release: 9.10
Codename: karmic

affects: ubuntu → virtualbox-ose (Ubuntu)
Changed in virtualbox-ose (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
JanBrinkmann (jbrinkmann) wrote :

A fix could be to update the karmic virtualbox version to 3.1.2, since it's a common way to test alphas like lucid in this case, or to evalutate upgrades in a testing environment etc:

summary: - Lucid alpha2 does not boot
+ virtualbox: Lucid alpha2 does not boot

This is a problem with the Ubuntu Image, not with the Virtual Box package that is being distributed.

I had similar symptoms, so I went to Windows XP and installed the last version of VirtualBox Free Edition (not Open Source). I tried to boot the Lucid ISO (and yes the checksum was ok). The initial menu came out OK, but after selecting "Try Ubuntu without Installing" or "Install Ubuntu" all I got was a black screen with a white underscore on the upper-left corner.

Maybe this has something to do with the introduction of Plymouth?

Tony Pursell (ajpursell) wrote :

My experience is slightly different. I upgraded VirtualBox on XP to 3.1.2 and Alpha 1 ran OK on it. I then did a fresh install of Alpha 2. This worked until I installed the first batch of updates. Then I got the failure to boot as described by Paulo (black screen with a white underscore on the upper-left corner). So I then did a fresh install of Alpha2 (same iso as before) hoping it would boot, but it does not.

raerek (raerek) wrote :

Upgraded to SUN VirtualBox 3.1.2 r56127 on karmic, same problem

raerek (raerek) wrote :

If i install alpha1, then apt-get upgrade, there is no problem. If I do apt-get dist-upgrade, machine freezes. Booting with a recovery cd, and changing GRUB to let me select which kernel to boot, and choosing the old (2.6.32-7) kernel, everything is fine.

Brewster Malevich (brews) wrote :

I confirm #7, but with Alpha 2. It boots off the original .iso but then fails after I upgrade packages. It's gotta be a funky kernel.

Confirmed. Installation of Lucid works fine (Image: lucid-alternate-i386.iso, 15.01.2010). After updating to the machine booting is no longer possible.

The problem does not seem to be kernel related though. The machine hangs directly after "grub loading", before I get the chance to select a kernel. The initial image contained kernel 2.6.32-10 (booted fine), after the update I have 2.6.32-12 (additional). The machine hangs before I have the chance to select either kernel.

David Planella (dpm) wrote :

I've had similar experiences.

My machine does not have hardware virtualization support, and Lucid images were working fine in Virtualbox up to a point. Now they can only start the bootloader, and whenever I try "Try Ubuntu without installing" or "Install Ubuntu", the VM hangs with 100% CPU usage. That's with either the desktop or alternate CDs, and I could reproduce it both in Karmic and Lucid host systems with different virtualbox versions.

There's also bug 518745, which might be a duplicate.

Michael Schwartzkopff (misch) wrote :


It seems to be a kernel bus in 2.6.32. I updated my VirtualBox to version 3.1.4 (sic !) which includes a workaround for a bug in the 2.6.32 kernel, virtualization part. See bug 6100 of virtualbox.

Not alpha2 of lucid boots, well at least I see other problems.

So I think this problem should be solved upstream.


Michael Schwartzkopff.

David Planella (dpm) wrote :

Installing the upstream 3.1.4 package did not solve the bug for me, but for the record, here's the direct link to the bug:

Booting the image with acpi=off (by pressing F6 and checking the option in the Ubuntu bootloader) as suggested there as a workaround did allow me to boot the image with virtualbox-ose 3.1.2-dfsg-1ubuntu1 (the Lucid one).

Grant Bowman (grantbow) wrote :

This bug stops some people from being able to test Lucid. The F6 acpi workaround (worked for me) needs to be put in various release notes. I hope that some version of virtualbox-ose that fixes this bug (3.1.5+?) also gets into Karmic soon. The Karmic one is currently at version 3.0.8-dfsg-1ubuntu1.

I did some testing with the daily image from today (2010-02-17) and I was able to boot selecting *either* "acpi=off" or "nomodeset". Trying to boot with the default configuration still leads nowhere.

Thanks for testing that, Paulo. That kind of testing can help to isolate
possible fixes.

On Feb 17, 2010 11:45 AM, "Paulo Albuquerque" <email address hidden>

I did some testing with the daily image from today (2010-02-17) and I
was able to boot selecting *either* "acpi=off" or "nomodeset". Trying to
boot with the default configuration still leads nowhere.

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