"system is running in low graphics mode"- Dont have NVidia- VirtualBox

Asked by josh on 2013-06-25

I have to install Ubuntu into a Virtual Box drive for a class im in and i get the dreaded low memory problem. I dont have nvidia card, or so says speccy. I dont know if the problem is because i have a hdmi cable hooked up from my laptop to a big screen tv because the screen is broken on my laptop and the resolution is messing things up. i moved onto the 13.04 out of desperation to see if I could get it to stick. MAybe someone could help me.

For what it is worth, when i brings me to my login screen on the command terminal it doesnt allow me to put in a password. i type in my username and hit enter but nothing happens with the password, just sits there. if i type my password in thinking hey maybe this is a weird security feature, i hit enter, it tells me that the password is wrong


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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

When you type your password in CLI you will get no feedback. This is to hide length.

If you arent getting a decent display how is virtualbox part of this issue?

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josh (joshuawheeler0) said :

Im not really sure whats going on. I dont know if its virtualbox or ubuntu or my screen resolution which is why im asking. im just enterting networking and operating systems classes and my operating systems class is being asked to install ubuntu in virtualbox

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Virtualbox allows you to run and OS inside your host OS and will run in a Window. It doesn't affect video drivers in the host in any way.

What is the output of :

sudo lshw -C display; uname -a; lsb_release -a


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josh (joshuawheeler0) said :

1) how do i get to the command prompt? Im reinstalling ubuntu right now on 2 machines just to see what happens on my other laptop.

i am about to pass out so ill get you your answer in the morning

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Press CTRL + ALT + T

Are you getting the low graphics mode message in the virtualbox OS or the main system.


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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said :

About the password is as @actionparsnip said. When you typing the password nothing appears for security reasons. No asterisks, or something similar. Completely blank.

As for the VB and the graphics problem, I'm almost certain that you must install the Guest Additions. VirtualBox has its own Virtual Graphics card. (No matters what card you have in Host PC, only the MBs(or GBs) matters).

See a short guide on how to install the guest additions on Ubuntu Host.


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