Why is my VirtualBox Linux Mint 16 VM hanging on startup?
Posted on 2014-03-09
I've got Oracle VirtualBox 4.3.6 installed on my Windows 7 64bit machine.
I've created a VM for Limux Mint 16 and run into problem(s).
The VM seems to work for a while and then I get into a "state."
It seems every once in a while, an instance I created just seems to hang at startup.
I get to the Linux Mint 16 Petra logo/screen. I see my username listed on the screen.
But, the Linux logon dialog never comes up. When this occurs, it's almost as if that VM has become corrupted or something like that (??)
I don't see any obvious errors. I've checked the logs and likewise there.
This has happened 3 or 4 times over the past several weeks. I'm forced to create an instance from a previous snapshot, and it appears to work fine.
At this point I've been taking frequent Snapshots so I don't have to redo much. But, creating new instances from snapshots is time consuming.
1) How can I tell what exactly is going on here?
2) What can I do to fix this issue on an existing VM instance?
3) What can I do to avoid this issue in the future?
I'm relatively new to the environment and am having difficulty finding appropriate answers to this (I've been googling....)