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I installed VirtualBox from RPMFusion, and now Fedora20 won't boot.

asked 2014-09-15 13:17:35 -0600

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updated 2014-09-16 09:08:52 -0600

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How do you boot with selected services not started? Can one run VirtalBox on Fedora20? Thanks All.

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@kwoodle I don't have any problems with running VirtualBox on my Fedora 20 laptop, don't give up.

somethingSomething gravatar imagesomethingSomething ( 2014-09-15 14:32:30 -0600 )edit

can't be related , VirtualBox doesn't affect boot process

sergiomb gravatar imagesergiomb ( 2014-09-19 15:00:38 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-09-15 13:35:45 -0600

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I run VirtualBox on my Fedora system and I don't suffer the problems you're seeing. It could be a problem with VirtualBox but it's also likely that something else was updated at the same time that's causing the boot to fail. A likely culprit is the video drivers.

What do you see when it doesn't boot? Does it get beyond the grub screen? Beyond the filling up Fedora logo in the middle? Does it get to where you expect the log-in screen to appear and then go all black? Can you actually describe what it does that's different to a normal boot? If the fedora logo appears and starts filling, what do you see if you press 'esc' and flip to the service startup screen?

Can you open a text console after it's 'failed' to boot? (You do this by waiting for the boot to complete as far as it can then press CTRL-ALT-F2). If you get a command prompt you know your video drivers have failed.

The last resort would be to get into single user mode (that mean editing the kernel boot line in grub - something we can talk you through if you need to) then uninstall the last set of updates using yum. You have a yum log telling you exactly which packages you installed last in the /etc/log/ directory, which you'll need root privilege to read.

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You can also see the last updated or installed packages with yum history info.

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2014-09-15 14:30:31 -0600 )edit

Thanks Cobra, Ctrl-Alt-F2 gave command prompt, so video drivers had failed. I downloaded and installed the latest drivers and am now able to restart fedora20. I'm not sure what caused the problem, I may have installed 32-bit versions of the drivers earlier. BTW, I did not find log files in the "usual places", have to use journalctl on my system. Also, removing VirtualBox did not solve problem.

kwoodle gravatar imagekwoodle ( 2014-09-15 20:57:46 -0600 )edit

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