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How do I set up Fedora 18 on virtualbox with a Mac OS X (10.7.5) host

asked 2013-04-20 20:57:29 -0500

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updated 2013-04-23 07:28:23 -0500

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I have no experience with either virtualbox or linux and very little experience with Mac Terminal. I've been able to install and set up virtual box but am having no success installing fedora on the virtual box environment. How can I boot it to a virtual cd on Mac? If I can't, what's the best way to get this going?

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answered 2015-06-13 14:43:37 -0500

I have lots of problems with Fedora as a guest in both VMware and VirtualBox with the video drivers on my MacBook Pro (circa 2012) running Yosemite. I have no experience with Fedora as a host OS on this MacBookPro. I know this isn't much to go on, but I'm hoping for some insight from others.

The video will start to create horizontal lines moving vertically up and down the screen. The problem is intermittent and will either escalate to a blank screen which the VM will not recover from or it will stop after approximately 2-5 minutes and then start again. Another display anomaly is the screen will shift horizontally approximately 1/3 to the right so that it is "wrapping" around the physical display.

None of these issues ever affect my hardware when not using Fedora in VMware or VBox, and they also do not happen when using any of the other flavors of Linux that I use, which includes Mint, Ubuntu, CentOS, OpenBSD, Kali, or any Windows VM guest, including WinSrv2012, WinSrv2012R2, Win7, Win8.1, WinSrv2008R2.

I previously had similar, but different, video problems with this MavBookPro last year when connecting the Lightning port to an HDMI projector. That problem escalated until Apple replaced the video card for me. This current card, has not caused those problems since being installed.

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answered 2013-04-23 07:32:45 -0500

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  1. Install virtualbox on your host. Binaries available here

  2. Download the flavour of Fedora 18 you wish to install from here

  3. Verify your download

  4. Run virtualbox. Create a new virtual machine. It has a wizard that takes you step by step through the installation. Google "virtualbox howto": there are multiple tutorials, blogs, videos available that will get you through this stage.

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