I have the following setup
Dell Precision 7520 With Windows 10 Version 2004 (OS build 19041.508)
I downloaded the Whonix XFCE ova file. I checked the sha512 and the gpg signature, all shows as good.
I imported the ova into Virtualbox, but when I start the gateway I get a “A critical error has occurred while running the virtual machine.” (see image below)
I proceeded to download the Whonix CLI ova and imported that. Both CLI VM’s startup with no problems and whonixcheck show all is good.
I then tried the start the XFCE-workstation with the CLI-Gateway, but the XFCE-workstation box also gets the error screen.
It basically boots, shows the grub screen, then proceed into the OS up to the second line " initiating ramdrive", after this the screen blanks for up to 1 minute and then Virtualbox presents the image below.
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I’ve tried all the options on the “black-screen” issue page with no success.
Rebooted my laptop with nothing but Virtualbox started, no success.
Is this a known issue? how can I resolve it? I can provide the log files, if there is a way to upload it.
SO interesting article I came across solved the problem and hopefully it can help someone else in the future as well.
Full disclosure, I have both VMware workstation and Virtualbox installed. This worked perfectly side by side for year, although I haven’t used Virtualbox in the last few moths only VMware Workstation.
When upgrading to Workstation 16, I was confronted by a new security feature that had two options (can’t remember then both) but one was to enable the hyper-V subsystem which now can run side by side with VMware workstation. This I chose (almost blindly) and continued to work in my Vm’s.
After running line for line through the log, I came across Virtualbox stating that there are no VT-x available. With some searching a person stated that hyper-V holds on to the VT features, VMware now knows how to interact with Hyper-V to get access to the VT features, but Virtualbox doesn’t. Thus to Virtualbox it seems as if the laptop doesn’t have any VT features. I ran a
bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off
Problem solved, the XCFE Virtualbox starts with no issues.
Thx for the help and understanding.
Whonix looks like a great product