After update restarted VM. Startup was slow, screen was spammed with “Failed to start VirtualBox Guest VMSVGA resize client”

I have an issue with Manjaro XFCE. I’m running it as a guest in VirtualBox Version 6.1.12 r139181 (Qt5.6.2), running on Windows 7. Graphics controller VMSVGA, UEFI.
After pacman -Syu I restarted VM. Startup was slow, screen was spammed with “Failed to start VirtualBox Guest VMSVGA resize client”. Several minutes later system started up. But it seems there is something wrong with systemd:
PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
1 root 20 0 598296 436904 8896 R 96.3 7.2 36:06.52 systemd
250 root 20 0 373360 228632 226716 R 10.7 3.8 5:30.44 systemd-journal
journalctl is full of
Aug 30 12:40:58 mojo-XFCE-5 systemd[1]: Failed to start VirtualBox Guest VMSVGA resize client.
Aug 30 12:40:58 mojo-XFCE-5 systemd[1]: Failed to start VirtualBox Guest VMSVGA resize client.
Aug 30 12:40:58 mojo-XFCE-5 systemd[1]: Failed to start VirtualBox Guest VMSVGA resize client.
and keeps going near speed of light.

I installed another vm with the same settings. I used manjaro-xfce-20.0.3-200606-linux56.iso (checksum ok, gpg checked and ok). No problem spotted, works as expected. After pacman -Syu the same problem comes back.

I tried get back the kernel and virtualbox-guest-modules, that worked just before:
pacman -U “…/linux57-5.7.15-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst”
pacman -U “…/linux57-virtualbox-guest-modules-6.1.12-7-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz”
but it didn’t help.

Any suggestions?

can you boot on kernel 5.7 ?

Switch to VBoxSVGA

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Yes, the system boots and works, but feels kinda slow. Right now I’m in this vm. And the kernel is 5.7:
Linux mojo-XFCE-5 5.7.15-1-MANJARO #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue Aug 11 15:00:37 UTC 2020 x86_64 GNU/Linux
I tried 5.8. Same issue.

virtualbox is not ready for linux58

Switched to VBoxSVGA and the issue is gone.

upgraded linux57 (5.7.15-1 -> 5.7.17-2)
upgraded linux57-virtualbox-guest-modules (6.1.12-7 -> 6.1.12-10)
No problem.

installed linux58 (5.8.3-2)
installed linux58-virtualbox-guest-modules (6.1.12-8)
No problem.

I thought the VBoxSVGA is not recommended. Even in VBox GUI if you select VBoxSVGA it gives you hint not recommended.

Anyway thanks a lot for help!

But Virtualbox works with linux58. I never saw any problem w it.

I am seeing the same issue as I need to use 3D acceleration and therefore VMSVGA. Were you able to use 3D acceleration before, in full screen?

Virtualbox has its issues when Nvidia driver is used …

Ran into this issue today.

When using VMSVGA system chokes on vboxdrmclient.service failing and restarting infinitely to the point where the load causes login to time out.
The Live ISO has the same problem too, rendering it unusable.

Problem caused by extra/{kernel-version}-virtualbox-guest-modules and community/virtualbox-guest-utils.

Solved as: chroot into installed system remove packages mentioned above, build the guest modules from Oracle’s guest ISO.