Oracle VM - Stuck at 20%

Hour 7 or 8, I don’t exactly remember when I started.
This is my 5th attempt in trying to start VBox. I did a complete uninstall and went thru and deleted everything left behind, including the kernel module - which I reinstalled each time. This is the last time I try this application in Linux - never had any problems in Windows - it always started in minutes not hours!
Is it me or is this just a piece of feces application?
Here is the log:

00:00:01.335344 VirtualBox VM 7.0.2 r154219 linux.amd64 (Nov 1 2022 23:07:43) release log

00:00:01.335348 Log opened 2022-11-29T02:23:56.400840000Z

00:00:01.335349 Build Type: release

00:00:01.335352 OS Product: Linux

00:00:01.335353 OS Release: 6.0.8-1-MANJARO

00:00:01.335354 OS Version: #1 SMP PREEMPT_DYNAMIC Thu Nov 10 20:52:34 UTC 2022

00:00:01.335392 DMI Product Name: Inspiron 16 5620

00:00:01.335403 DMI Product Version:

00:00:01.335410 Firmware type: UEFI

00:00:01.336193 Secure Boot: Disabled

00:00:01.336256 Host RAM: 23725MB (23.1GB) total, 21570MB (21.0GB) available

00:00:01.336261 Executable: /usr/lib/virtualbox/VirtualBoxVM

00:00:01.336262 Process ID: 8709

00:00:01.336263 Package type: LINUX_64BITS_GENERIC (OSE)

00:00:01.343103 Installed Extension Packs:

00:00:01.343151 VNC (Version: 7.0.2 r154219; VRDE Module: VBoxVNC; Crypto Module: )

00:00:01.345242 Console: Machine state changed to 'Starting'

00:00:01.345676 Qt version: 5.15.7

00:00:01.345686 X11 Window Manager code: 6

00:00:01.371358 SUP: seg #0: R 0x00000000 LB 0x00060000

00:00:01.371424 SUP: seg #1: R X 0x00060000 LB 0x0018f000

00:00:01.371434 SUP: seg #2: R 0x001ef000 LB 0x0006b000

00:00:01.371439 SUP: seg #3: RW 0x0025a000 LB 0x0002eae8

00:00:01.423791 GUI: UIMediumEnumerator: Medium-enumeration finished!

00:00:01.426623 X Server details: vendor: The X.Org Foundation, release: 12101004, protocol version: 11.0, display string: :0

00:00:01.426673 Using XKB for keycode to scan code conversion

00:00:01.459906 GUI: UIDesktopWidgetWatchdog::sltHandleHostScreenAvailableGeometryCalculated: Screen 0 work area is actually resized to: 0x0 x 1680x1013

00:00:01.470807 GUI: UIDesktopWidgetWatchdog::sltHandleHostScreenAvailableGeometryCalculated: Screen 1 work area is actually resized to: 0x0 x 1680x1013

00:00:01.543024 GUI: UIMediumEnumerator: Medium-enumeration finished!

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There’s nothing wrong with VirtualBox generally. Are you per chance on Intel 11th Gen? – VirtualBox - ArchWiki

If not already helped please output of inxi -Fxz (in between ``` markers preferably) for anyone to have a chance to answer usefully.

Note that the installed module needs to be loaded, otherwise it will stuck forever. Normally it should print an error. Anyway… I use virt-manager or gnome-boxes, no extra module (driver) needed here.

My fault, yes I loaded the installed module each time.


Ok i don’t use virtualbox, but just out of curiosity I tried it myself. Here is the terminal output:

[user@manjaro ~]$ LANG=C pamac install virtualbox

Choose optional dependencies for virtualbox:
1:  virtualbox-guest-iso: Guest Additions CD image
2:  virtualbox-ext-vnc: VNC server support
3:  virtualbox-sdk: Developer kit

Enter a selection (default=none): 1,2

Choose a provider for VIRTUALBOX-HOST-MODULES:
1:  linux419-virtualbox-host-modules     7.0.4-3    extra
2:  linux510-virtualbox-host-modules     7.0.4-2    extra
3:  linux515-virtualbox-host-modules     7.0.4-2    extra
4:  linux519-virtualbox-host-modules     7.0.4-1    extra
5:  linux54-virtualbox-host-modules      7.0.4-2    extra
6:  linux60-virtualbox-host-modules      7.0.4-2    extra
7:  linux61-virtualbox-host-modules      7.0.4-0.3  extra
8:  linux515-rt-virtualbox-host-modules  7.0.4-2    community
9:  linux60-rt-virtualbox-host-modules   7.0.4-1    community
10:  virtualbox-host-dkms                 7.0.4-1    community

Enter a number (default=1): 10

Resolving dependencies...
Checking inter-conflicts...

To install (7):
 virtualbox-guest-iso  7.0.4-1                             community  38.4 MB
 liblzf                3.6-3    (Required By: virtualbox)  community  17.0 kB
 libtpms               0.9.5-2  (Required By: virtualbox)  community  428.5 kB
 dkms                  3.0.8-1  (Required By: virtualbox)  extra      37.6 kB
 virtualbox-host-dkms  7.0.4-1  (Required By: virtualbox)  community  779.9 kB
 virtualbox            7.0.4-1                             community  44.4 MB
 virtualbox-ext-vnc    7.0.4-1                             community  89.4 kB

Total download size: 84.1 MB
Total installed size: 254.8 MB

Apply transaction ? [y/N] y
Download of virtualbox-host-dkms (7.0.4-1) started
Download of dkms (3.0.8-1) started
Download of dkms (3.0.8-1) finished
Download of liblzf (3.6-3) started
Download of liblzf (3.6-3) finished
Download of virtualbox-guest-iso (7.0.4-1) started
Download of virtualbox-host-dkms (7.0.4-1) finished
Download of libtpms (0.9.5-2) started
Download of libtpms (0.9.5-2) finished
Download of virtualbox (7.0.4-1) started
Download of virtualbox (7.0.4-1) finished
Download of virtualbox-ext-vnc (7.0.4-1) started
Download of virtualbox-ext-vnc (7.0.4-1) finished
Download of virtualbox-guest-iso (7.0.4-1) finished
Checking keyring...                                                                                                                                                                                             [7/7]
Checking integrity...                                                                                                                                                                                           [7/7]
Loading packages files...                                                                                                                                                                                       [7/7]
Checking file conflicts...                                                                                                                                                                                      [7/7]
Checking available disk space...                                                                                                                                                                                [7/7]
Installing dkms (3.0.8-1)...                                                                                                                                                                                    [1/7]
Installing virtualbox-host-dkms (7.0.4-1)...                                                                                                                                                                    [2/7]
Installing liblzf (3.6-3)...                                                                                                                                                                                    [3/7]
Installing virtualbox-guest-iso (7.0.4-1)...                                                                                                                                                                    [4/7]

===> virtualbox-guest-iso post install message:
===> Redistribution of VBoxGuestAdditions.iso from the binary packages
===> on with Arch Linux has been granted by
===> InnoTek Systemberatung GmbH.
===> By using this package you accept
===> the VirtualBox Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL)
===> which can be found here:
===> If you do not accept this license, you must remove the package immediately.

Installing libtpms (0.9.5-2)...                                                                                                                                                                                 [5/7]
Installing virtualbox (7.0.4-1)...                                                                                                                                                                              [6/7]
Installing virtualbox-ext-vnc (7.0.4-1)...                                                                                                                                                                      [7/7]
Running post-transaction hooks...
Creating system user accounts...                                                                                                                                                                                [1/8]
Reloading system manager configuration...                                                                                                                                                                       [2/8]
Reloading device manager configuration...                                                                                                                                                                       [3/8]
Arming ConditionNeedsUpdate...                                                                                                                                                                                  [4/8]
Updating the MIME type database...                                                                                                                                                                              [5/8]
Install DKMS modules                                                                                                                                                                                            [6/8]
==> dkms install --no-depmod vboxhost/7.0.4_OSE -k 5.15.79-1-MANJARO
==> dkms install --no-depmod vboxhost/7.0.4_OSE -k 6.0.9-1-MANJARO
==> depmod 5.15.79-1-MANJARO
==> depmod 6.0.9-1-MANJARO
Updating icon theme caches...                                                                                                                                                                                   [7/8]
Updating the desktop file MIME type cache...                                                                                                                                                                    [8/8]
Transaction successfully finished.
[user@manjaro ~]$ virtualbox
WARNING: The vboxdrv kernel module is not loaded. Either there is no module
        available for the current kernel (6.0.9-1-MANJARO) or it failed to
        load. Please recompile the kernel module and install it by

          sudo /sbin/vboxconfig

        You will not be able to start VMs until this problem is fixed.
[user@manjaro ~]$ sudo /sbin/vboxconfig
sudo: /sbin/vboxconfig: Befehl nicht gefunden
[user@manjaro ~]$ sudo /bin/vboxconfig
sudo: /bin/vboxconfig: Befehl nicht gefunden
[user@manjaro ~]$ sudo modprobe -v vboxdrv
insmod /lib/modules/6.0.9-1-MANJARO/updates/dkms/vboxdrv.ko.zst
[user@manjaro ~]$ virtualbox

and you see it just works:

If you have an existing image imported, there could be a difference that the oracle extensions is not installed…

Found the solution in a 3 year old thread somewhere, I added a 5 or 6 letter command in BIOS, which was mentioned in no other source of information that I searched.

and the command was?

Don’t mark such statements as a solution. After 23 days you write this and mark your own thing as a solution? Removed.


My apologies, just plainly wasn’t thinking

The solution was adding

ibt=off” to /etc/default/grub on the end of the line beginning with GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT= inside the end quotation mark.

Why it works, I have no clue as I haven’t had the time to research it, but it does work.

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Does anyone know how you do this on BTRFS?

I’m banging my head against a wall with Virtualbox but I don’ have /etc/default/grub, I’ve got /etc/default/grub-btrfs instead. In there I just have a file called config and no setting of the above name at all.

Really? It’s part of grub package.
Are you using another bootloader then?

Check if grub is installed:

$ pacman -Qs grub

if yes, then re-install to get /etc/default/grub back:

$ sudo pacman -S grub

I’d caution to be careful with that advise.

I know next to nothing about BTRFS but I know that there is this package:

Arch Linux - grub-btrfs 4.12-2 (any)

which is likely also in Manjaro repos
and which seems to be specially suited for BTRFS based installations

(just cautioning to not mess up the setup by installing a bootloader not intended for the kind of system)

… look at the Package Contents → view the file list …
there is: /etc/default/grub-btrfs/
with the config inside

Nope - Definitely using Grub, but it’s slightly different on a BTRFS filesystem.

THe issue I have is that etc/default/grub-btrfs/config doesn’t have the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT variable setting.

In /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober I have the following…

      for LINUX in ${LINUXPROBED} ; do
        LROOT="`echo ${LINUX} | cut -d ':' -f 1`"
        LBOOT="`echo ${LINUX} | cut -d ':' -f 2`"
        LLABEL="`echo ${LINUX} | cut -d ':' -f 3 | tr '^' ' '`"
        LKERNEL="`echo ${LINUX} | cut -d ':' -f 4`"
        LINITRD="`echo ${LINUX} | cut -d ':' -f 5 | tr '^' ' '`"
        LPARAMS="`echo ${LINUX} | cut -d ':' -f 6- | tr '^' ' '`"

LPARAMS seems to be the bit that has the kernel parameters in it.

@tiefling as well:
sorry for my post! - I just realized that “grub-btrfs” has “grub” as a dependency
grub should also be installed
which should give you the directory and config file you don’t seem to have
with the

line in there

I don’t have this at all - Can I just create it?

I could also try adding this to the grub-btrfs/config file…


OK - I can now see /etc/default/grub - Quite why I couldn’t earlier I do not know - Very odd.

(Possibly a case of “/me is a blind idiot…”)

I honestly don’t know - but that file:
with that config option in it
is part of grub
which is a dependency of grub-btrfs - therefore it should be present

oh - I see it actually is there indeed … :sunglasses:

Yup - Definitely putting this one down to one of those classic bugs that exists between the screen and the keyboard! :man_facepalming:

This solution is helpful if you have an Intel CPU of the 11th generation or newer installed in your computer.
If you encounter error messages when you enter the following command.

journalctl -k --grep=ENDBR 

An adjustment of the kernel parameters in the GRUB settings can be helpful.
The grub settings can be found here: /etc/default/grub

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“<other kernel parameters> ibt=off”

After adjusting the settings do not forget to update grub with the following command:

sudo update-grub

You can also adjust the kernel parameters at boot time. Then they are only valid for the current boot process.
Simply press the E key in the GRUB OS selection.

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Thank you! It took me all day to find this little piece of information.
Recently I upgraded to the linux61 kernel and my virtualbox just stopped working.
Adding your suggestion fixed my problem. Life saver!