F20 in VirtualBox VM

Greg Woods woods at ucar.edu
Tue Dec 24 01:31:18 UTC 2013

On Mon, 2013-12-23 at 12:37 -0500, David wrote:
> On 12/23/2013 9:11 AM, Greg Woods wrote:

> > I started this thread because I was trying to install an F20 VM under
> > VirtualBox on an F19 system.  I do know how to use VB to connect the DVD
> > ISO to the VM and install an OS. The problem is that when I do this with
> > the F20 ISO, syslinux boots and the first Anaconda selection screen
> > comes up. I select "Install Fedora", and I get nothing but a black
> > screen after that. I still have not solved this problem.

> I have never had this problem but I see several users post about it. As
> I recall it the suggestions were 'to install in text mode' 

Thanks for that idea. It didn't work, but it did tell me what's wrong.
Somehow, the version of VirtualBox that I have doesn't actually support
64-bit VMs, even though it comes from an x86_64 RPM:

# rpm -qa | fgrep VirtualBox

But when I do start the install in text mode (and erase "quiet" from the
kernel command line), the error message is that it's a 32-bit CPU and
I'm trying to boot a 64-bit kernel. Is it actually possible to install a
64-bit VM in VirtualBox, and if so, where do I get a version that
supports it? The one I got came straight from the Downloads page at
virtualbox.org, and when creating the VM by pressing the New button, it
doesn't give any "64 bit" choices, just "Fedora".


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