As a Kali Linux user, you may face certain problems after installation.
As such, After installation, a black screen may happen when you start your computer and open Kali Linux, or after importing the Kali Linux image into VirtualBox.
You proceed to start the machine as follows.
You Clicked start this way.
The VM will be started of course. What? It’s stuck and that’s the very problem, right?
Many viewers complain that when they start or restart their computer, they see a stuck blank screen along with a blinking cursor. How to fix it? We’re just going to find out.
Fixing Black Screen
The black screen problem can be fixed by using multiple ways. The best ones are listed for you.
- Enable Virtualization
Enabling virtualization in your Windows system can be done by accessing the BIOS. It can be done by going to Start => Settings => Update Security.
- Go to the Settings icon above the Power Button. Click on it.
- It will show you Windows Settings options.
- Scroll down till it shows Update and Security. Press it down.
- Click on recovery.
- In Advanced startup, there will be an option labeled ‘Restart Now’. Click on it. It will restart your PC.
- Or you can directly go to your power button and click on restart.
- Wait for the ‘Choose an Option’ Screen.
Then you need to navigate to Troubleshoot => Advanced Options => UEFI Firmware settings
It is directed as shown below.
- Then click on ‘restart’ again.
- Wait for the BIOS Menu.
- In the BIOS menu, navigate to Configuration => Intel Virtual Technology using arrow keys as follows.
- Press Enter key for the Enable/Disable option.
- Virtualization has been established.
- Press F9 and F10 keys to save and exit.
- The system will restart now.
- Go back to VirtualBox and start Kali Linux. It will appear.
- Wait for the login screen.
- Username = root
- Password = toor
- Wait for the Kali Linux screen to load.
- The job has been accomplished.
Reinstalling Operating System
People face black screen problems after the installation of Kali Linux because they have chosen the wrong GRUB Boot loader during the installation process.
So, the easiest way to resolve this issue is by reinstalling the operating system of Kali Linux and choosing the correct Grub Boot Loader.
- It can be done by installing Kali Linux on the virtual machine or VMware workstation.
- Open your workstation.
- Create a new virtual machine by clicking on the option.
- Or you can go to the File menu and choose the new virtual machine option. Or you can use Ctrl + N command.
- Choose ‘typical’. It is recommended by the software. Click next.
- Three options will be displayed. Choose the most suitable one. You can choose ‘I will install the operating system later. Other options can be chosen if you have a DVD file of Kali Linux or the Installer Disc image. Then click next.
- Choose Linux as the guest operating system. The version will be Debian 6 64-bit. Choose next.
- You may change the name or location here. Then click next.
- You may change the specified disc space for Linux. Choose split virtual disc into multiple files and select next.
- You may want to customize hardware and then click finish.
- Now click power on this virtual machine.
- Use the down arrow from the keyboard and select graphical install.
- Select a language and click continue. Similarly, select the location and the keymap.
- Let it process.
- Write your hostname, which is kali.org, and click continue.
- Type your root password. It is very important for you whenever you log into it. So, remember it well. Click continue, then again. Click guided – use the entire disc. Click continue and again do so.
- Select all files in one partition. Click continue. Select Finish partitioning and write changes to the disc and continue.
- Choose yes and continue saving and write the changes to the disc. Click continue.
- The installation has been completed.
- Select no for using a network mirror and continue. Then choose yes for installing the Grub Boot loader to master the boot record and continue.
- Now, if you choose to enter the device manually, you will face a blank screen. So, be careful while choosing it. Choose /dev/sda. Click continue. Again, click continue.
- Now a login page will appear. Give username ‘root’ and password.
- You will see that you are in Kali Linux.
- The problem has been solved!
Fixing blinking cursor
When Kali Linux is opened in Virtual Box, the problem faced is a blank screen with a blinking cursor. When you start Kali Linux, you will see that Windows is working fine, but Kali Linux is not putting up. After initializing the ram disk, it will show a blinking cursor with a blank screen.
It will show this screen and will not boot up.
It should run fine if virtualization has been enabled, but if it still does not do so, even if you have enabled virtualization in the Bios menu, follow these steps to resolve the issue.
- Close the Virtualbox and Kali Linux. Go to the search bar at the bottom left of the desktop page and search the Command prompt by typing ‘cmd’. Five options will appear under that single head. Select Run as administrator.
- Open the command prompt as an administrator.
Now you need to type this command,
bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off
- You will see that the operation has been completed.
- Now you need to restart the system. Go to the power button and select restart.
- After you restart the system, open the virtual box.
- Start the Kali Linux. You will see that it will boot up absolutely fine.
The problem has been successfully resolved!
To sum up these guidelines, I will say that a blinking cursor and black screen may appear due to a corrupted or damaged boot record or some other problem in the system. It can be easily resolved by the fixes mentioned above. So instead of getting confused by the problems, review these simple methods and enjoy fixing your problems.
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