Kali Linux Black Screen and Blinking Cursor After Installation

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.

Kali Linux in VBox

You Clicked start this way.

Start Kali Linux from VBox

The VM will be started of course. What? It’s stuck and that’s the very problem, right?

Starting Kali Linux in VirtualBox
Select Kali GNU/Linux at startup
Black screen while starting Kali Linux in VirtualBox

Blinking Cursor

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.

Kali Linux Start Stuck at Blinking Cursor

Fixing Black Screen

The black screen problem can be fixed by using multiple ways. The best ones are listed for you.

  1. 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.

  1. Go to the Settings icon above the Power Button. Click on it.
Start Control panel from Start on windows
  1. It will show you Windows Settings options.
Search for Windows settings in Control Panel
  1. Scroll down till it shows Update and Security. Press it down.
select update and settings in Windows
  1. Click on recovery.
Select recovery from left panel in Windows update
  1. In Advanced startup, there will be an option labeled ‘Restart Now’. Click on it. It will restart your PC.
Restart computer after update is done
  1. Or you can directly go to your power button and click on restart.
Restart windows through power button
  1. Wait for the ‘Choose an Option’ Screen. 
select continue at the startup

Then you need to navigate to Troubleshoot => Advanced Options => UEFI Firmware settings

It is directed as shown below.

select reset PC
select system restore
Once done, restart at firmware settings
  1. Then click on ‘restart’ again.
  1. Wait for the BIOS Menu.
Open Bios to change configuration
  1. In the BIOS menu, navigate to Configuration => Intel Virtual Technology using arrow keys as follows.
navigate to configuration using right arrow
enable virtual technology
enable intel virtual technology in Bios
virtual technology is enabled
  1. Press Enter key for the Enable/Disable option. 
  1. Virtualization has been established.
  1. Press F9 and F10 keys to save and exit.
Press F10 to save and restart
  1. The system will restart now.
  1. Go back to VirtualBox and start Kali Linux. It will appear.
open terminal in virtual box and start kali linux
  1. Wait for the login screen.
  1. Username = root
enter the username and password for root user
  1. Password = toor
default root password for Kali Linux is toor
  1. Wait for the Kali Linux screen to load.
Kali Linux should start without any problem
  1. 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. 

Install the grub boot loader on a hard disk

So, the easiest way to resolve this issue is by reinstalling the operating system of Kali Linux and choosing the correct Grub Boot Loader.

  1. It can be done by installing Kali Linux on the virtual machine or VMware workstation
  2. Open your workstation.
open vmware workstation
  1. Create a new virtual machine by clicking on the option.
select create new virtual machine
  1. Or you can go to the File menu and choose the new virtual machine option. Or you can use Ctrl + N command.
Alternate way to create new virtual machine
  1. Choose ‘typical’. It is recommended by the software. Click next.
select typical ( recommended )
  1. 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.
select install the operating system later
  1. Choose Linux as the guest operating system. The version will be Debian 6 64-bit. Choose next.
select disk space to allot  and select split virtual disk into multiple files
  1. You may change the name or location here. Then click next.
  1. You may change the specified disc space for Linux. Choose split virtual disc into multiple files and select next.
  1. You may want to customize hardware and then click finish.
  1. Now click power on this virtual machine.
power on the virtual machine
  1. Use the down arrow from the keyboard and select graphical install.
select live 686 pae
  1. Select a language and click continue. Similarly, select the location and the keymap.
  1. Let it process.
let Kali Linux load
  1. Write your hostname, which is kali.org, and click continue.
  1. 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.
partition disk utility on kali linux
  1. Select all files in one partition. Click continue. Select Finish partitioning and write changes to the disc and continue.
configure software raid, partitioning etc
  1. Choose yes and continue saving and write the changes to the disc. Click continue.
  1. The installation has been completed.
start Kali Linux installation on windows
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  1. Now a login page will appear. Give username ‘root’ and password.
enter root user and password
  1. You will see that you are in Kali Linux.
  1. 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.

Problem with stuck black screen and cursor on Kali Linux

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.

  1. 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 command prompt on windows
  1. Open the command prompt as an administrator.

Now you need to type this command,

             bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off

type bcdedit to fix the problem
  1. You will see that the operation has been completed.
Once done close command prompt and restart Kali Linux
  1. Now you need to restart the system. Go to the power button and select restart.
  1. After you restart the system, open the virtual box.
  1. Start the Kali Linux. You will see that it will boot up absolutely fine.

The problem has been successfully resolved!

Concluding Words

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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