I installed CentOS 6 on Virtual Box. After the install it starts up and I select boot from local disk. When I do this, it goes to a black screen that says

Booting from local disk...

The CentOS version is 6.4-x86_64-minimal and Virtual Box is updated to the latest version 4.2.18. Any ideas how to make it boot?


I went through the installation process multiple times to verify the installer wrote to disk during the installation. It seems pretty straightforward that boot from disk should work, but not w/ CentOS, my favorite distro...

Also, I have googled around some, but the only thing out there is people saying, get a different install medium, pretty lame, maybe I'll have to break down and install the server w/ the UI so that I can boot from disk...

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  • Down votes are lame without comments. CentOS is weak, I have no problem installing Linux with other distros, only CentOS... #hateredhat – quickshiftin Sep 25 '13 at 16:11
  • I didn't downvote this, but if you mouseover the downvote button, you'll see the popup "This question does not show any research effort, it is unclear or not useful". Downvotes without a given reason may be assumed to be for that one. – MadHatter Sep 25 '13 at 16:12
  • Obviously I googled around a bit before asking.., but I'll to more research on my end ... – quickshiftin Sep 25 '13 at 16:15
  • That is not obvious. If you don't tell us what you already did, you risk us wasting our time re-treading ground already trodden; it's impolite to fob off onto others work you could do yourself, especially if you're asking for their help. I should also warn you that your question is accumulating close votes (one of which is mine) because VirtualBox is generally felt to be sub-production quality around here, a classic sign of a question not related to production sysadmin, and therefore off-topic. Writing more about what you're doing might avoid that, too. – MadHatter Sep 25 '13 at 16:16

Eject the installation disc, then boot up again.

  • Although, frankly, why it can't boot from disk through the installation CD menu is pretty bad. – quickshiftin Sep 25 '13 at 16:24
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    It's a bug in VirtualBox, 5 years old too: virtualbox.org/ticket/2680 – faker Sep 25 '13 at 16:28

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