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failure installing Centos 5.4 on VB 3.0.8

PostPosted: 29. Oct 2009, 03:59
by fredex
Running VB 3.0.8 on a Centos 5.4 host. successfully runs WinXP and ChromeOS pre-release. Also have successfully installed Fedora 12 beta.

however when trying to create another guest VM containing Centos 5.4 I get a repeated failure when booting the installation media. I've verified the checksum of the downloaded iso, and have tried installing both from a burned DVD and directly from the iso. I also tried the Centos 5.3 DVD iso and got the same failure.

I get the text menu where F2, F3, etc., give various options. I hit enter to proceed, it goes on for only a very few seconds then stops with these lines as the last few on the screen:

NetLabel: initializing
NetLabel: domain hash size = 128
NetLabel: protocols = UNLABELED CIPSOv4
NetLabel: unlabeled traffic allowed by default
NET: Registered protocol family 2

then it just sits there, apparently forever (for some values of "forever" :wink: ). I've let it sit for up to 10 minutes and it seems truly hung.

I've tried turning off as many of the VM options as I can (in VB) and it makes no difference. I've tried a few kernel boot options such as "linux noacpi" and "linux noprobe" and similar and it makes no difference.

I've told VB that it's Red Hat linux, 32-bit. The physical host is a new AMD Phenom-II X2 with 4 gigs of RAM, running a 32-bit Centos.

I note a number of others posting about Centos-related questions, all of which implies that they have been able to actually install. So I'd appreciate a clue or two here, if anyone can advise me.

Thanks in advance!

Re: failure installing Centos 5.4 on VB 3.0.8

PostPosted: 8. Nov 2009, 10:54
by zigi
Hi,
you must enable IO APIC for the guest in the settings dialog or append kernel boot parameter nolapic (for installation: linux nolapic | for installed CentOS guest: in grub append to the end of the line begining with kernel nolapic).

I have been reported it as a bug: http://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/5423

Re: failure installing Centos 5.4 on VB 3.0.8

PostPosted: 17. Jul 2010, 21:44
by Blackbird
Reproduced the same bug on VirtualBox-3.2.6-63112-Win.exe
Host: Windows 7 64bits
Guest: CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-DVD-1of2.iso

Re: failure installing Centos 5.4 on VB 3.0.8

PostPosted: 13. Aug 2010, 04:41
by iceney
zigi wrote:Hi,
you must enable IO APIC for the guest in the settings dialog or append kernel boot parameter nolapic (for installation: linux nolapic | for installed CentOS guest: in grub append to the end of the line begining with kernel nolapic).

I have been reported it as a bug: http://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/5423


Thanks zigi. I enabled IO APIC, and it really worked for me.

Re: failure installing Centos 5.4 on VB 3.0.8

PostPosted: 9. Mar 2012, 22:00
by dullrock
Had issue installing RHEL 5.5 on VB 4.1.8 r75467

zigis fix worked for me