Ticket #10380 (closed defect: obsolete)

Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

Window 8 display problem after installing guest additions

Reported by: par Owned by:
Component: guest additions Version: VirtualBox 4.1.10
Keywords: windows 8; guest additions Cc:
Guest type: Windows Host type: Windows


I installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview (64-bit) build 8250 and it was working fine until i installed guest additions (4.1.10). I rebooted after installing just as the installer suggested, but afterwards there seems to be some display problems.

When booting up I can see the Win8 logo and the loader animation initially, but by the time windows should display the home screen it's just a black page. Sometimes it flickers a bit but then back to black page again.

My host OS is Windows7 (64-bit).

Attachments Download (68.1 KB) - added by par 7 years ago.
Windows8-2012-09-18-20-20-13.log Download (79.1 KB) - added by theflash21 7 years ago.
Log file for black/flashing screen in Windows 8 full-screen - version 4.2.

Change History

Changed 7 years ago by par

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by par

btw don't blame me for the duplicates it's your bug tracker that is buggy ;) i was shown an error page the first 2 times.

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by Andre.Ziegler

Here is a link to a later Gast-Addon which fixes some Display issue with Win8:

It fixed WMP and WinSAT issues for me.

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by par

Installed guest additions 4.1.11-76937 as mentioned by Andre and it seems to have solved the display problem that I experienced before.

Windowed mode seems ok but fullscreen mode gets a black screen. If using fullscreen i can get it to draw correctly only for "active" areas, for example if i have the desktop open i will see a black screen, if i right click to open the context menu i will then see the context menu being drawn correctly but everything around it is still black. If i left-click on the desktop to get the "selection rectangle" everything within the rectangle will be drawn correctly.

Maybe this should be considered as a separate issue though.

Last edited 7 years ago by par (previous) (diff)

comment:4 Changed 7 years ago by HosseinA

I have installed Win8 Consumer Preview (64-bit) (build 8250) on Win7 SP1 (64-bit) host. My VirtualBox version is 4.1.12r77245

I am also having the flicker issue. This happens when I move the mouse pointer. None of the following VBoxGuestAdditions worked for me:




I was able to install the following VBoxGuestAdditions (disabling the Direct 3D option):


The issue seems to be with the Direct 3D option during the installation. The 4.1.8 version gives you the option to disable this option during the installation. Higher versions do not give you this option.

Last edited 7 years ago by HosseinA (previous) (diff)

comment:5 Changed 7 years ago by joeaut007

Same problem exists on Windows8 final. After Installation of Guest Additions - you could not navigate or open the desktop ....

comment:6 Changed 7 years ago by misha

Please try the latest VBox 4.2 with 4.2 Guest Additions.
If the problem is still there, please attach a VM log file from VBox 4.2 + 4.2 additions here.
Also, as a work-around for the case the problem still persists, you can disable 3D acceleration in VM settings (on a "Display" page in VM settings GUI).

Changed 7 years ago by theflash21

Log file for black/flashing screen in Windows 8 full-screen - version 4.2.

comment:7 Changed 7 years ago by Gregs86

I tested it with 4.2.2. and Windows 8 final. The issue is still there only when working in full screen mode. Other modes work fine.

Are there any solutions or workarounds yet for this?

Thanks in advance.

comment:8 Changed 7 years ago by flyingninjas

Also getting random screen flashes with win8 guest ubuntu 12.04 host. These screen flashes do not happen with windows host.

comment:9 Changed 5 years ago by TC78

I got also a black screen after a period of time. Virtual Box (4.3.10) switches to 1-bit mode. I supposed, it's Windows (8.1) turning off the display according to the energy saving options. Therefore I turned of 'turning off the display' and since then I didn't experienced any black screen anymore. That's not a solution but a work around. But if it helps for the time being ...

Last edited 5 years ago by TC78 (previous) (diff)

comment:10 Changed 3 years ago by aeichner

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to obsolete

Please reopen if still relevant with a recent VirtualBox release.

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