Installing in VMWare Workstation Player, the display is so small that it makes it impossible to reply to the multiple installation screens. There should the option to start as a live session, then enlarge the display resolution and then start the installation.

In VirtualBox, when poiting to the ISO (checksum verified), and trying to start this ISO file, I got the error: "FATAL: No bootable media found! System halted". It is the same media that started installation in VMWare, without errors, just the small screen.

I have many linux distros installed in both VMWare and VirtualBox all running without problems.

  • Got the same issue - i tried the suggestion above tab-tab-enter until you reach to CLI installation window and you'll see extracting...
    – user26755
    Aug 17, 2021 at 15:32

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I am newbie with elementary. Want to try it out on VMWare and stuck with the small screen. Looking at the "Select a Language" page helplessly...

It seems slow too...

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EDIT: Found a solution on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/elementaryos/comments/p2zsss/cannot_install_odin_on_virtualbox_because_of/h8nrthu?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3

// added a line to the VM file (.vmx), so the first three lines look like this:

.encoding = "windows-1252" config.version = "8" firmware="efi"


In VMWare using "Tab-tab-enter" I could manage to install Elementary OS without having all the installation screens fully displayed. This should not happen.

It remains the error reported in Virtualbox to solve.


Of course, it should be fixed by developers, but in the meantime, also see this tread. It works.


Enter a key while boot countdown is still running and add vga=ask to the list of kernel parameters and then get the list of possible resolutions displayed and choose one. Did work for me without hassle.

By the way: since this is a kernel parameter it works for all distros.

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