Why can I not log into Debian 4.0 on Sun VirtualBox 3.0.12?

Gaurang Jani January 13, 2013
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Hello MakeUseOf Team,

I am Gaurang Jani from india. At school I have to learn Linux, especially Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu. At my home I want to use Debian 4.0 because I neither like RHEL nor Ubuntu.

I copied Sun VirtualBox 3.0.12 from my friend’s pen drive and downloaded Debian 4.0 VDI from this web site. The problem is, when I boot Debian 4.0 on my VirtualBox , everything loads, I have to enter username (in this VDI it is “root” or “toor”) and password (“debian” or “reverse”). I can enter username, but when I enter password, my keyboard doesn’t work. I can not even enter a simple word.

  1. susendeep dutta
    January 14, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Firstly,remove Debian by opening Virtual Box and select Debian or whatever name you have given to it.Right click on it and click on remove.Don't worry,it will not delete the VDI file you had downloaded.

    Now,start a fresh by doing the same thing i.e. loading it in Virtual Box.This sometimes happens with me and it fixes it.

    If it doesn't works for you,then download the ISO file and install it in Virtual Box.

    Debain 6.0.6 latest stable -




    Also,make sure that you are using the latest version of Virtual Box.This would make sure that all bugs in the previous versions are fixed and you wont have to face it.

    • gaurang
      January 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you sir for replay,but,currently i using latest version of oracle virtualbox with latest debian 6.but still this problem occures.i think i should give up debian.
      But i only want GNOME desktop.can you give me any suggessions except ubuntu and RHEL ?

      • susendeep dutta
        January 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

        It seems that the problem is with the virtual machine i.e. Virtual Box.If you are not hesitant to use another virtualization software,you can use Vmware Player -


        Explanation on how to use it -


        If you do not want to use Debian and want to stick with Virtual Box,then
        you can either try Fedora which is based on GNOME 3 or can use Ubuntu and apply GNOME shell which will look a bit modern.

        How to Install & Use GNOME Shell on Ubuntu -


        • Gaurang
          January 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

          Ok i downloaded Puppy Linux and Linux Mint.Works fine with Oracle VirtualBox.Thanks for replay...

          I founded during searching my problem on net that some new distros like bodhi,Lubuntu,Xubuntu,Arch Linux also have this "password" problem.Oracle must pay attention on these problems and solve them as soon as possible.


        • dragonmouth
          February 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm

          It is not an Oracle problem. There is no "password" problem".

          ALL Linux distros require a userid/password to log in, whether they run native or in a Virtual Environment.

          From the description of your problem, it looks like you just copied Virtual Box files from one computer to another. You cannot just copy an application to a PC and hope it works, you must actually go through the install process for it to work properly. Go to:
          and download the correct installation file for your hosting environment, in your case Windows. Then follow the install instructions. Windows is very particular about how applications are installed.

          BTW - Virtual Box is up to version 4.2.6 so install the latest available rather than using an outdated version.